Life in a Post-SCORM World Part 3: When will you need an LRS?

Megan Torrance (CEO, TorranceLearning)


In a SCORM-based environment, the learning & development team’s tools primarily consist of courseware development tools and the learning management system(s) (LMS) that will house the resulting elearning courses and assessments. Courseware development tools reduce the workload associated with SCORM compliance for the LMS to just a click and a drop-down box. The LMS is often the center of the corporate learning universe, capturing all those SCORM transactions and making them available for reporting. (Of course, your LMS is likely to support other functions that don’t have anything to do with SCORM such as instructor-led class registration and management, virtual class sessions, document repository and e-signature, portal pages and dashboards, and reporting. It may also integrate with performance and talent management and even other business systems.)

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What would you do if you knew? xAPI Musings

By Jim Harris (Learning Designer, University of Northhampton)

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According to Hagar, S. “What is understood need not be discussed”(1), but if we want to improve, and improve our organisation beyond what is already known, habitual, and traditional, we need support in finding ways of moving from single to double loop learning(2) (described 1:17 minutes into this video.)

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Storyline Javascript xAPI Customization | Best Practices for xAPI

By Sean Putman (VP Learning and Development, Altair Engineering)

Storyline boxIn the first article I wrote about Storyline and xAPI. I looked at how Storyline dealt with xAPI out of the box. I created a course and published it with no customization and got a set of statements. Since Storyline can execute JavaScript I wanted to look at how to extend Storyline to provide a better xAPI output.

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Events | Summer, 2016


xAPI Camp: Lurie Children’s Hospital – Chicago – September 16, 2016


xAPI Camp: DevLearn – Las Vegas – November 15, 2016


Events | Spring, 2016

There’s a newly announced xAPI Camp in September, 2016 at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago! It’s going to focus on medicine, medical education, and hospital systems like electronic health records and smart devices. Be there.

The speakers have been announced for xAPI Camp London. It’s going to be a stellar group. If you’re interested in vocabulary and data ownership, be there.

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What’s In A Name? Expanding the Vocabulary of xAPI


By Jason Haag (SETA Contractor, ADL)


Most people are familiar with the famous quote, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” In other words, if you call a rose something else, it still smells the same. This affectionate Shakespeare reference highlights that the names of things alone do not affect what they really are. Vocabulary has been a key concern for the xAPI community, especially those working in analytics. The new vocabulary companion specification takes a big step forward for our community. 
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Skill Intelligence: beyond business intelligence with xAPI

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By Megan Bowe (Partner, MakingBetter)

There’s something very interesting about business intelligence and using analytics, in general, to pinpoint anomalies in an organization. Problems, efficiencies, deviations from expectations — these anomalies require a person to dive deep into many processes, roles, and activities to uncover without getting distracted and only chasing the data down one rabbit hole. In any organization, there are clues, opinions, and politics influencing first the collection, and then the interpretation of data. Skills Intelligence is a framework for exploring data about learning and growth. 

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Life in a Post-SCORM World Part 2: Courseware Tools & LMS

sketchnote TorranceMegan Torrance (CEO, TorranceLearning)


In the Winter 2016 xAPI Quarterly, I answered two questions I often field from instructional designers who are just getting into xAPI. Those two questions are the start of a journey. They help you define a business case for using something more flexible than SCORM, and they’re going to help you move down the path in terms of designing learning interventions.

Before long, though, you’ll need to actually create those learning interventions and that’s where the next two questions will help In this article, I’ll share answers to the next two questions.

  1. “Can I do this with my current courseware development tools?
  2. “Can I do this with my current LMS?”

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Spring, 2016 | Table of Contents

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News for youse: xAPI Camp Autodesk Videos

The videos of the presentations from xAPI Camp Autodesk are available now. Watch them here!