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2015 #EdTech Forum at CIC: xAPI

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Jonathan Poltrack gives an introduction to the Experience API (xAPI) and how it fits into the ed tech ecosystem.

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2015 #EdTech Forum at CIC: xAPI

  1. 1. Experience API (xAPI) Introduction 01 June 2015 Jonathan Poltrack Director of Operations Alexandria VA Co-Lab & Technical Team Co-Lead Problem Solutions LLC SETA Support to the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative
  2. 2. An “Elevator Pitch” is Difficult!
  3. 3. 4 The History
  4. 4. 5 The Legacy Model • Content Packages imported into LMSs • Content duplicated in each system • LMSs store the content, control access and manage learner data Distributed Content
  5. 5. Legacy Analogy 6
  6. 6. This Works… • For single learner-based learning content • For asynchronous learning • When the content is browser-based • When the content can be physically located in the LMS (or on the LMS domain) • For “small” data like scores, complete/incomplete, pass/fail • For the common self-paced learning use cases
  7. 7. But there are new use cases
  8. 8. Learning in Today’s Environment Personalized and Brokered Content •Just-in-Time •Just-for-You Access From Any Device Learn From: •Intelligent Tutors •Mentors and peers via social networks •Self-Discovery Learn Using: •Games •Virtual Worlds •Intelligent content
  9. 9. 10 How do I get a complete picture of my learning data?
  10. 10. 11 The Experience API
  11. 11. 12 Content Before xAPI
  12. 12. 13 Content After xAPI xAPI isn’t about *content* It’s about *data*
  13. 13. Learning Management System (LMS) User Management Course Management Run-Time Player Scheduling Grade Book Search Delivery Learning Records Statistics Repository Sequencing Preferences AssessmentReports What Data? Learning Management System (LMS)
  14. 14. Learning Management System (LMS) Learning Records What Data? Learning Record Store (LRS) Jon submitted homework from GPS location (x,y) Jon watched WWII video Jon Passed History 101 Jon Answered ‘A’ on Question 1 Jon completed History 101 quiz Jon turned control switch to 50%
  15. 15. 16 • Collaboration between Google, Facebook, Microsoft and others • Format: <Actor> <Verb> <Object> (I did this) • I (actor) completed (verb) the IA course (object) • Allows reporting of experiences, not just completions • Jon posted a photo • Jon liked a photo • Jon commented on a photo Activity Streams
  16. 16. 17 Half of the Story LRS = Learning Record Store
  17. 17. Reporting Systems Assessme nt Services Semantic Analysis Statistical Services 18 The Other Half LRS = Learning Record Store
  18. 18. 19 http://xapi.adlnet.gov
  19. 19. 20 Questions Jonathan Poltrack jonathan.poltrack.ctr@adlnet.gov Twitter: @adljono

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