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LSCon 407 Building the xAPI Learning Ecosystem of Your Dreams

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You’re excited about the promise of an xAPI-enabled world, but you’ve got a learning management system, a catalog full of SCORM-based courses that you need, and a handful of learning tool vendors that don’t use xAPI. What if you could get the most out of an LMS and an LRS at the same time as you move to your next-generation learning and performance infrastructure?

This session will start with the learner-facing tools that will capture your xAPI data: eLearning, mobile tools, performance support, social and informal activities, and data sources from the business. You’ll review your options when it comes to LRSs and how they work (or don’t work) with your LMS. Will you work with a standalone LRS? A front-end xAPI solution with a built-in LRS? Or an LRS that is aligned with your LMS and your current learning infrastructure? You’ll hear real-world stories of three different xAPI implementations to help you plot your organization’s course toward your next-generation learning ecosystem.

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LSCon 407 Building the xAPI Learning Ecosystem of Your Dreams

  1. 1. Building the xAPI Learning EcosystemMegan Torrance, TorranceLearning Learning Solutions 2018 Session 407 Rob Houck, UL
  2. 2. ROB HOUCK Director of Technology Innovation MEGAN TORRANCE Chief Energy Officer
  3. 3. xAPI is … X = experience API = application programming interface Specification for sending, storing, retrieving activity about learning and performance experiences Not so much “next generation SCORM” as it is “what will replace SCORM.” Experience API is … Tin Can API is …
  4. 4. SCORM Time Score Location Status Answers Actor verb object Actor verb object context xAPI lego.com
  5. 5. Learning Record Provider Content Activity Statement Learning Record Store You Other & Legacy data Adobe Stock 158410923
  6. 6. Why xAPI? Measurement & analytics Move data across courses, platforms, functions Record more than just course data Personalize learning Track activity of multiple people at once Offline storage
  7. 7. What can you do with xAPI? • Learn more about the learning experience – not just elearning • Learn more about the performance • Correlate learning with performance • Offer more targeted training • Support performance in better ways • Use data to learn with others • Compare performance and learning across learners • Deliver and track training outside of the LMS
  8. 8. AdobeStock_107605561 xAPI is all about INTEROPERABILIT Y not silos.
  9. 9. STEP 1: Send the data Use your current elearning authoring tools Get your product vendor to send the data Use xapiapps to assemble things that aren’t xAPI into a thing that is Write some custom code
  10. 10. AUTHORING TOOLS Out of the box: • SCORM-like transactions • Individual page views • Actions and triggers (depends) With a little JavaScript: • Any action or trigger you want More info: www.xapiquarterly.com (Sean Putman), xAPI Cohort Fall 2017 results THIS LIST IS INCOMPLETE THIS LIST IS GROWING
  11. 11. MISC OTHER OPTIONS Not really “authoring tools,” but very deep learning experiences, LMCSes, etc. that send xAPI data. THIS LIST IS INCOMPLETE THIS LIST IS GROWING
  12. 12. First tool we’ve found outside L&D that uses xAPI THIS LIST IS INCOMPLETE THIS LIST IS GROWING
  13. 13. xapiapps
  14. 14. Riptide Elements : xAPI Statement Inspector The xAPI Inspector allows developers and xAPI practitioners to view, validate, and copy xAPI statements as they are sent to a Learning Record Store (LRS). This extension displays both the full statement and a simplified header highlighting the actor, verb, and object for an easy-to-read version of the statement. https://learning.riptidesoftware.com/
  15. 15. STEP 2: Receive the data Adobe Stock 134669543
  16. 16. The integrated approach Users Course s Enrollments SCOR M Data Reporting Courses Classe s Certs Badges SocialLearning Messaging Performance,Talenthooks Reporting Game s Sims Perf Supp Dash boards eCommerce Import/Export to Biz Data LRS SCOR M data
  17. 17. The managed ecosystem approach Users Courses Classe s eCommerce LRS Dash Boards Game s Sims Perf Supp Report s Social Performance, Talent Biz Data Other LRSes LMS Intranet Biz Data IoTwww.
  18. 18. The sidecar approach Users Course s Enrollments SCOR M Data Reporting Courses Classe s Certs Badges SocialLearning Messaging Performance,Talenthooks Reporting Game s Sims Perf Supp Dash boards eCommerce Import/Export to Biz Data Learning Record Provider Learning Record Provider LRS
  19. 19. LEARNING RECORD STORES Out of the box: • Data storage & retrieval • Visualizations & reporting Connecting to analytics • Tableau, Microsoft BI, Envision BI, etc. UP TO DATE LIST OF CONFORMANT LRS: https://adopters.adlnet.gov/ THIS LIST IS INCOMPLETE THIS LIST IS GROWING
  20. 20. LMSes WITH LRS INSIDE Out of the box: • Learning management functions • SCORM They may struggle with: • Accepting statements from outside the LMS • Reporting data in extensions UP TO DATE LIST OF CONFORMANT LRS: https://adopters.adlnet.gov/ THIS LIST IS INCOMPLETE THIS LIST IS GROWING
  21. 21. LMSes THAT CONNECT TO YOUR LRS What you can expect: • xAPI statements from courses & experiences • Non-SCORM LMS activity, too THIS LIST IS INCOMPLETE THIS LIST IS GROWING
  22. 22. Start where you are Launch xAPI record providers from the LMS* (cmi5): • Digital Chalk • Learndash • Moodle (with plugin) • Other non-xAPI LMS Send xAPI from triggers in a SCORM course Export SCORM data from LMS to LRS * This is an incomplete list.
  23. 23. Wait for your LMS to adopt xAPI Offer to beta test. Get a sidecar LRS for your special projects and new projects. • Two sets of reports • Export xAPI “Completions” LMS
  24. 24. Start shedding SCORM Stop using SCORM where you can. If you have to, build for SCORM knowing you’ll use xAPI. • Flexible tools that do both • Follow best practices for xAPI now (xAPI Quarterly) Start asking the “x” question.
  25. 25. Start learning more … Vendor sites www.learnxapi.com and www.xapiquarterly.com xAPI Learning Cohort xAPI Camps & xAPI Party
  26. 26. FORMING STORMING NORMING PERFORMING xAPI needs geeks Geek-free tools emerge Communities of Practice work to define usage Conformance & Certification emerge Project Tin Can Specification Standard More common than SCORM Is xAPI ready for prime time?
  27. 27. Get started! www.torrancelearning.com/xapi- cohort Free 12-week, vendor-neutral learning-by-doing-in-teams experience. Weekly web meetings 2-3pm ET (recorded). Winter/Spring & Fall Ad hoc teams form to tackle a project together and provide weekly report- outs.
  28. 28. Adobe Stock 100125220 How ready are you?
  29. 29. Community-driven effort to highlight xAPI use by: • Tools • Platforms • People • Spaces • Events * Implies no conformance, certification or warranty. More info: www.xapi-ready.com | http://www.cafepress.com/xapi_ready
  30. 30. ROB HOUCK UL, Director of Technology Innovation rob.houck@ul.com MEGAN TORRANCE CEO, TorranceLearning mtorrance@torrancelearning.com

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