xAPI – Look Before You Leap

Unless you have been living under a rock in the training and development world you have heard someone utter the words xAPI, TinCan API, or Experience API – though xAPI is by far its most common name. Like many individuals that are vetting an LMS, xAPI may be piquing your curiosity, however without any real knowledge of why xAPI is a desirable feature or what it truly means in the world of eLearning how do you know exactly what you are looking for?

What is xAPI?

As defined by Wikipedia, “The Experience API (xAPI) is an e-learning software specification that allows learning content and learning systems to speak to each other in a manner that records and tracks all types of learning experiences. Learning experiences are recorded in a Learning Record Store (LRS). LRSs can exist within traditional Learning Management Systems (LMSs) or on their own.”

…So, what does this mean?

With quite a lot of buzz and not a lot of rock-solid answers (or sources in which to find them), we set out to confirm and/or debunk some of the rumors surrounding xAPI, its mechanics, practical uses, position in the current eLearning environment, comparison with SCORM, design techniques, and development considerations. We wanted to back-up (or deny) some of the claims we’re hearing with a concrete objective analysis in hopes to address the statement, “xAPI is the future of eLearning.”

ICS Learning Group has outlined its opinion on what exactly it means to publish in xAPI, how it affects both the developer and the learner, and what its position is and will be in our rapidly changing eLearning environment. Read White paper

Asentia LMS and xAPI

Asentia LMS supports both internally launched and externally run xAPI content which allows for more comprehensive tracking of user behavior and online experiences as well as the tracking of activities outside the LMS. Contact us today with any questions or to request a free demo.

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