What is the xAPI Standard and Why is it the Future of Learning Technology?

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Whether in terms of food, music, friends or significant others, we all know standard are important. The same logic applies to choosing a learning management system (LMS) with the right course content packaging tools.

Thanks to the Aviation Industry Computer-based Training Committee (AICC), elearning standards have been in place since 1988. AICC was formed during the early days of computer-based training to ensure the compatibility between learning content and early training technologies. In 2000, Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) entered the picture and standardized the way a Learning Management System read and presented learning content. Then in 2013, experience API (xAPI) — also known as Tin Can API — was developed and quickly became crucial for obtaining accurate activity reporting. Both SCORM and xAPI built off the framework AICC provided.

xAPI – Meet the New Standard

Tin Can API stands on the shoulders of SCORM as xAPI has the same functionality as SCORM, with the added ability to track learning progress offline. Since blended learning is on the rise, the xAPI mobile features are crucial. Other important elements of xAPI include its micro-behavior tracking features. Courses packaged in xAPI allow you to track learners:

  • As they read an article or interact with an eBook
  • While they watch a training video (including as they stop and restart it)
  • As they Chat with a mentor
  • Across physiological measures, such as heart-rate data
  • Through micro-interactions with e-learning content
  • With team performance in a competitive, ‘mutiplayer’, game-like environment
  • Through quiz scores and answer history, by question
  • With real-world performance in an operational context

Tin can API enables you to branch out from your LMS to mobile devices, wearable gadgets and simulators. xAPI is the leading edge standard for the future of learning technology.

Tin can API enables you to branch out from your LMS to mobile devices, wearable gadgets and simulators. xAPI is the leading edge standard for the future of learning technology.

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