The Experience API (xAPI), also known as the Tin Can API, is gaining some serious traction in the eLearning world. It’s a technical specification that tracks learning and performance – recognizing that many learning experiences occur outside of the traditional LMS and web browser. (Not as familiar with xAPI? Click here.) But despite growing interest and adoption, we’ve discovered (and maybe you have, too) that it’s difficult to find real-world examples to learn from. Even harder, still, is finding a low-stakes environment in which you can explore designing and developing for it.

That’s why we’ve decided to host an xAPI Learning Cohort, starting in February. We’re firing up our bat signal and inviting anyone who is curious, has questions about, or is currently exploring xAPI to join us. Sound like you or someone you know? Keep reading for more information.

What is an xAPI Learning Cohort?

The cohort is a collaborative experience that serves as a catalyst, sounding board, cheerleader, and resource library to help people put their xAPI thoughts into practice through a hands-on approach. (We got the idea from the folks at ADL.) Participants break themselves into teams, each working on a project that excites them, and have the opportunity to share successes and struggles with the larger cohort each week. The work and work product is shared with the community and available for anyone to use.

What Can You Expect?

The cohort will meet weekly via Adobe Connect from 2-3PM (EST) on Thursdays. We’ll kick things off on February 11th, with the last meeting on April 28th. Teams will also hold their own meetings, but the pace, frequency, and expectations are set by the teams themselves. The whole experience will culminate in a xAPI party on May 12th. This is an awesome opportunity for teams to share what they’ve been working on and to continue to learn from each other. It also coincides nicely with our annual Download conference on May 13th.

So, What Now?

Get registered! We’d love to have you signed up by January 31st. Have additional thoughts or questions? Let us know via the registration form, and we’ll be in contact. We’re looking forward to continuing our xAPI journey with you!