We recently hosted a group of about 30 clients, friends, and colleagues at an xAPI party (because nothing says “celebration” like verb definitions and data filtering). As the day drew to a close, many of us came to the same conclusion: we need more examples of xAPI in the real world so we can see what works and what doesn’t and so we can have credible examples for those who are contemplating this new way of tracking learning but haven’t yet taken the leap.

We’re tickled pink that we now have another instance of xAPI out there in the world. We collaborated with the University of Michigan Health System’s Stroke Center to create a tablet-based app that teaches learners how to spot the signs of a stroke and respond quickly. They’ve just begun piloting this new app and we can’t wait to learn how it’s doing.

But even before the pilot went live, we learned a lot from this project. For example, we had to answer a fundamental (and frequent!) question of many in eIearning: Do we really need xAPI for this? In the case of the Stroke Ready App, our answer was a resounding “yes!” You can see exactly why we found it so useful in the Learning Solutions Magazine article, Adventures in the xAPI: The Stroke Ready App.

The pilot will run for a couple months and then we can dig into the data and decide how and what we’ll improve for the next iteration. Don’t worry; we’ll be sure to share what we learn.