It’s time to xAPI Party! We’re eager to share learning & ideas with fellow builders and experimenters with the xAPI. This is our 4th xAPI Party event and among the demos you’ll see the work of several Learning Cohort teams who’ve been doing real work and learning together since February. You’ll also meet some experienced folks in the field and see some tools that can help you get on your way.

The Agenda for the day looks like this:

9-9:30am Registration & Networking
9:30-10am Opening Session
10:15-11am First Sessions
11:15-12pm Second Sessions



12:45-1:30pm Third Sessions
1:45-2:30pm Fourth Sessions
2:45-3:30pm Fifth Sessions
3:30-4pm Closing Session

The Schedule:

C-Active – xAPI Cohort Project – Recording; Slide Deck

Middle Earth & Virtual Session

The data visualization group explored how to show large datasets beyond just a first level of sorting. They worked to create/explore dataset models that will allow activities to be grouped into meaningful collections, which can then be utilized to create the “executive level” of dashboard, with drill-down capabilities (to varying degrees). This team continued the work pioneered by the data visualization team in last fall’s pilot cohort.

How We Made Your Conference App

Big Space | Erin Steller

xAPI: Life in a Post-SCORM World

Conference Room | Megan Torrance

If you’re new to xAPI, this is where you’ll start. In this session we’ll cover the what, why, and now what? of xAPI so you can get the most out of the rest of your day of xAPI Party. xAPI allows for more robust and interesting tracking of the learning process, including learning that happens outside the LMS and on the job. As actual performance and results data are integrated with learning metrics, we will have the data we need to tailor the learning process to individual needs at the same time that we can draw more useful conclusions about the learning as a whole across a wider population.

Strawberry Pi – xAPI Cohort Project – Recording; Slide Deck

Middle Earth & Virtual Session

Strawberry Pi Project planned, designed, built, and implemented an integration between a Learning Management System (LMS), a Learning Record Store (LRS) and content hosted externally in a Content Management System (CMS). Learning content hosted in the CMS was launched from the LMS and the results of the Learner’s experiences were transmitted and saved in the LRS.


Smart Learning with xAPI – Slide Deck

Big Space | Rob Houck

Online learning has widened the reach and decreased the cost of delivering employee training, but it’s often delivered as a one-size-fits-all approach that misses its full potential. What’s more, these “event-based” learning models fail to take into account the on-the-job needs for training and information. This is a legacy of our SCORM-based environments and silo-ed learning management systems. With xAPI, we have the means to change all of that.
In this session, you’ll learn how xAPI can be leveraged to create the “smart learning environment.” This involves learning and platforms working together with data to deliver training and performance support when you need it. This saves time, money and wins the hearts & minds of the employees you train. Smart learning knows where you are in the world, in your organization, on the job and how well you’re doing. It then uses that information to deliver the right mix of traditional elearning, “micro-learning”, and performance support tools that adapt to the individual’s needs. These experiences are personalized, data-driven, team-based and relevant.


xAPI 101: Anatomy of a Statement – Slide Deck

Conference Room | Sean Putman

In this session we will look at what makes up an xAPI statement. The actor, verb, and object are just the beginning of what is available for statement creation. We will look at some of the entities that can be used to add context to statements. We will also look at how vocabulary can affect the data that is collected from xAPI enabled projects.

Les Variables – xAPI Cohort Project – Recording; Slide Deck

Middle Earth & Virtual Session

This team dove in and created an xAPI-enabled elearning experience using Storyline and Captivate. They drew conclusions regarding the differences between the xAPI functionality of the two rapid authoring tools and they encountered (and overcame) design questions such as “Do we track everything?” and “How do we, as designers, indicate to developers what needs to be tracked?”

xAPI @ AAHOM: Eat your heart out, Ms. Frizzle – Slide Deck

Big Space | Alison Hass, Matt Kliewer, Ari Morris

This is xAPI for learners of all ages and data collectors of all types. The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and TorranceLearning are collaborating on DEEP (Digitally Enhanced Exhibit Program) that leverages xAPI to track students’ interactions with exhibits during field trips. Thanks to xAPI, reports that address each stakeholder’s specific needs will be generated for the museum, the teacher, and individual students at the end of each visit, providing a value-added experience for all.

The Learn xAPI Project: Using xAPI to Learn How to Teach xAPI – Slide Deck

12:45-1:30 | Conference Room | Brian Dusablon

Learn xAPI was a collaboration project between Learning Ninjas and MakingBetter. We wanted to create a place for people to learn about xAPI while we used xAPI to learn more about how those people were using our resources. It’s in its early stages, but we’ve learned a lot and would like to share how we set up a prototype with WordPress, the Grassblade xAPI Companion plugin and both Grassblade LRS and Learning Locker, as well as our plans for new content.

MiSo – xAPI Cohort Project – Recording

Middle Earth & Virtual Session

MiSo gathered their tools and built a “house.” That is, they discovered the tools and developed a blueprint that allows organizations to track which microlearning chunks (videos, in this case) learners are selecting and what their subsequent actions are. MiSo’s step-by-step guide shows how feasible it is for any organization to begin implementing this kind of data collection.

State of the Authoring Tools – Slide Deck

Big Space | Sean Putman

In this session we will look at how 4 of the major authoring tools are implementing xAPI in their output and some best practices for using them. The tools covered are Captivate, Storyline, Claro, and Lectora. After this session you will have a better understanding of how tools are implementing xAPI.

xAPI Models –

Conference Room | Megan Torrance

As we start to explore a much broader world of “elearning” — or, rather, digitally connected learning experiences — we’re looking at a taxonomy around projects that will guide us. Is the experience personal or social? Who (or what) initiates the transaction? Is the evaluation formative or summative? In this session we’ll work together through some of these questions as we build this taxonomy for the future.

Dart Vaders – xAPI Cohort Project – Recording

Middle Earth & Virtual Session

Dart Vaders used xAPI to track user experience patterns. They designed a simple game to track when users need clues and which types of clues are most useful. This work will inform user experience design for future learning projects as well as software UX throughout the organization.

xAPI Data and Evolution of the Spec – Slide Deck

Big Space | Duncan Welder, Art Werkenthin

Many people struggle with where to start when it comes to xAPI. Where can I use xAPI? What xAPI data is valuable to track? What is the time (and money) investment needed to get started? In this short presentation, we’ll discuss:
• Evolution and release of the ADL CMI5 standard
• Opportunities to use xAPI data to track the use of training materials
• Considerations for using xAPI in traditional “LMS learning activities”
• Reviewing xAPI statement content
• Communicating the impact of xAPI internally

Join in the Fun! Is an xAPI Learning Cohort for You? – Slide Deck

Conference Room | Alison Hass

Spring 2016 was the fifth cycle of xAPI Learning Cohorts; the products of which are being showcased today. Thinking about getting in on the action during the next session (Sept.-Nov. 2016) and wondering what it’s all about? This session will have a brief overview of what you can expect in terms of skill and knowledge development, time commitment, and the typical “syllabus” of a learning cohort. There will be plenty of time for Q&A and even time to begin forming potential teams and scoping possible xAPI projects.