By Karle Stinehour
(Estimated Reading Time 4 Min.)
Are you caught up on the current trends and developments in eLearning? If not, that’s ok. We’ve done the research, so let us be your guide to innovative, emerging technologies and strategies in the industry. In today’s blog, we want to take the mystery out of xAPI and show you some of the benefits xAPI can bring to your online learning solution.
Employee training, accounting for 1.7- 5.4% of a company’s payroll expense, is a vital component of any business struggling to maintain employee job skills and retain top talent. In 2017, Linkedin and Lynda.com created a study of the challenges the eLearning industry is currently facing. This survey found CEOs across the country are not able to collect the data they need to measure the success and ROI of their online training solutions – indicating the critical need to collect and track even more learning data (Source). So how do you make sure you have all the right resources in place to provide cost-effective, successful AND measurable training? We believe that xAPI could be just what you need.
xAPI stands for Experience Application Program Interface. In less technical terms, xAPI sends data about how a learner progresses through a learning activity (online or offline) to a Learning Record Store (LRS) as xAPI statements.
Before there was xAPI, there was SCORM. SCORM is an alternative, more traditional, method for tracking learning data that is still in use. Without getting into a discussion of all the pros and cons, the major benefit of xAPI over SCORM is the ability to track any kind of learning activity. Here are just a few examples of the learning data you can track using xAPI:
The practical application of xAPI to your online training program may not be immediately obvious. Rustici Software, in a 2015 keynote address, provides inspiration in the form of some practical pointers.
Not sure you’re ready for xAPI? With our easy-to-use xAPI/TinCan LRS integration feature you are! In less than a minute, start using the power of DigitalChalk data to shape your learning strategy. Tracking all of your learning activities is our job. We take care of the heavy lifting, sending everything you need to any learning record store.
Want to learn more about the xAPI/TinCan LRS feature? Check out our video tutorial here.
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