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Metrics in Learning Analytics

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Where dimensions frame a problem space, metrics in learning analytics are how to make sense of an analysis. The post Metrics in Learning Analytics appeared first on MakingBetter. Learning Analytics dimensions learning analytics metrics strategy xAPI

Talking ‘Bout Praxis

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Customers were using a product and content based on things I actually had some hand in. My year was spent preparing what happens to take an MVP and deliver all the value envisioned for it. The post Talking ‘Bout Praxis appeared first on MakingBetter. Learning Analytics elsevier ieee journals learning analytics praxis publishing research solar telemetry xAPI Profile Server xAPI Profiles

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2020 was all About xAPI Profiles (for us)

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Like many of you in 2020, Megan and I had to seriously change how we've managed our work/life balance, household, workflow(s). Here's what we got done. The post 2020 was all About xAPI Profiles (for us) appeared first on MakingBetter. Open Source master object model xAPI Profile Server xAPI Profile

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Dimensions in Learning Analytics

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Dimensions in Learning Analytics are the ways we describe the (theoretical) space in which we'll analyze. learning. The post Dimensions in Learning Analytics appeared first on MakingBetter. Learning Analytics dimensions learning analytics metrics strategy xAPI Profiles

CFO’s Guide to Building an HR Team with Limited Time, Budget and Resources

Building the ideal HR team doesn’t happen overnight—especially when CFOs have limited time, budget and resources. But our new guide can give you advice on where to start and key focus areas you need to know. Download our guide today!

Level Up Learning Data with xAPI in 2021

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Watch a previously recorded demonstration of the ADL xAPI Profile Server coming in Q2 2021! The post Level Up Learning Data with xAPI in 2021 appeared first on MakingBetter. Experience API Learning Analytics demos recordings webinars xAPI xAPI Profile Server xAPI Profiles

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xAPI Shifting to 3rd Gear

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You might be surprised to find out we’re in 2nd gear. We shifted out of 1st gear at DevLearn last year. Between November 2014’s xAPI Hyperdrive and the xAPI track at DevLearn 2014, we hit our stride. We had people well outside of the ADL bubble talking about real world things things they were using xAPI to accomplish. What happened at xAPI Camp Amazon? This wasn’t merely a great event. This was a game changer.

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Filling in xAPI’s Most Important Gaps

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2017 is a year that is really testing our capacities and limits. Politics, natural disasters, cyber security threats, budgets… even ADL has hit some road bumps. We formed the Data Interoperability Standards Consortium (DISC) a few years ago specifically to hedge against disruptions to ADL’s capacity for spec stewardship so that the people who rely […]. The post Filling in xAPI’s Most Important Gaps appeared first on MakingBetter. Experience API Open Source

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iFest and xAPI Profile Servers

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We’ve been hard at work the last few months identifying what an xAPI Profile Server should do beyond the basic requirements in the xAPI Profile Specification as part of a BAA with ADL. Last week we took the show on the road to iFest in Washington DC. We brought along a poster which explained why […]. The post iFest and xAPI Profile Servers appeared first on MakingBetter. Experience API

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xAPI Camp: Call for Proposals

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Lots of news this week regarding xAPI Camps! First off, it is now confirmed that our xAPI Camp – Seattle is actually (get ready for this)… xAPI Camp – Amazon. That’s right, kids. We’re going to be at Amazon’s HQ in Seattle on July 21 for a full day of xAPI awesomeness. We now have four xAPI Camps we’re scheduling for: 21 July – Amazon (Seattle, WA). 29 September – DevLearn (Las Vegas, NV).

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3 Guiding Principles to Support the Human Dimension in Learning

Speaker: Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting

Join Dr. Amy Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting, for her exclusive session where she will be discussing the 3 guiding principles for the future of learning, and how these can affect the design of work in organizations.

This Week in MakingBetter: #xAPI Camp Sells Out; #LScon DemoFest

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It’s been a quiet few weeks while our heads have been down getting things done, but this week has been something special. xAPI Camp FTW! Craig Wiggins put together a Storify that really captured the heart of the event we’ve been planning since March 2014. Here’s how it played by some numbers: 101 Participants (21 over capacity). 125 Sandwiches consumed. 15 unique presentations focusing on real-world solutions enabled by xAPI. 87 Cups of Coffee consumed (36% of capacity).

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Stop Choosing the High Chair

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I’ve spent a lot of time over the last four years learning how to talk about xAPI to senior leaders in organizations. Throughout my career, many Managers and Directors above me in various Learning Departments didn’t know how to talk to their C-Suite leaders. I feel like L&D has been teaching ourselves how to talk to executive leadership. Some of those lessons are things we need to stop teaching. I recently had the opportunity to join a CLO Magazine breakfast in downtown Chicago.

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Gearing Up For xAPI Camp – Amazon

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I’m really excited about this xAPI Camp, only partially because I grew up on a farm in the-middle-of-nowhere, WA and there’s a bit of home state pride. The line-up of speakers and discussion leaders at this event is stellar! There will be big ideas and challenges from: Mark Oehlert (Manager, Learning Technology, Networked Learning, Amazon) on the opportunities for xAPI in enterprise.

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September Recap: xAPI Quarterly, DevLearn, Consortium

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September was one hell of a month. We… 1. Introduced the xAPI Quarterly. This is a journal we will be publishing four times a year. We will publish the newest information around xAPI. This will be the space for you to find out what’s happening and what’s changing. We will ask many of our xAPI Camp presenters to extend their messages into articles, helping xAPI Camp discussions live outside of the rooms where the event happens.

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How to Select the Right Training Software for Your Company

Creating a training program for your organization can be a daunting task. Luckily, there are many platforms that offer lots of solutions. How do you decide which one is right for you? Learn about the features to look for and questions to ask before making an important investment in your company’s future.

The 3rd Gear

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As xAPI shifts into 3rd gear , with an early majority comes a need for a consortium that will steward xAPI into perpetuity — a table for other industries to sit and work out the ways xAPI will meet their particular needs. I’m talking about HR systems, medical devices, folks who make beacons and sensors, manufacturing, energy companies, engineers, school administrators. There are other groups who we aren’t talking with already and they’ll make their needs known.

xAPI Camp: Toronto is the new Brooklyn

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There’s a band called JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound who are determined that Baltimore is the new Brooklyn , but we’re nominating Toronto. We’re taking xAPI Camp to Toronto on November 17th, 2015 and we are excited about it, to boot. This camp will be co-located with the Canadian Society of Training and Development’s annual conference. The CSTD 2015 Conference & Trade Show runs 11/18-11/20. This is the first camp outside of the US and the Canadian following of xAPI is strong.

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Learning Analytics Policy – Looking for Input!

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I’m heading to LAK 17 in Vancouver, BC to help a great crew from many countries, in a workshop on learning analytics policy (LAP). Since learning analytics policy is evolving everywhere, we’re looking for input from people, everywhere. K-12, corporate, higher ed – all important. There’s opportunity to contribute a paper for this event, so if you’re really motivated, go ahead and fill out this survey. . Examples Please!

Two Years of xAPI

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Sunday, April 26, marked two years since xAPI was released. It was released with much celebration and promise. I went back and looked through my old blog to see what I said about it back then… and apparently I was mute on the subject. The post written for ADL was pretty matter-of-fact. Looking back, I was exhausted and believed taking up skateboarding was an appropriate “next challenge.”. That didn’t lead to an enduring success like xAPI.

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Five Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

Standard Options Apply

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This post is for vendors, developers and implementers of the Experience API and for anyone who may one day create something with xAPI. The choices made soon will ultimately impact what you will be able to do with xAPI 3, 5 and 20 years from now. I’m going to lay out options for how we can approach standardization and the reasoning behind them.

What is Connections: xAPI?

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UPDATE: Connections: xAPI is cancelled for March 2015. We simply don’t have the capacity at this time to deliver the event we want to host and the experience you as a participant deserve. We may well do something like a conference or a “camp” around xAPI and as we get ready, if you’re on our mailing list or contact us , we’ll keep you posted. Super exciting! The full Connections: xAPI site is up!

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What You Missed at TRYxAPI – ATD ICE

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Riptide Software hosted a fantastic event on Saturday for the launch of TRYxAPI.com. The afternoon featured John Delano, Nick Washburn and myself leading a critically needed dialogue around the Experience API about what matters to executive leadership, and to a field that is still largely making sense of major changes happening in the learning & development field.

xAPI Camp DevLearn Presentations

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Here are links to all the presentations from xAPI Camp DevLearn. Enjoy! Introduction by Megan Bowe xAPI State of the State by Aaron Silvers Immersive Learning by John Blackmon Working Better, Together by Paul Schneider Identifying Competency Gaps by Art Werkenthin and Duncan Welder xAPI and the Evolving Learning Ecosystem by Patrick Selby A Viable […]. The post xAPI Camp DevLearn Presentations appeared first on MakingBetter. Experience API

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The Ins and Outs of Connecting Technologies in a Modern Learning Ecosystem

Speaker: TJ Seabrooks, former CEO at Rustici Software

Have you ended up with a collection of content inputs and data outputs that might be hard to wrangle? If your organization uses multiple LMSs and has content coming from many different places, or you’re heading in this direction, this webinar is for you.

xAPI Camp – DevLearn: Call for Proposals Ends 8/10

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The next xAPI Camp is taking place at DevLearn on September 29, 2015. We have a number of proposals already, but we want to see more. We are looking for brand new stories of you or your company using xAPI. We’re looking for new lessons learned. We’re looking for big ideas and big challenges that will blow minds and spark a multitude of conversations — not just during xAPI Camp but all week long at DevLearn.

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The Web Conference at Penn State

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The Web Conference at Penn State brings together professionals from graphic design, front-end development, content strategy, accessibility, information architecture, instructional design, online marketing, and other interactive technology fields to gain a better understanding of how these elements must work in harmony. Stevie Rocco has helped to organize this annual event over the past several years.

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Answers: How Do I Get Started With xAPI?

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Getting Started. Over the last few months, it’s become pretty clear to us at MakingBetter that the Experience API has finally reached some sort of tipping point. No longer do we get questions about what the Experience API is. Not only are people starting to get an idea about what it is, they’re getting a sense of what it can enable.

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Reflections on DevLearn’s xAPI Hyperdrive

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Still emanating from DevLearn two weeks ago, the buzz about the Experience API is resonating. It was an incredibly exciting week to see the incredible gains and growth the xAPI community has had in the last year. Megan & I spent the bulk of our time helping the eLearning Guild with the xAPI Hyperdrive and the xAPI in Practice track.

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The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

xAPI’s Tipping Point for Both Community & Industry

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Since last year, I worked with IEEE to standardize the Experience API (xAPI) specification. Most of my work is with the IEEE-LTSC but recently a few other IEEE standards groups expressed interest in using xAPI. These groups focus on developing personal health devices as well as the Internet of Things. They’re looking at xAPI because it provides a way to share data across devices, related to people, in a way other systems can understand.

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The Community Responds

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I hoped in my last post that the community would indeed respond with ideas, insights, opinions and concerns. Thank you for your comments on the post, the retweets and feedback on Twitter and for what I’m sure has been a lot of not-public rumination. The feedback thus far has been incredibly helpful and I will attempt to summarize and then clarify a couple of points. Most everyone agrees the data model, at the very least, could/should be broken out on its own.

What is the plan for DISC, xAPI, and ADL?

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Towards the end of last year, our big announcement was the formation of the not-for-profit Consortium formed to handle the governance and address the evolution of xAPI with/for ADL. xAPI, being open-source and licensed as Apache 2.0, doesn’t require ADL’s permission for us to do this. That’s a feature, not a bug — we licensed xAPI in this way so that it couldn’t be trapped in US DoD the way SCORM was.

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A Glance Back at xAPI; A Look Ahead at Data Ownership

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The tl;dr : Like hardware, w hen it comes to data, if you can’t open it, you don’t own it. If you can’t open it, you don’t own it. I was recently asked to respond to a question, “What were the objectives of the Experience API?” ” Well, my objectives with xAPI were the following: Enable data interoperability across systems. Enable people to own their data. Surface the evidence linking learning and performance.

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6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

Case Study: Community of Developing Practice

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In our last post , I mentioned that “we have a few things that are finally getting ready to come off the grill.” ” Heh, no sooner did I write that than ATD published an article I wrote with Sarah Gilbert , the Director of the Informatics Academy at the Public Health Informatics Institute — an initiative of the Task Force for Global Health. Sarah engaged MakingBetter, starting in summer of 2014, in what’s become an amazing collaboration.