Launch xAPI Content From An LMS: cmi5 Adoption by ADL Pending

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Launch xAPI Content From An LMS: cmi5 Adoption by ADL Pending. art-werkenthin. Mon, 12/30/2019 - 00:00

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


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. doesn’t require ADL’s permission for us to do this. All the same, ADL’s done an amazing job stewarding xAPI through its R&D roots to now and to whatever degree we can work in concert with ADL (and US DoD, by extension) it’s to our collective benefit to do so.

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ADL accepts eFront as SCORM 2004 adopter


News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 4/08/2010 ADL accepts eFront as SCORM 2004 adopter eFront is an LMS commited to international standards. Now, ADL acknowledges our support for the latest development of SCORM by approving Epignosiss submission to become a SCORM 2004/4th edition adopter. CONGRATULATION TO EFRONT TEAM AND ADL ORGANIZATION FOR YOUR COOPERATION DAN COMMITMENT.

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ADL funding news won’t really impact SCORM

Rustici Software

Today on the xAPI working group call, ADL shared some news about their funding over the next 12 months. ADL continues to house information about SCORM on their websites, and it’s still the best place to go to understand the state of SCORM adoption and certification. If I had to guess, I would bet that about 1% of ADL’s attention goes to SCORM. If you have questions about SCORM, or want to adopt it, Rustici Software is still the best place to get started.

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ADL xAPI Conformance Test Launches, SCORM Cloud and SCORM Engine are Conformant LRSs

Experience API

Recently, ADL (the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative) launched the xAPI Adopter Registry , which lists xAPI Adopters and Conformant LRSs. We’re thrilled to be one of the first companies included on the xAPI Adopter Registry and the only company so far to have two conformant LRSs–both SCORM Cloud and SCORM Engine passed the xAPI LRS Conformance Test Suite.

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Taking cmi5 adoption further by developing a Conformance Test Suite

Rustici Software

For the last 18 years, some of the most important work we’ve done at Rustici Software has been the standards-based efforts we’ve worked on with the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative (ADL). In 2010, we were awarded a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) from ADL to modernize SCORM Communication, an effort that became known as Project Tin Can, and ultimately xAPI. Since cmi5 was first released in 2016, there’s been a missing piece that has slowed its adoption.

Mike Rustici – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


Mike’s company is leading the world towards adoption of the Tin Can API, the successor to SCORM. Learnnovators: In this age where most learning happens ‘informally’ (through on-the-job-learning and peer-learning), how well do you think the early adopters of Experience API support informal learning? Mike: Early adopters are broken into two categories, traditional e-learning vendors and new market entrants. The ADL vision is actually looking this far out in the future.

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Mike’s company is leading the world towards adoption of the Tin Can API, the successor to SCORM. Learnnovators: In this age where most learning happens ‘informally’ (through on-the-job-learning and peer-learning), how well do you think the early adopters of Experience API support informal learning? Mike: Early adopters are broken into two categories, traditional e-learning vendors and new market entrants. The ADL vision is actually looking this far out in the future.

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Answers: How Do I Get Started With xAPI?


That’s pretty darn impressive considering the impact on other programs and agencies in US Government alone, and that it’s seen so much adoption. The information the US Department of Defense (via ADL) has available on the Experience API , and the larger Training & Learning Architecture of which xAPI is a part, broadly paints the picture of the research and development that is being performed now and into the foreseeable future, much of which will find its way to standardization.

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New SCORM standard: I (Actor/Agent) Did (Verb) This (Activity) #TinCanApi

Challenge to Learn

This evening I attended a webinar by ADL: the new standard (project TinCan) kickoff. The ADL will launch it in June. The next step is the adoption of the standard by authoring tools and LMS. Scorm is finally going to catch up with the current times. TinCan focuses on capturing activities: I (Actor/Agent) Did (Verb) This (Activity) and the ‘I’, the ‘Did’ and the ‘Activity’ can be almost anything.


With Gratitude…


There are a myriad of reasons why 2015 was good for Megan and I, but the one reason that stands out is the incredible gains in xAPI’s adoption that happened this year. We know there’s been incredible growth in xAPI adoption. We know projects are already being planned for the beginning of 2016 at a scale that equals the whole of xAPI adoption in 2015. xAPI is so successful that it’s actually becoming a challenge for ADL to support it to the scale it now demands.

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Why DoDI 1322.26 is important for the Experience API (xAPI)

Experience API

We are excited because this is the culmination of a lot of work for many people at both ADL and Rustici Software. In 2015, we at Rustici were awarded a BAA from ADL to help them revise the 2006 DoDI 1322.26. Lucky for you, ADL recently launched a list of Conformant LRSs as part of their xAPI Adopter Registry. Last week, the Department of Defense (DoD) signed the updated DoDI 1322.26 Distributed Learning (DL).

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We launched CATAPULT: A giant step forward for cmi5

Rustici Software

One year ago, we kicked off a project with ADL to develop tools and resources to help accelerate the adoption of cmi5 , and ultimately xAPI, within both the DoD and across the industry as a whole. As with any standard or specification, the value comes with relevance and adoption.

An explanation of cmi5 in (mostly) plain English

Rustici Software

Source: ADL cmi5 Specification. There haven’t been tools and guidance for the specification to help drive adoption by vendors. Seeing this need, the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative contracted Rustici Software to build conformance tools.

LTDX Q&As: Fitting standards in a learning ecosystem

Rustici Software

SSO is highly recommended to make it as easy as possible for learners to access the right tool and training at the right time to help remove any barriers for learner adoption. cmi5 originated from the AICC and was transferred to ADL in 2014.

Centralizing content and building xAPI Profiles at iFest

Rustici Software

We have been working with government entities since 2005, so it’s no surprise that we were at NTSA’s ADL iFest 2019 conference. While the xAPI standard and other emerging ADL initiatives are actively innovating exciting new standards, the reality is that training managers need tools that can be used to solve problems in the short term. Growth in xAPI adoption. TJ Seabrooks presenting at NTSA’s ADL iFest 2019.

xAPI Shifting to 3rd Gear


We had people well outside of the ADL bubble talking about real world things things they were using xAPI to accomplish. These speakers were incredible people, many of whom are outside the xAPI Developer/Contributor/Adopter circles. It marks the beginning of the end of early adoption for xAPI. It’s not just events, it’s not just fancy new adopters. You might be surprised to find out we’re in 2nd gear. We shifted out of 1st gear at DevLearn last year.

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What's Next for SCORM?

ATD Learning Technologies

If so, the ADL is hosting a virtual kickoff meeting about the next generation of SCORM with an introduction to the Tin Can API effort. Whether you're a stakeholder who is generally interested in the effort, a potential adopter interested in implementing Tin Can API, or a willing Spec Contributor, you are welcomed to call in, get a status update on the spec, the road ahead to a v1.0 ADL Next Generation SCORM - Kickoff Meeting.


Transitioning from SCORM to xAPI

Web Courseworks

It completely misses the point of adopting the xAPI standard. I asked Andy Johnson of the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative for his take on the issue as a leading expert in xAPI. He will be talking about the evolution of xAPI and its adoption in new technology and how xAPI has fueled learning analytics in large enterprise deployments, and the necessity of scalable learning.


This Week in mLearning Podcast – Episode 7 – Project Tin Can

mLearning Revolution

9- ADL has recognized the need for a SCORM that matches today’s technological challenges. If you’re adopting Tin Can specifically for mLearnCon, you can contact Aaron via email. 1- Highlights of the week. a- Google has closed its deal to acquire Motorola Mobility. b- Stats about Android activations per day. Relevant figures related to its competitors. c- President Obama issues a directive to urge major government agencies to focus on the “growing mobile revolution.”

iFEST has gone virtual and we’ll be ‘there’

Rustici Software

Hosted by ADL and NTSA , iFEST is a great conference that brings together people from the military, government, academic and industry sectors to discuss ways to evolve the distributed learning and training landscape.

Profile Recipes vs. xAPI Profiles

Experience API

An “ xAPI profile ” is a newer concept, created by ADL in a more formal way through their BAA process. Given their support by ADL and the increased technical rigor of an xAPI profile going forward, profiles are likely to be the primary manner in which the community captures shared information models. However, having said that, both concepts have seen slow (or low) adoption rates. What’s the difference between profile recipes and xAPI profiles?

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


None of us standards nerds are used to the market so quickly adopting what we create. This success comes with a sharp edge: it’s exactly the meteoric adoption of what the spec is today that will slow down getting to everything else on the above list. That’s absolutely not the case, and continuing on the path we’re currently on will keep adoption from growing, and limit the true impact of what we’ve begun to do.

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The top 10 hits from my first 12 months

Rustici Software

A dedicated team of Rusticians delivered the exciting new cmi5 testing and development tools to ADL, known as Project CATAPULT. This is a big step forward to help increase adoption of the cmi5 spec and ultimately xAPI. It’s always fun when Spotify recaps your year of listening.

xAPI, LRS – The Interview

eLearning 24-7

Aaron, can you tell me a little bit about your background and how you became involved with ADL? In 2003, the eLearning startup I worked for shuttered its doors as our customers moved to adopt SCORM, and we had no idea how to do that. Two months after my layoff, a company called CTC recruited me to work for ADL. I worked with ADL from 2003-2006 and participated in the Technical Working Group afterwards. Last heard ADL calls this new standard the Experience API? (on

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Getting contextual

Clark Quinn

For the current ADL webinar series on mobile, I gave a presentation on contextualizing mobile in the larger picture of L&D (a natural extension of my most recent books). That we should be creating them by abstracting from successful practices, we should be conceptualizing them, or adopting them from other areas.

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What You Missed at TRYxAPI – ATD ICE


Our discussions featured Trish Uhl , Russell Duhon , Duncan Welder , Phil and Nick Stephenson , Lizelle van den Berg , Ian Gibson , Damon Regan of ADL with participation by many more. Riptide Software hosted a fantastic event on Saturday for the launch of

xAPI Camp – DevLearn 2015 is ONE DAY AWAY


Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) continues to be a huge supporter of the community as the current stewards of the spec itself. Cognitive Advisors is among the first wave of adopters of xAPI. They have a long history pioneering work in mobile learning and are among the first to adopt xAPI. We aren’t freaking out — we are FREAKING EXCITED!!!

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What’s next? Continued progress on products and upcoming events

Rustici Software

Later this month, we’ll be attending and presenting at ADL’s iFest conference. Attending the xAPI Working Group , where we’ve been working with the community to help prepare the xAPI specification to be adopted by IEEE. We’ve talked a lot about our upcoming feature releases mainly because we’re excited about all the significant development efforts we’re bringing to our products this year.

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Why SCORM 2004 failed & what that means for Tin Can


Currently, someone can be a 4 th edition adopter but * not* certified. [3]. Sign #3: ADL itself heavily supports Tin Can as the successor of SCORM.[4]. Now, with the introduction of Tin Can API it seems certain that its adoption rate will decline even further. Low adoption. The end result was low adoption from vendors and instructional designers. Nothing is perfect though as ADL admits [5]. “SCORM 2004 is dying (if not already dead!).”


Standard Options Apply


When we’re talking about xAPI, we must appreciate that there are already millions of dollars invested (in the value of people’s contributed thoughts, their time and actual capital) in development and adoption. I want to encourage it by keeping it as open as we can AND by making it possible for the best approaches, not just the best spin, to find adoption. ” Real use-case: One current “adopter” of xAPI is only using the data model, without an LRS.

A Word(le) about 2021

Rustici Software

Rustici spent a good chunk of 2021 working on Project CATAPULT with ADL to further cmi5 and xAPI adoption, and now with the conformance test suites, open source software and best practices cmi5 guide that CATAPULT delivered, we expect to see adoption of cmi5 and ultimately xAPI increase.

What is Tin Can?


ADL (the keepers of SCORM) is the steward of this new specification aka “the next generation of SCORM.”. Providers have come to realize that learning experiences happen everywhere (not just in the LMS) and Tin Can adopters want to give their users the ability to easily track these experiences. Many elearning providers have already adopted this new specification (including TalentLMS and very shortly eFront Learning too) for a full list click on this link.

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The Role of xAPI in Creating Powerful Learning Experiences for the Modern Workforce

Origin Learning

From early adopters who used archaic systems to set up a lesson that could be shared on one computer with an instructor to guide employees, to modern workplace learning that’s focused on xAPI -enabled mobile learning; eLearning at the workplace has traveled a long way. Designed specifically to cater to eLearning courseware designed for use in the aviation industry, the standards were adopted by course-providers to create eLearning content for all industries.

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Tin Can API, the evolution of SCORM


Originally developed by Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL), an initiative of the Unite States Department of Defense, SCORM was designed to standardize and modernize their training courses. It is a set of standards and specifications for developing web-based educational technology, standards developed by the ADL which had always to adhere strictly to SCROM’s requirements, these being “accessible, reusable, inoperable, and durable content and systems”.


What is SCORM? A Complete Guide on SCORM Files and Packaging


A SCORM-certified course has passed and was certified by ADL, the organization behind the SCORM standard. The SCORM format has many advantages, which is why it is one of the most adopted standards in elearning and has stood the test of time.


Ultimate eLearning terms you should know: Part 2 (M-Z)


The rise of mLearning has also driven adoption of the Tin Can xAPI eLearning content standard which can track far more learning activities than older standards like SCORM. SCORM (Shareable Content Object Reference Model): A set of standards developed by Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) and applied when developing LMS content. Tin Can (xAPI) : Developed by Rustici Software at the request of ADL to support the concept that “learning happens everywhere”.

Learning Analytics for Personalized Learning [An Updated Perspective]


Why adopt personalized learning? . Why Adopt Personalized Learning? . Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL), a US government initiative, defined a standard way to collect learner activity data called Experience API or xAPI.

Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning


► June (2) eFront Contests Course-instances on eFront 3.6.3 ► May (2) eFront Wins Learning Technology Award E front v3.7 - architecture ► April (3) Interview on Exclusive offers for eFront facebook fans ADL accepts eFront as SCORM 2004 adopter ► March (2) eFront sites to check out 10 tips for using eFront Simple template by Josh Peterson.

Day 5: xAPI and more – what next for SCORM?


Funnily enough, Tin Can (xAPI) , which we’ll examine next, adopts a similar approach to AICC regarding the HACP and, as a result, can track data across domains, or indeed, almost anywhere. Pitched as a successor to SCORM, xAPI became widely adopted pretty quickly. Pitched as the “true next generation of SCORM”, ADL have taken over the cmi5 specification (which suggests it will evolve!). It’s an exciting time for the industry, especially with ADL now managing cmi5.