The One-Year Countdown to an xAPI Profile Server


On Wednesday, 20 November at 1pm EST, the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative will host a webinar on an xAPI Profile Publishing Tool & Server being developed for 2020. The post The One-Year Countdown to an xAPI Profile Server appeared first on MakingBetter. Experience API

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Two Years of xAPI


Sunday, April 26, marked two years since xAPI was released. The post written for ADL was pretty matter-of-fact. That didn’t lead to an enduring success like xAPI. In its first year following xAPI’s release, innovative practitioners and teams began their experiments and proofs-of-concept with xAPI. Their sharing of stories caught steam and by November 2014 we began to see just want was happening in xAPI’s second year.

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Details Announced for xAPI Camp


Last week, I wrote a little bit about the xAPI Camp we’re putting together through Connections Forum. Today, details about xAPI Camp are online including our initial set of speakers, sponsors and an agenda. The Campfire presentations are short talks about how organizations are leveraging xAPI and the problems they’re solving. Our speakers are implementing xAPI solutions with healthcare providers, universities, energy companies, government services and military.

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xAPI Camp – DevLearn 2015 is ONE DAY AWAY


The first xAPI Camp at DevLearn, the first of four events we’re putting on hosted by The eLearning Guild , is nigh upon us. The Guild helped us launch xAPI at mLearnCon back in 2012 and they have been a steadfast supporter of xAPI. Last year was the first year there was an official xAPI Track at DevLearn and, together, we are upping that ante again (…in Vegas). We may even be doing karaoke Tuesday night, after xAPI Camp, because that is how we roll.

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Reflections on DevLearn’s xAPI Hyperdrive


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. In this case, xAPI is used with Articulate products to create job aids that track interactions while relief workers — in this case, research interviewers — are out in the field.

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xAPI, LRS – The Interview

eLearning 24-7

xAPI and LRS (Learning Record Stores) have been in the news and frankly everywhere within the e-learning industry in the past 1.5 Aaron, can you tell me a little bit about your background and how you became involved with ADL? 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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Clarifying how xAPI relates to platforms, monitoring and testing

Experience API

Recently, we received an inquiry from someone who was trying to make sense of xAPI. Is xAPI installed on a platform? When it comes to how xAPI relates to platforms, xAPI is a communication and data model protocol specification that defines a Learning Record Store (or LRS). An LRS implementation is an application that can either be a premised web service or a remotely hosted (public- or non-public web service). Can xAPI monitor device activity?

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Securing Your xAPI Statements in JavaScript

Learning Dojo

xAPI unlocks many new possibilities for learners to engage in learning without the traditional cumbersome process of logging in to an LMS to have access to eLearning content. That’s why it’s important to make sure the server or host we’re using for our xAPI project enforces https as well. For credentials and Basic Auth with xAPI – we recommend using a wrapper like ADL’s xAPI Wrapper. RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^ [NC].

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An explanation of cmi5 in (mostly) plain English

Rustici Software

It’s all too common to hear someone say “cmi5 is the bridge between SCORM and xAPI” around the office. Behold: cmi5, which provides a way to move from SCORM to the more modern xAPI specification. Essentially: cmi5 = LMS + xAPI data. Source: ADL cmi5 Specification.

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


” Well, my objectives with xAPI were the following: Enable data interoperability across systems. Looking at what Megan and I are implementing with xAPI, I have to call out where, in practice, the tools conforming to the spec aren’t helping with data ownership. There’s a group hosted by ADL that is working towards this. To do this, people are designing patterns of interactions within (and across) content items to be tracked with xAPI.

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What is Cmi5? A new set of rules for xAPI


Initially called Tin Can, a more formal name of xAPI was settled upon. A new set of ‘rules’ for xAPI called cmi5 is set to harness the possibilities of xAPI making it even more impactful. In this post we take a look at a snippet of our new eBook: xAPI and cmi5, Plan now for the future of eLearning. Cmi5 is a “profile” for using the xAPI specification with traditional learning management systems. cmi5 is there to put some of the rules back on top of xAPI.

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Part One: How We Decide to Do Work

Experience API

A couple of days ago, I wrote about the state of ADL and Rustici Software’s take on it. ADL’s guiding hand. For most of the last 15 years, ADL has been the primary organizing force in the corporate elearning standards space. This force is realized in two ways: ADL funds research of a specific type, with specific organizations, which causes things to happen to the eLearning standards. This money from ADL provided incentive, and ADL’s guidance provided direction.

SCORM vs. Tin Can (xAPI): which is right for your LMS?

Academy of Mine

then SCORM 2004, and then the Developer saw that those were all good and said: “Let there be Tin Can (xAPI or Experience API)!”. SCORM vs. Tin Can (xAPI). Unfortunately, while Tin Can offers a host of features over and above SCORM 1.2, The Developer. Do you have questions about having a SCORM compliant learning management system (LMS)? Ever wonder about the difference between SCORM vs. Tin Can in online learning content standards and LMS training?


Semantic Interoperability

Experience API

Because without semantic interoperability, the Experience API (xAPI) has a limited future. For us, semantic interoperability in xAPI will be achieved when there is a generally accepted information model. There’s a strong possibility that collaborative work between ADL and IMS could help a great deal. xAPI, on the other hand, is fundamentally a communication protocol applied as a specification for elearning. We think ADL could assert an information model.

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How to Add SCORM, xAPI, and LRS Support to Your WordPress LMS Website to Deliver Interactive Content via eLearning Authoring Tools with Pankaj Agrawal from GrassBlade


Learn how to add SCORM, xAPI, and LRS support to your WordPress LMS website to deliver interactive content via eLearning authoring tools with Pankaj Agrawal from GrassBlade. One is xAPI (Experience API), or if you’ve been in the industry for a few years you may also know Tin Can API.

Anthony Altieri @aa_altieri "Analytics: What You Want to Know" #DevLearn

Learning Visions

These are my live blogged notes from the opening session at this year's DevLearn, hosted by the eLearning Guild and happening in Las Vegas. seems to be talking about the difference between using Google Analytics vs. xAPI for capturing data. Google Analytics embedded in Captivate courses) xAPI - you need your own LRS you need your own reporting -- there's a cost here. To see resolution/pixel in xapi you'd have to add some code.

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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.

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What You Missed at TRYxAPI – ATD ICE


Riptide Software hosted a fantastic event on Saturday for the launch of 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. Heatmap analysis of target training for realtime feedback to soldiers using xapi @RiptideLearning @RISC_Inc #tryxapi

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. One popular eLearning podcast is hosted by Connie Malamed and started in 2013. SaaS (software as a service): Software hosted in the cloud by an LMS vendor so that customers don’t need to install the system locally. Popular eLearning content standards include AICC, SCORM and xAPI.

SCORM Engine 2017.1 is released!

Rustici Software

Plus, we launched Managed Hosted Services this year. So if you’re looking to take some hosting burden off your shoulders, that’s something we can help with now. Remote Content Hosting and Launching. We’ve done a bunch of work to better support customers who need to host their content in a remote location (non-Amazon content store, a CDN solution, etc.). xAPI Conformance. ADL officially released the xAPI Conformance Test Suite and (Good news!)

Semantic Interoperability

Experience API

Because without semantic interoperability, the Experience API (xAPI) has a limited future. For us, semantic interoperability in xAPI will be achieved when there is a generally accepted information model. There’s a strong possibility that collaborative work between ADL and IMS could help a great deal. xAPI, on the other hand, is fundamentally a communication protocol applied as a specification for elearning. We think ADL could assert an information model.

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Comprehensive Guide To Picking a SCORM Compliant LMS in 2021

Academy of Mine

When the ADL was told to create a useful standard for eLearning in the late 90s, there were a lot of different groups who were using electronic means to teach: notably the Army, Navy and Coast Guard.

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What’s the best SCORM compliant LMS to choose in 2020?


This is important because if an elearning course follows SCORM standards, it can be hosted by any LMS that also uses SCORM. If it’s not certified by ADL, which SCORM API elements are supported? ADL is the governing body for SCORM.

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SCORM 101: The Definitive Guide to Choose a SCORM Compliant LMS


SCORM was first developed by the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative – ADL, a research group sponsored by the US Department of Defense. Once you create your SCORM compliant course using an authoring tool, you will need an LMS to host and deliver it to your learners.


What is SCORM?

Growth Engineering

The Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative (ADL) answered the call, and developed the Sharable Content Object Reference Model, more conveniently known as SCORM. If all content is made to meet these criteria, then it becomes much easier to provide a matching system to host and deliver it. The ADL has emerged once more to steward in the new age of eLearning specification. This time they have sparked the creation of the Experience API, better known as xAPI or Tin Can API.


The DevLearn eLearning Rockstar Stage Reveal

eLearning Brothers

Why xAPI? or Why Should I Care About xAPI? How the Experience API (xAPI) is an enabler. Technology discussed in this session: Experience API (xAPI), games, simulations, and HTML5. Michael’s team has been driving the efforts at the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative on the Experience API (xAPI); he researches, strategizes, designs, and makes xAPI solutions and products. We have our very own Learning Stage at DevLearn this year!

Tin Can API, the evolution of SCORM


Tin Can API , also known as Experience API or xAPI, is generally considered to be the successor to SCORM , and expands the ability of the organizations that use it to gather data about the experiences, both offline and online, experiences that are quantifiable, trackable and shareable. 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.


The Ultimate Glossary of eLearning Terms


From Agile to xAPI and everything in between, there are a lot of eLearning terms to get your head around. ADL (Advanced Distributed Learning). Notable contributions include SCORM and xAPI. An eLearning content authoring tool is a software package which content developers use to create and package eLearning course content using SCORM or xAPI standards. One benefit of a cloud LMS is that it’s quicker and more cost-effective to install than self-hosted learning solutions.

Ultimate eLearning terms you should know: Part 1 (A-L)


From API to xAPI, the words we use everyday can be complex and confusing. ADL (Advanced Distributed Learning): An initiative established by the US Department Of Defense in 1999, aiming to make the delivery of online training consistent across content formats, technologies, and organizations. One benefit of a cloud LMS is that it’s quicker and more cost-effective to install than self-hosted learning solutions.

The A to Z of eLearning Acronyms Part 2


If you need to create materials from scratch (rather than the upload of pre-existing materials such as documents, video, audio, SCORM or xAPI), you should choose an LMS and an authoring tool or an LCMS. LETSI is a new organization with worldwide sponsorship to whom ADL will be handing over stewardship of SCORM. There are now more than a thousand learning management systems on the market, including self-hosted and cloud-based options.