A Conversation with John Blackmon of Trivantis

Kapp Notes

John is the Chief Technology Officer for Trivantis as well as being one of the Co-Founders of the company. John is responsible for all aspects of development and strategy for Trivantis’s eLearning products. Trivantis has a number of online learning development tools including Lectora Online, Lectora Inspire and Lectora Publisher as well as CourseMill, CourseMill Mobile and ReviewLink. The other day I had a chance to catch up with John Blackmon.



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John Blackmon – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators


ABOUT JOHN BLACKMON (Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Trivantis Corporation). As Chief Technology Officer for Trivantis Corporation, John Blackmon is responsible for all aspects of development and strategy for the company’s eLearning products. Prior to joining Trivantis, John worked in a variety of industries, including Electronic Data Systems, IBM, and General Motors. Learnnovators: Trivantis’ Lectora made rapid e Learning simple and cost-effective.

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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Thursday’s Trending eLearning Topic: xAPI


xAPI (often called The Experience API, Tin Can, or the next generation of SCORM) helps us measure learner success by tracking many types of learning experiences. So, for this Thursday’s Trending eLearning Topic, I decided to focus on xAPI and collect resources that can help you understand xAPI and just a few of the possibilities for tracking training at your organization. Best Practices for xAPI. Have you used xAPI to track learner activity at your company?

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ABOUT ERIC SCHUERMANN (Director of Global Sales, Trivantis Corporation Inc): Eric Schuermann is Director of Global Sales at Trivantis Corporation Inc. Trivantis is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, with offices in Paris, London, and Beijing. Trivantis’ products are used by companies in over 125 countries, and are offered in 6 languages. What are Trivantis’ plans for Lectora to support the development of interactive-video based courses?



Looking ahead, we have the world’s most inspiring and magnificent people joining us on this journey: Eric Schuermann (Director of Global Sales, Trivantis Corporation Inc.). As this wonderful year comes to a close, we wish to take a look back at our little journey, which presented us with some great learnings about ‘learning’. We want to stop here for a moment and thank you for all the amazing support and encouragement that you had showered upon us along the way.

The Best of eLearning in December 2015


This month at Trivantis®, we released Lectora® 16 with Responsive Course Design™. We also launched the new Trivantis Community Contests —and of course, we picked our favorite December articles for you to read. Trivantis Wins Silver in 2015 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Awards. Trivantis won a Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Silver Award for Best Advance in Content Authoring Technology for Lectora Online and xAPI.

5 Exciting Updates in Lectora Online 3.2

eLearning Brothers

Last weekend, our friends at Trivantis released an update to their Lectora Online software bringing it to version 3.2. Easier xAPI Integration. Trivantis has added two new action types that smoothly interact with the xAPI Learning Record Store (if that’s a bunch of crazy jargon to you, check out the xAPI website to get up to speed). We wanted to cover our five favorite improvements from this update that we think you’re really going to love.

DevLearn 2015 Recap


Team Trivantis® took a field trip to Las Vegas last week for DevLearn 2015. xAPI isn’t really the “new kid on the block” anymore, but it’s still what everyone is talking about. Lectora has supported xAPI since its release, and many people stopping by our booth told us that Lectora is the best tool on the market for xAPI. Learn more about Lectora and xAPI in this post: Thursday’s Trending eLearning Topic: xAPI. We’re back!

Lectora Online: Cloud-based Authoring for Docebo Customers


What happens when the authoring tool Lectora® Online and Docebo’s learning management system are integrated via xAPI? In addition, they have the opportunity for powerful reporting using xAPI. Let’s talk about xAPI for a minute. The xAPI standard (you may have heard it called The Experience API, or even Tin Can) can change the way organizations like yours deliver, track, and measure learning.

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LEARNNOVATIONS ~ Looking Back, Looking Forward


Looking ahead, we have the world’s most inspiring and magnificent people joining us on this journey: Eric Schuermann (Director of Global Sales, Trivantis Corporation Inc.). As this wonderful year comes to a close, we wish to take a look back at our little journey, which presented us with some great learnings about ‘learning’. We want to stop here for a moment and thank you for all the amazing support and encouragement that you had showered upon us along the way.

The Best of eLearning in August 2015


However, it’s been a pretty lively month here at Trivantis. eLearning Authoring: Taking the Next Step with xAPI. If xAPI isn’t on your radar, it needs to be. This article from Learning Solutions Magazine gives you some great examples of what you can track with xAPI (subscription or eLearning Guild login required to read the whole article). We also covered xAPI on the Everything eLearning Blog here: Why the Experience API (xAPI) Is Crucial to Your eLearning Success.

The Best of eLearning in May 2016


May was a busy month here at Trivantis®. Featured Trivantis Community Post: LUC 2016 Community Showcase. Social buzz: Lectora and xAPI. We work hard to ensure Lectora is on the cutting edge and the best tool for our users, and that’s why we’re proud of our level of support for xAPI. Here’s a quick look at everything we’ve been up to! On the blog: LUC 2016 Recap: Sharing Bright Ideas in Sunny Florida.

The Best of eLearning in November 2016


November was a busy and exciting month for the Trivantis® team! Special thanks to Windy Schneider , CACI International and Joe Ganci, eLearning Joe for their shout outs to Trivantis tools Lectora and ReviewLink™ in their presentations! The integration allows for one-click publishing of a xAPI course straight from Lectora Online into Docebo. Sign up for a free trial at Trivantis.com/Docebo or join us for a free webinar on xAPI in eLearning.

The Best of eLearning in June 2015


It’s been one hot month here at the Trivantis Headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. xAPI and Analytics: Measuring Your Way to Success. You can use the xAPI to track any type of user/system interaction and then use analytics tools to compile and interpret xAPI data. The post The Best of eLearning in June 2015 appeared first on Trivantis e-Learning.

The DevLearn eLearning Rockstar Stage Reveal

eLearning Brothers

John Blackmon, Trivantis. About your presenter: John Blackmon, the chief technology officer of Trivantis, is responsible for all aspects of development and strategy for the company’s eLearning products. 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. We have our very own Learning Stage at DevLearn this year!

5 Latest Updates to Lectora Online 3.2

CommLab India

Today, we will look at five major updates to this web-based authoring tool from Trivantis. You can now develop online courses, compatible with xAPI (as Tin Can API is also known), in a hassle-free manner, thanks to these latest updates to Lectora Online 3.2: Option to make e-learning courses compatible with xAPI, without using special designations in Title Options.

A Q&A with the Queen of Customizable Courseware

eLearning Brothers

The eLearning package includes multiple LMS-ready, published formats of your course files for SCORM and xAPI, so you’re ready to rock right out of the box. Source files are available in Adobe® Captivate, Trivantis® Lectora, and/or Articulate® Storyline file types. Today I sat down with Chris Willis, Senior Product Manager for Customizable Courseware , and got the scoop on this growing catalog of fully built, fully customizable training courses.

eLearning Basics: Can You Make Your Own eLearning Courses?

Convergence Training

Trivantis Lectora . This will probably be SCORM or xAPI and it will include HTML5 (read our article about the upcoming end of Flash). In our ongoing “eLearning Basics” series of articles, we’re going to address the question of where you can get elearning courses from. And, in particular, we’re going to explain that you CAN make your own elearning courses and explain how.

E-Learning 101: Straightforward Answers to Fundamental Questions—Part 2

ATD Learning Technologies

In October 2013, an eLearning Guild report showed the most common authoring tools were Adobe Captivate, TechSmith Camtasia, Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio, and Trivantis Lectora, and those tools are still leaders in this market. Is there a preference or reason for choosing xAPI, AICC, SCORM over the other? xAPI, AICC, and SCORM are all communication protocols about how learning events talk to tracking systems. Many LMSs do not support the xAPI standards, for example.

Our Top 4 Takeaways from DevLearn 2018

Artisan eLearning

Growth in xAPI and cmi5 Adoption. After five years since the official release of xAPI, both xAPI and cmi5 are growing in adoption. But, with the growth seen in the adoption rate of xAPI, new types of learning platforms are becoming more prevalent. Tools like Trivantis’ CenarioVR make it possible for organizations to create 360-degree-video-based VR experiences for their learners. Artisan at DevLearn 2018.

LMS, LCMS, Content Authoring: Exploring eLearning Tools

WBT Systems

Some of the most popular are Adobe Captivate , Articulate Storyline , and Trivantis Lectora. In addition to these two, there is a newer eLearning content standard that is starting to be deployed and that is known as Experience API, xAPI, or Tin Can. Before getting started with using eLearning tools for your education or certification programs, it is important to know the difference between the different tools used to create, develop, and deliver eLearning content.

Trends that Will Shape E-learning, M-learning and LMSs in 2017

CommLab India

Several e-learning software vendors such as Articulate, Adobe, and Trivantis are enhancing the game-based learning development capabilities of their products, to meet this growing demand. Tin Can API (or xAPI as it is also known), the successor to SCORM, is likely to make more inroads in 2017. E-learning is ever evolving. The online learning format has a long history of embracing various developments to deliver better learning experiences, and 2017 is going to be no different.

Lectora Basics: How to Use the Variable Manager


The Trivantis® Community Knowledge Base resources on the topic of Variables. If your Title Type is set to AICC/SCORM/xAPI for LMS/LRS, the variables required to communicate data via those platforms are also included in the Reserved list. In this blog series, Wendy Miller, Lead Content Developer here at Trivantis, will introduce you to fundamental concepts in Lectora.