Here's a quick primer on how xAPI can improve your Performance Support.
By now, you’ve heard the buzz regarding what’s variously called Experience API, xAPI, or The Tin Can API. And you know that it’s an emerging learning technology standard that facilitates the collection and communication of data related to the wide range of ways in which a learner interacts with formal or informal learning assets. However, at this point, you might be wondering how xAPI is relevant to performance support and workflow learning.
But before we get into the uses of xAPI in EPSS, let’s quickly review the basics of how xAPI is intended to work.
In a nutshell, learners go about their business learning stuff from a system like Ontuitive that supports xAPI. As they learn, their activities (viewing a video, reading content, assessing content, commenting, completing a task, etc.) are written -- using xAPI statements -- to an xAPI-compliant Learning Record Store. Later, a report of those informal and previously untracked learning activities may be generated to assess the learners activities or the performance of the EPSS system.
With that as background, here are the 3 Reasons your Performance Support should speak xAPI:
Morris Davis, PhD, is an Associate Professor at Drew University and Senior Learning, Performance, & Design Consultant to Ontuitive. Twitter: @morleydj.