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. This can happen, potentially, with zero configuration. Right now, these groups don’t have a way for devices to talk to each other that all the different players can agree on. They’re not interested in reinventing the wheel.
This is exciting stuff for everyone with a hand in making xAPI what it is. What it could mean is a tighter relationship between learning activity and its outcomes. Meanwhile different needs among xAPI adopters in the learning technology business are becoming clearer. Many products today provide solutions for experiencing content on a variety of devices. Specifically, devices that were never supported by SCORM. Some products offer solutions that analyze xAPI data. A few products focus on content management. Others track activity on websites, simulations, and sensors. What’s emerging are learning activities that look a lot more like work or straight up computing.
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