On March 26, 2019, I’m gathering best examples of the tools that enable, and the professionals who define xAPI’s best practices at xAPI Camp (number 14!) hosted by the eLearning Guild at the Learning Solutions conference in Orlando, FL. In the run-up to the event, I’m highlighting these industry colleagues, and why I think they’re enabling and defining best practices. Today’s post focuses on what dominKnow is doing for savvy instructional designers with their ONE platform, with different authoring modes for different types of content authoring.
If you have some questions about the learner, the learning experience or the efficacy of the learning program, there’s some impressive flexibility in dominKnow ONE I want to point out.
About that Competency Dashboard in RISC…
In my last post, I shared a competency reporting dashboard in RISC’s VTA. RISC’s dashboard (like many useful dashboards) relies on specific, well-formed data. Two companies offer such flexibility to customize what and how you track learners engaging with their authoring tools: Trivantis and dominKnow.
For, seriously, a little extra effort, generating custom statements that conform with profiles or just follow best practices offers so many more valuable insights. In what’s been demonstrated previously, much of the workflow to track to competencies or learning objectives is even automated, meaning as a content author, you wouldn’t have to “code” so much as keep content organized… which you’d want to do anyway as just good instructional design. dominKnow ONE by default, and with no programming, provides a hierarchy and tracking of Course > Module > Learning Object, in which the “Learning Object” contains the content and interactions that, together, would support meeting a particular learning objective or competency. When a learner satisfies the requirements to complete the learning object, the dashboard will show that learner has met the competency requirement(s).
Taking it to the next level and optimizing an individual’s learning
You probably already know that xAPI allows us to track all sorts of information, including the aforementioned objectives/competencies. The data can be leveraged by content, though — a capability that many rapid authoring tools just don’t leverage. At next week’s xAPI Camp at Learning Solutions, dominKnow will demonstrate how you can track author-defined competencies in your content and then use the xAPI data you tracked to dynamically personalize the learner’s content. If a learner has already demonstrated/completed a given competency, why should they be forced to re-demonstrate it or an author need to create unique learning content for each user use case? Not only is it cool — it’s interoperable and dominKnow will demonstrate that while doing this requires instructional design skills, no coding skills are required.
Why is this good?
Out of the box, dominKnow is making it easy to organize content without locking you into this default way of organizing your content, leveraging that to personalize your learning, and enabling you to more easily tie it to your company’s objectives. That’s exactly the flexibility and ease I want to track and report out with xAPI. For most content I need to work with, the 1:1 Learning Object:Competency Objective relationship works, but if I have something more complex, I can take dominKnow ONE down the rabbit hole. As much of xAPI’s best practices require tinkering, the more flexible tools I have available to me, the more use I have for them.