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  • This Week in MakingBetter: Our Presentation on Adaptive Learning, LEGO and Caricatures

    This Week in MakingBetter: Our Presentation on Adaptive Learning, LEGO and Caricatures

    Wow, last week a doozy. ATD TechKnowledge had us giving presentations, participating in panel discussions, connecting with old friends and making new ones, too. ATD TechKnowledge Recap We presented twice last week. Our presentation on Content Strategy remained basically in-tact from DevLearn this last year with some expansion on granularity, modularity and discreteness. No need…

  • This Week in MakingBetter: An Interview, ATD TechKnowledge & More

    This Week in MakingBetter: An Interview, ATD TechKnowledge & More

    It’s a packed week this week. ūüôā ATD TechKnowledge We’re pretty happy about getting back together with some of the gang this week at ATD TechKnowledge. We have two presentations this year, some panel sessions (“TK Chats”) and I’m sure there will be more than a few meetups. W304 – The Big Picture of Adaptive…

  • Details Announced for xAPI Camp

    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 full day includes two sets of Campfire presentations¬†and two sessions for Small Group Breakouts.¬†The Campfire presentations¬†are short talks¬†about how organizations are¬†leveraging…

  • xAPI Communities of Practice

    xAPI Communities of Practice

    Last year, ADL began organizing Communities of Practice around the design considerations and implementation of xAPI in different contexts.¬†There are many ways xAPI can be applied — how one designs and develops best really depends on the use case. Yesterday,¬†Ben Betts announced his leadership of a¬†Badges Community of Practice, and I was both surprised and…

  • xAPI's Tipping Point for Both Community & Industry

    xAPI's Tipping Point for Both Community & Industry

    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…

  • Case Study: Community of Developing Practice

    Case Study: Community of Developing Practice

    In our last post, I mentioned that “we have a few things¬†that are finally getting ready to come off the grill.” Heh, no sooner did I write that than ATD published an article I wrote with Sarah Gilbert, the Director of the Informatics Academy at the Public Health Informatics Institute¬†— an initiative of the¬†Task Force…

  • Slow Cooking – Our First Year of MakingBetter

    Slow Cooking – Our First Year of MakingBetter

    We really like our burnt ends¬†at MakingBetter — I obsess over the grill¬†almost as much as I obsess¬†over coffee, and while I’m always thinking about smoking something (and eating) anything from beets to briskets, turns out it’s a good metaphor for a new consultancy. When you’re smoking something, it’s only when you start up the…

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

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

    The tl;dr: Like hardware,¬†when it comes to data, if you can’t open it, you don’t own it. I was recently asked¬†to respond to a question, “What were the objectives of the Experience API?” Well, my¬†objectives with¬†xAPI were the following: Enable data interoperability across systems. Enable people to own their data. Surface the evidence linking¬†learning and…

  • Answers: How Do I Get Started With xAPI?

    Answers: How Do I Get Started With xAPI?

    Over the last few months, it‚Äôs become pretty clear to us at MakingBetter that the Experience API has finally reached some sort of tipping point. No longer do we get questions about what the Experience API is. Not only are people starting to get an idea about what it is, they‚Äôre getting a sense of…

  • Reflections on DevLearn's xAPI Hyperdrive

    Reflections on DevLearn's xAPI Hyperdrive

    Still emanating from DevLearn two weeks ago, the buzz about the Experience API is resonating. 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…