xAPI in Instructional Design


Jon Aleckson and I attended an xAPI conference on Friday, September 16th in Chicago. Jon has already provided his perspective on the case studies and what they mean for the medical community. But I’m interested in exploring the implications of xAPI for instructional design.

Design is an iterative process. We used to have to rely on pre to post data and A/B testing to determine whether a learning intervention was effective. But this only gives us a single point in time for the learner. This does not tell us what the learner was doing at each point throughout the learning intervention.

xAPI could potentially change that. Let’s briefly review: xAPI records statements and context about a learner’s activity and sends that information to a Learning Record Store. xAPI could, for example, record “Jenny Saucerman wrote a blog post on xAPI on September 20, 2016.” This qualitative approach to recording learners’ activities gives us a richer understanding of a learner’s progress throughout the learning intervention (or even outside of it!)

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Issue #141 xAPI Camp: Medical Case Studies
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