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Note: this is a guest blog from Richard Price, the Information Systems Manager at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

In simple terms, xAPI is just a technology standard, but it’s what we can do with it which is generating the most excitement in our respective pilots! Referring to embarking on a project as a ‘journey’ might be considered a cliché, but in the case of our xAPI pilot, I think the maxim is justified.

I’ve been involved with learning technology for a number of years, working with a variety of healthcare providers to implement e-learning solutions. I first heard about xAPI in the spring of 2013 when it was in its infancy, making a tentative enquiry to Rustici Software (the creators of the Watershed LRS) as to whether we could assess the feasibility of implementing the technology in health and social care in the United Kingdom. Little did I realise at that point quite how profound the impact of my exploratory email was going to be! This blog post charts our journey with xAPI so far.NHS top 5

Thinking back to my initial request, I was quite naïve in my early expectations. I knew I wanted to track the informal learning which we didn’t capture at the time but I hadn’t given much thought about what to do with the resultant data and how it would be of benefit to learners and to organisations. xAPI potentially offers the capture of a very rich but very large set of learner activity data which through analysis can begin to map an individual’s competence and confidence in a skill.

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This is a follow-up blog from the amazing Sean Putman, who originally guest blogged for us in March. You can read his first post here. Huge thanks to Sean for writing up these posts to share his real world-experience with the API.

We have a working LRS! Due to other projects, progress has been a little slow. Back in May, we got a couple solid weeks of time to work on the next step of being able to see what users are doing in the software and comparing that against what an expert would have done. When we left off, we were making statements but writing them to a text file. We now have a working LRS powered by a SQL database that can store the statements as they are produced by the system. So, let’s walk through a few topics here to get you up to speed on what we have done.


Note: this is a guest blog from Ellen Meiselman, who does technical strategy and analysis for the UMHS.

I work for the University of Michigan Health System, on the Learning Management Team. We run the enterprise LMS, create online learning activities for use across UMHS, and offer innovative solutions and training for educators embedded throughout the system.

Back in 2008, I attended a SCORM 2.0 requirements gathering workshop hosted by LETSI in Pensacola. My participation was driven by the hope we could improve SCORM and maybe move it toward some of the capabilities that we particularly wanted:

  • Make the LMS disappear from the user’s view where it wasn’t absolutely needed, yet track everything that needs to be tracked.
  • Open up the data inside the LMS to any application that needed to consume it using standards, so this wouldn’t be a custom project for every application.
  • Track and use demographic, role and other types of non-SCORM data for consumption by adaptive learning applications.
  • Eliminate technical limitations of SCORM, including cross-domain issues, the requirement for an open SCORM session to be present before communication could occur, and allow third party participation in tracking for use cases like mentoring and checklist-driven demos.



Experience API infographicNote: this is a guest blog from Jeroen Krouwels, the Business Development Director of PAT Learning Solutions.

On June 20, The Netherlands had a world premiere: the very first xAPI enabled conference worldwide: The Learning Summit, organized by PAT Learning Solutions, creator of PulseWeb, the leading Dutch Learning Process System.


An example of Experience API being used to help a traditional business use eLearning to expand their market.

When we were approached by Simpson Spence & Young (SSY), the world’s largest independent shipbroking group, to create a learning tool to help them with their marketing, we knew that our Experience API based platform would be perfect.

As ever, we started by getting to know their business and we learnt that much of their work involves arranging derivative contracts for steelmakers, mining companies, carmakers and other manufacturers, to fix the price of their raw materials and shipping well into the future. It turns out that researching the benefits of these derivatives contracts isn’t necessarily a priority for a busy steelmaker, but SSY believe that there is potential for growth in this area and wanted to educate existing and potential clients about the upside.


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