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xAPI transforms the learning design of individual learning solutions. This impact is also felt at the level of learning strategy. Whether or not your organization has a written learning strategy, it will make intentional or subconscious decisions in the following areas:
Let’s look at how xAPI relates to these areas of learning strategy.
How does your organization currently determine where L&D money gets spent and which learning needs get addressed? Do you have a process or do you just wait for somebody to email and ask for a course? There are a few ways you can implement xAPI to make educated, data-driven decisions around what people need to learn and where you focus your L&D budget:
When you’ve identified a competency gap to address, what options do you have available to you to address it? How do you choose the most effective type of solution? Do you use action mapping?
Again, xAPI helps in a few different ways:
Learning technologists have to keep their eyes on both technological developments and learning theory. In both of those camps, there’s always some new thing on the horizon. But is that new thing just a passing fad, or an important feature of the future of learning technology that you need to pay attention to? Will it really work to improve learning and performance in your organization?
You may have had similar questions about the Experience API when it was launched in 2013, but the level of adoption by now means that xAPI is no longer something even more conservative organizations can afford to ignore. One benefit of xAPI, in fact, is that you can use it to pilot and evaluate the impact of new learning theories and technologies in your organization and make evidence driven decisions about whether to adopt them across your organization. You can also expect and demand professional bodies within the learning industry to offer more evidence-driven reports on new technologies and approaches alongside opinion pieces.
One learning theory that’s here to stay is 70:20:10, the idea that most learning happens outside of formal training and that organizations should recognise and support self directed informal learning. There are a growing number of [products that support informal and social learning] and many of these make use of xAPI, since older learning standards simply don’t fit the social learning paradigm. xAPI also makes it considerably easier for you to pilot the tracking and support of informal and social learning on a limited budget.
As you review, develop your learning strategy, or perhaps articulate it for the first time, be sure to consider the impacts of xAPI on that strategy as outlined above. When it’s time to get into the detail, see our guide on the impacts of xAPI on Learning Design. If you’ve already read that, continue to get into the practical details of Statement Design.
If you’re writing your learning strategy for the first time, or need help reviewing an existing strategy, we can help.