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The Experience API (or xAPI) is a new specification for learning technology that makes it possible to collect data about the wide range of experiences a person has (online and offline). This API captures data in a consistent format about a person or group’s activities from many technologies. Very different systems are able to securely communicate by capturing and sharing this stream of activities using xAPI’s simple vocabulary.
Previous specifications were difficult and had limitations (see xAPI vs SCORM), but the Experience API is simple and flexible. It lifts many of the older restrictions. Mobile learning, simulations, virtual worlds, serious games, real-world activities, experiential learning, social learning, offline learning, and collaborative learning are just some of the things that can now be recognized and communicated well with the Experience API.
It’s important to know that we don’t own the Experience API. ADL is the steward of the specification. We just know this space so well that ADL asked us to help develop it. The Experience API is community-driven, and free to implement.
And if you already know that you want to leverage the Experience API but need deeper technical assistance, our services group is here to help. Ask them anything. Really. You can also download the full Experience API specification here.
ADL, the keepers of SCORM, issued a BAA asking for ideas for the next generation of SCORM. We applied, and they asked us to research what the next-generation e-learning specification could/should look like. We then began gathering information about what the next evolution in the e-learning specification world should be based on:
We called this process Project Tin Can because it was meant to be a two-way conversation between us and the e-learning industry. It’s only fitting that the solution be named the Experience API – an elegant solution for letting learning systems communicate with one another. Check out a much more detailed explanation of Project Tin Can.
We not only realized the standard, we wrote it. Now that it’s in the community’s hands and actively developed by many developers and businesses, we are more engaged than ever. See the evolution of the xAPI spec here.
We are helping people solve hard problems and working with the community to make the standard the best that it can be. Our minds are being blown daily, and we like it. We welcome the opportunity to make this better with you. If you have a question about xAPI, we can help.
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