Too many organisations are constrained by what their Learning Management System (LMS) can do. By using xAPI and an LRS, you can truly personalise your learning for your people, collect business insights, and create targeted learning. Best of all, your learners aren’t stuck inside your LMS. You can take learning to them, wherever they are.
We were honoured to be asked to present at the Instructional Design and eLearning (#IDeL) meetup in Sydney. We captured the outcomes of the meet up, and a summary of xAPI & Learning Ecosystems in a handy little digital experience.
ExperienceAPI (xAPI) is a standardised specification for tracking learning experiences. ANY learning experience.
xAPI will track modules delivered to learners via an LMS, but that's just the start. xAPI is flexible enough to record almost any learning activity – face to face training courses, webinars, podcasts, mentoring and coaching sessions, short courses, micro credentials... any learning, anywhere.
xAPI is also a much more granular specification than SCORM. It tracks more than completions, passes and fails. Question responses, skills assessments, knowledge gaps, common misconceptions - all can be tracked via xAPI.
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Once you have started collecting your learner’s experiences using xAPI data, you need somewhere to store it. This is where the Learning Record Store (LRS) comes in.
Unlike an LMS, an LRS isn't accessed by the learner - it's a warehouse for all data collected during the learning. It doesn't matter where the learning took place... the xAPI data will flow through to the LRS.
When all your learning data is in the same place, you can start to figure out what it all means.
Once all your data is centrally stored, the real magic happens.
Want to know if your Sales Refresher Training had any impact on overall sales? Use xAPI to import your sales data into the LRS and you can start to look at the correlation between your Sales Team's learning outcomes and their sales performance. Trying to work out if your Management Training courses are helping to improve overall employee wellbeing? Import your employee satisfaction survey data into your LRS and find out!
xAPI and an LRS are the tools you need to show a return on your investment in learning.