xAPI - Look Before You Leap

Posted by Jennifer Simpkins on Apr 10, 2018 2:04:49 PM

Unless you have been living under a rock in the training and development world, you have probably heard someone utter the words xAPI, TinCan API, or Experience API – though xAPI is by far its most common name. Like many companies that are exploring options for developing custom courseware, xAPI may be piquing your curiosity. However, without any real knowledge of xAPI, how do you know if the pros outweigh the cons, in your specific situation

What is xAPI?

As defined by Wikipedia, “The Experience API (xAPI) is an e-learning software specification that allows learning content and learning systems to speak to each other in a manner that records and tracks all types of learning experiences. Learning experiences are recorded in a Learning Record Store (LRS). LRSs can exist within traditional Learning Management Systems (LMSs) or on their own.”

So, what does this mean?

With a quite a lot of buzz and not a lot of rock-solid answers (or sources in which to find them), we set out to confirm and/or debunk some of the rumors surrounding xAPI, its mechanics, practical uses, position in the current eLearning environment, comparison with SCORM, design techniques, and development considerations. We wanted to back-up (or deny) some of the claims we’re hearing with a concrete objective analysis in hopes to address the statement, “xAPI is the future of eLearning.”

ICS Learning Group has outlined its opinion on what exactly it means to publish in xAPI, how it affects both the developer and the learner, and what its position is and will be in our rapidly changing eLearning environment.  Read White paper

ICS Learning Group and xAPI

As custom – courseware developers, we deliver eLearning content to a wide range of platforms. Whether you use one of our LMS’s or any other SCORM or xAPI/TinCan compliant learning management system, we can integrate your customized content to launch and track to the LMS or LRS.  Contact us today with any questions.   


Tags: SCORM, eLearning Best Practices