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Organizations can break free of the restrictions that learning management systems dictate and release learners to experience learning beyond the classroom. Learning doesn’t need to take place solely in front of a computer screen and keyboard. A system that tracks learning can take informal, social learning, or experiences in the real world and include those events alongside formal ones. When organizations can extend learning beyond a LMS and browser, employers can drive their employees’ learning opportunities and harness untapped potential.
Experience API (xAPI), also referred to as the Tin Can API, advances the learning context commonly restricted in standard environments and allows for tracking informal learning events. For example, instead of only monitoring web-based learning in a formal environment, it extends tracking capabilities to include learning opportunities such as watching a video, reading an article, having a conversation (with a trainer or mentor), or engaging in a simulation.
Current applications for xAPI include the following, yet there are many more that could be actualized in the future:
With Tin Can API powering a learning system, organizations can track actions that take place outside formal programs and record interactions learners have with other content or people. There are two steps involved in the process.
Experience API is broadening the horizon for organizations. The opportunities available today make learning environments rich and meaningful. As the technology advances, flexible learning environments will only continue to drive workforce advancement. For more information on how to use xAPI contact us today!