Prospects of implementing xAPI as a solution for progress tracking in a Blended Learning environment



Learning and development is an exciting world of never ending change, challenges, and trends. Businesses are currently attempting to adapt to the rapid digitization of workplaces. Therefore, L&D (Learning and Development) professionals are making learning material available to learners when and where they need it. According to two of “The State of Learning and Development” reports, published by “InSync Training” in 2016 and 2017 [1,2], the L&D industry is experiencing a shift from traditional approaches (e.g. classrooms, multi-day workshops…), to more modern learner-centered approaches (e.g. blended learning, mobile learning…). The aforementioned reports emphasize on the importance of implementing blended learning. It’ a learner-centered approach that matches different parts of the educational content to their most appropriate delivery methods (e.g. classroom interaction, article, video, audio, video game…) and sequences the resulting learning activities into a complete program of instruction. Although it’s currently a very popular trend given its benefits, there are multiple challenges it’s facing. In this article, we’ll explain the different benefits and challenges of blended learning. After that we’ll explore the prospects of implementing the Experience API (xAPI in short), a new open source specification for learning technology published by ADL (Advanced Distributed Learning) in 2013 [3], as a solution to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of blended learning.


Learning and Development; InSync Training; mimeo; Blended Learning; Learner-centered approach; LMS; Interoperability standard; Experience API; xAPI; Tin Can API; Rustici Software; ADL; SCORM; RESTful web services; LRS; Activity Streams; PDL; R

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