E‑learning: why is the xAPI standard becoming so common?


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E‑learning: why is the xAPI standard becoming so common?

Imane Bensouda

The xAPI or Tin Can API stan­dard is spread­ing at light­ning speed. This stan­dard records, process­es, stores and exchanges data from learn­ing expe­ri­ences. It’s a tech­nol­o­gy that fits per­fect­ly with cur­rent usage.

E‑learning: xAPI standard.

The next gen­er­a­tion of the SCORM for­mat, xAPI is a tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tion that records a wide vari­ety of learn­ing expe­ri­ences. It allows for the track­ing of learn­ing paths from any source.

This stan­dard inte­grates, rec­og­nizes, com­mu­ni­cates and records infor­ma­tion from mobile learn­ing, sim­u­la­tions, seri­ous games, social learn­ing, offline learn­ing, col­lab­o­ra­tive learn­ing, etc. All these expe­ri­ences are record­ed on a LRS (Learn­ing Record Store) which is often inte­grat­ed into an LMS. It is a sys­tem that adapts to all media and all smart and con­nect­ed devices.

xAPI allows to obtain a lot of data about the train­ing mod­ules and their exe­cu­tion. It is pos­si­ble, for exam­ple, to obtain sev­er­al scores for the same mod­ule, to have the detail of the results or to know if the learn­er appre­ci­at­ed the mod­ule or not. This is a stan­dard that can be likened to big data.

→ #elearn­ing AICC, SCORM, xAPI: how do you find your way around?

Thaleia XL, a tool that allows you to create e‑learning content very simply


Thaleia XL is a unique solu­tion that allows you to cre­ate train­ing con­tent in a few clicks. It is an auto­mat­ed, indus­tri­al approach to the cre­ation of train­ing screens such as input or ques­tion­naires, by allow­ing to man­age a data­base of screens and gen­er­ate them auto­mat­i­cal­ly from a sim­ple Excel file. By respond­ing to the cap­i­tal­iza­tion needs of com­pa­nies, Thaleia™ facil­i­tates the exploita­tion of the exist­ing to cre­ate new train­ing and knowl­edge assess­ment resources.

Thaleia imple­ments var­i­ous uses of xAPI:

Real-time SCORM / xAPI translation
For real-time track­ing, the same data can be used in real time and in delayed time.
For syn­chro­niza­tion between LRS
To ensure data con­ti­nu­ity (JSON export)

Want to know more about this stan­dard? Watch the replay of the web con­fer­ence host­ed by e‑learning spe­cial­ists includ­ing myself; Yann Lescurat.

→ xAPi: the new e‑learning standard?

The tech­nol­o­gy is not yet ful­ly democ­ra­tized in all orga­ni­za­tions prac­tic­ing e‑learning but it will become a glob­al stan­dard. Indeed, its capa­bil­i­ties are great and it per­fect­ly meets the expec­ta­tions of the mar­ket. More­over, this new stan­dard will force com­pa­nies to train or cre­ate new jobs regard­ing data analy­sis, sta­tis­ti­cal pro­cess­ing, etc. The xAPI stan­dard real­ly changes the dig­i­tal learning!