Courtesy of ADL

ADL Initiative Director Dr. Kristy Murray welcomes xAPI workshop attendees.

During June 17-19, Dr. Kristy Murray, Director of the ADL Initiative, hosted two learning events about the Experience API (xAPI) at its Orlando Co-Lab facility.

Thirty participants from the Orlando area attended the June 17 session, billed as an introductory workshop for those interested in the xAPI, but who might not have in-depth knowledge of what it is or what it can do. Attendees heard from the ADL Technical Team about why xAPI was created and how it works. The ADL Technical Team also provided demonstrations of xAPI’s ability to express and store experiential data. They also presented a history of ADL’s xAPI design cohort, which engages instructional designers and technologists to devise and present novel ways of employing the xAPI specification. The most interesting demonstration of the day showed how ADL’s Virtual World Framework (VWF) could be configured to report activities in a virtual world as xAPI statements.

Andy Johnson addresses xAPI workshop participants .

Andy Johnson addresses xAPI workshop participants.

On June 18-19, the hands-on “bootcamp” event allowed 36 xAPI adopters to share and learn from each other. Two tracks were offered: one track focused on design considerations and provided plug-and-play opportunities. Among the favorite topics here were “Designing an xAPI-enabled game with the ADL VWF Sandbox,” “xAPI Web Content Development: Starting from Scratch,” and the “xAPI Data Reporting Workshop.” Designers and developers alike found something to take away from the sessions.

Murray was impressed with the enthusiastic response and noted that “everyone came ready to learn and ready to create. It’s very gratifying to see that ADL’s hard work in promoting the xAPI specification is beginning to bear fruit,” she said. Comments from event participants were very positive.

As a follow-up, ADL prepared a robust set of resources for both new and experienced xAPI adopters, including the slide presentations from Orlando and other recent events, xAPI FAQ, and useful links to other resources. Find the resources here.

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