The LMS generally only tracks and records learning that takes place within the LMS. Yet, even as we treat training as discrete events, we also recognise that learning predominantly occurs in informal, social and on-the-job settings where results are not recorded.
Unlike SCORM, xAPI allows us to design learning programs that involve not only formal learning events, assessments and learner feedback but also experiences where other forms of learning are encountered.
Those learner experiences could be as varied as posting a comment in a forum or social media site, completing a process task in a company document management system, or registering for a seminar or a lunch’n’learn. When an activity needs to be recorded, the application (device, system or process) that controls the activity sends a secure xAPI statement to a learning record store (LRS). With an LRS, you can track and report on very granular user data and user behaviour.
We can help you plan and determine what you might want to measure for your learning outcomes and evaluations. We will set up your learning statements and reporting functions and embed the appropriate tracking elements into your digital learning artefacts. This will help you to effectively measure learning across the full range of learning assets and business performance.
If you are curious about big data in learning, read our article that appeared in the Australian Institute of Learning and Development (AITD) Magazine.