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506 Implementing xAPI: A Case Study for Beginners

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM PT
Thursday, October 27

Tracks: Data & Measurement

In nine years since the release of xAPI, implementation beyond proof-of-concept is finally becoming a reality for most organizations. Why? Improved support across learning tools and platforms has made accessing better learning data with xAPI easier than ever. This has left many practitioners looking for a realistic, practical process to implementation in their own organizations.

In this session you will learn how to implement xAPI through the lens of a beginner’s case study—a global organization with limited in-house technical experience. Walk through their xAPI implementation step-by-step—from learning how to build and read xAPI statements to setting-up a learning record store (LRS). We will also discuss limitations versus what is actually feasible today. You will leave with practical steps to use xAPI in your own learning ecosystem, and access to resources for continued support.

In this session, you will learn:

  • A step-by-step process to implementing xAPI
  • Enterprise-level benefits and limitations
  • Ways to create xAPI-enabled content
  • How to set up a learning record store (LRS)
  • How the LRS and LMS/LXP can work together
  • Critical data strategy decisions, such as vocabulary and naming conventions

Technology discussed:

Learning record store (LRS), learning management system (LMS), learning experience platform (LXP), Experience API (xAPI)

Sarah Mercier


Learning Ninjas

Sarah Mercier, CEO at Learning Ninjas, specializes in innovative learning technology and strategic implementation of learning solutions. Sarah is an international facilitator for the Association for Talent Development’s E-Learning Instructional Design and Microlearning certificate programs. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and business events in the areas of instructional strategy, learning technology strategy, and learning solution design and development. Her work has been published in ATD’s 2020 Trends in Learning Technology, The Book of Road-Tested Activities, TD Magazine, Learning Solutions Magazine, CLO Magazine, and a variety of other training and workforce publications.