A camping we will go!

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Friday  I’m going camping.

Well, xAPI Camp’ing at Lurie Children’s Hospital just off the Magnificent Mile here in Chicago.

Not exactly roughing it, I admit.  But I bet my brain will be hurting by the end of this expedition.

This 4 hour conference is part of the effort to spread the good news about xAPI (or Tin Can) which in an emerging standard for learning content interoperability.  It’s promise is that it will be more flexible and powerful than SCORM (the current content standard) enable easier “plug and play” between LMSs and other to0ls, more variety and granularity of the learning events in can track, and truly powerful “big data” reporting.

I spend about an hour or so this morning checking out xAPI resources and am excited to learn more detail tomorrow.  Here are a few of the resources I found this morning:

MakingBetterAaron E. Silvers and Megan Bowe‘s resource site (and their consulting business storefront as well)

Connections Forum – another resource site and home to xAPI Camps and xAPI Quarterly

Data Interoperability Standards Consortium (DISC) – DISC is charged with the effort for xAPI’s conformance and certification as a standard.

Back in the late 90’s I remember sitting with Barb Ross, my boss at Universal Learning Technologies (pre-WebCT), in her office trying to make sense of a set of metadata tags that were to be attached to learning content to create “interoperability standards”  I believe it was IMS version 0.4.  (IMS was the precursor to SCORM).

It will be fun to learn tomorrow how far we’ve come and where we’re going with xAPI!


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