The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) professional standards association is on track to release the Experience Application Programming Interface (xAPI) version 2.0 as an international standard within the next six months.
The Experience API (xAPI for short) is far more than just an update to SCORM, the popular standard for tracking data from a learning management system. xAPI opens up a whole new world of possibilities for learning analytics. Examples of what real organizations are doing with it in real-life situations make it easier to grasp the scale of this advance and apply the learnings to your own situation.
The Experience API or xAPI for short; is a specification document created by a consortium of learning experts led by the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative (ADL), which is a US Government Programme. Whilst the document was being formed its prototype name was ‘project Tin Can’, but these days it is known by its official name, xAPI.
The Experience Application Programming Interface (xAPI) is a learning technology specification that enables data encoding, transport, and exchange across a wide variety of activities, experiences, and devices.