How to Track Informal Learning Experiences [Step 2]


Now that you’ve identified what you want to track, it’s time to design and implement that tracking and reporting. In this Blended Learning post, we’ll show you how tools, such as xAPI, can help you capture data from learning experiences.

How do I track learning activities?

How to use xAPI to track distributed learning experiences

Let’s find the most appropriate tracking methods for your high-priority learning activities. First, consider:

  • what data needs to be captured,
  • how reliable that data needs to be, and
  • the approximate cost associated with your preferred tracking method.

Keep in mind, cost and effort increase as you track more types of experiences—but not necessarily the number of the same experience types. For example, if you’re already capturing data about classroom training on one subject, it may be worthwhile to track all classroom work-based learning at the same time.

Equally, if you want to dig into a particular competency, tracking all of the related learning experiences across multiple channels is likely to be a lot of work. Instead, choose one channel and consider looking into a range of relevant competencies. If you need help determining how to capture your learning data, use this worksheet from our Learning Evaluation blog series to get started.

Up Next: Learning from Your Data

Remember, it’s important to track learning experiences so you can evaluate, support, and improve them. In our next Blended Learning post, we’ll cover the next step of this process—gaining key insights from your data. Sign up for Watershed Insights to get new posts delivered right to your inbox.

L&D Evaluation Made Easy

If you'd like to read more about determining what data to capture, identifying the level of reliability for that data, and comparing the cost and time involvement for different tracking methods, reference the "Seven Steps" portion of our eBook, Essentials of Learning Evaluation: A foundation for effectively measuring learning's impact.

eBook: Essentials of Learning Evaluation Guide

Andrew Downes

About The Author

As one of the authors of xAPI, Andrew Downes has years of expertise in data-driven learning design. With a background in instructional design and development, he’s well versed in creating learning experiences and platforms in corporate and academic environments.