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Ask the Expert: How to write xAPI statements for quizzes and questions

By Andrew Downes | Jun 27, 2018

Whether it’s from L&D vendors or organizations building custom e-learning courses or assessments, the xAPI statement question we’re asked most often is, “How do I design xAPI statements for quizzes and questions?”.

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Dev Delve: Driving Innovation through Data Transformation

By David Ells | Jan 18, 2018

In this Dev Delve, we’ll explore a topic easily overlooked when viewing data science as a whole: What are the best practices for managing and transforming data to create the results that provide insights or predictions?

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Dev Delve: Data Silos & Integration

By David Ells | Nov 13, 2017

Whether it's tracking the performance of a Roth IRA or gathering demographics for product testing, data plays an important role in our personal and professional lives every day. And while data can provide helpful insights and ease everyday tasks, leveraging it for deeper insights can pose real challenges. In this Dev Delve, we’ll focus on two common issues when it comes to working with data—the prevalence of “data silos” and the work involved in solving the “data integration problem.” We’ll unpack these terms and uncover the underlying details that contribute to each of these challenges.

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Making a Statement: The DoDI officially "commits" to xAPI

By Andrew Downes | Oct 19, 2017

On Oct. 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced some exciting news regarding the adoption of the Experience API (xAPI), publishing an instruction mandating xAPI implementation for its distance learning systems. That might not sound like a huge deal (especially if you don’t work with the U.S. military), but to understand why this is important for the L&D industry, let’s review SCORM's history and how a similar instruction published several years ago impacted its adoption across the e-learning industry.

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Dev Delve: More L&D Reports with Less Page Load Time

By Ervin Puškar | Oct 17, 2017

I try really hard to avoid being the stereotypical angry dev nerd who tells users they’re doing it wrong. In my mind, it’s completely unacceptable to tell users they’re using an application beyond its intended use. Besides, isn’t that the whole point—don’t you want people to use something you created in a way that’s beyond what you could have imagined?

And it’s one of these instances that left me with a challenge I was determined to figure out: How do I maximize the number of L&D reports per user dashboard while limiting load times and reducing latency?

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Ask the Expert: How do I find the most impactful training content?

By Andrew Downes | Aug 1, 2017

Whether you have thousands of users, thousands of learning resources, or both, pinpointing the most beneficial training content and courses can be overwhelming for any L&D practitioner. In this post, we'll show you a simple way to get started and take a deep dive into the world of long-tail distribution. 

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5 Pitfalls of Using Excel to Report on Learning

By Andrew Downes | Jan 23, 2017

Many organizations use Excel or other spreadsheet software to evaluate and report on their learning programs. And, as you might imagine, this tedious reporting process comes with several challenges.

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Ask the Expert: Use xAPI to track learners with many accounts

By Andrew Downes | Nov 21, 2016

A learner has multiple accounts that require different login IDs. So, if you're tracking a single learner across many systems, how will your LRS know that the various login identifiers are for the same person so you can report on all of his or her learning? Find out more in this Ask the Expert blog post.

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Announcing xAPIgo @DevLearn

By Andrew Downes | Nov 4, 2016

DevLearn 2016 is right around the corner, and it's the only place where you can play xAPIgo—an exciting game that allows you to experience xAPI firsthand while challenging your colleagues for the top of the leaderboard!

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What’s New with xAPI 1.0.3?

By Andrew Downes | Sep 21, 2016

 xAPI version 1.0.3 was released today, representing the biggest step forward for the specification since 1.0.0 was released in April 2013. What's changed? What's the same? Find out right now.

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