We have been developing in VR and AR for some time now but the next step is coupling this with xAPI (Experience API or formerly TinCan). In this post I want to talk a bit more about xAPI and how it can change the way you measure, report and adjust learning for your users - and not just for VR and AR but any learning you provide or learning that is done outside the traditional modes.
What is xAPI?
Rather than focusing on content and whether a learner has passed or failed a piece of structured learning (like SCORM), xAPI is about collecting what the learner does, their interactions, as they learn both formally and informally. Put simply it is learner focused, shifting the view from content to the learner by collecting data from multiple sources and environments.
xAPI structure is actually quite simple - using basic statements presented as Actor-Verb-Object. So these statements might include something like 'Ray downloaded and completed safety checklist', 'Alison failed driving test' or 'Tamati used his mobile device to learn how to sell iPhone X'
How can xAPI help me?
Here are some ways xAPI can help you get more out of your learning:
xAPI and VR
This last option is particularly interesting for us at Workbright. Imagine collecting data on every response or interaction performed by a learner within a VR environment. This way we can track where people look, head movements, what they touch in VR and their response to simulated situations. For example, with our Fire Warden training we might collect data on what areas people visited, the time spent in these areas, what hazards were identified, how learners responded to opposition/refusals to leave and so on. This opens up so much more in terms of reporting, analysis of behaviours and tailoring future training to better suit learners needs.
In the VR space, xAPI just makes sense; and coupled with the immersive experience of VR we can collect data that helps identify gaps in learning, shape future learning and have better follow up discussions on training.
So what do I do next?
We can help you with the key steps to get prepared for xAPI and you may be surprised to learn that your current LMS most likely can deal with xAPI already. If you want to learn more about xAPI, VR or both contact me for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.