Introduction to the Learning Model Canvas

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As an entrepreneur in the Learning & Development Industry, I have found that building a successful learning model is similar to developing a successful business model. In both cases, a good model requires deep understanding of things like industry trends, customer segments, unique value propositions, and desired business outcomes.

Having “pitched” to hundreds of investors, I have come to appreciate the simplicity of the Business Model Canvas by Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur. The canvas distills the key areas of a business model into one simple, neat storyboard. Even the name “canvas” suggests that one should step into an artist’s shoes and let the creativity flow while drawing out the business model.


Use Case - Creating Simulations With ZebraZapps & Wax LRS

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Interactive and simulated learning environments are an effective way to improve people’s skills and abilities, experientially. Results from such experiences confirm readiness for real-world tasks, they can be correlated with actual performance, and can expose learning paths. In this post, I’ll share how one company has made it easy for instructional designers and developers to build complex simulations in a flexible manner, and they’ve implemented the Experience API as a customizable & granular tracking mechanism. You’ll also find a tutorial and video demonstrating how to connect a simulation to a Learning Record Store (LRS).

“Augment learning experiences. Live data sources. Interactive simulations. Team activities. No scripting. Flexible & powerful.” - ZebraZapps

How to Do SMS Learning Using the Experience API

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The Experience API enables new ways to deliver and capture mobile learning experiences, like SMS learning. There are great tools for mobile delivery like HTML5 & native apps but they require a lot of time and resources. In this article, we’ll cover how to setup an SMS learning application and have the results reported to an LRS, then we’ll show you how to deploy your own application.


Ten Questions & Answers About the Experience API

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It’s really exciting to see the level of interest in the Experience API from the L&D community. L&D professionals are extremely inquisitive and it is amazing to see how many questions there are out there that we haven’t addressed, so we’ve decided to take a stab at it. There are new questions popping up every day and we’ll be posting these on an ongoing basis on our support site. For now, here’s a list of top questions we’ve compiled:


New Experience API Resources Page

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We’re here to help you, so we’ve created a new Experience API resources page. You will find white papers, blog posts, use cases, infographics, links to documentation, workshops, and webinars. We plan on adding resources each week so please let us know what you’d like to see and we’ll try to include it.


To make it easier to find what you’re looking for, we’ve built an easy way to filter by topics of interest and resource types. Also, if you register for a particular resource we’ll send you an update on all the new stuff once a month.

We hope you find this useful, so enjoy! Don’t be shy to share this with your peers, we’d really appreciate you spreading the knowledge about the Experience API.

Use Case - LearnDash LMS & Wax LRS

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One of the benefits of the Experience API to the eLearning industry is the affordance of distributed training and delivery systems. In this post, I’ll share how one company has developed a customizable, inexpensive, and modular Learning Management System (LMS) along with a brief video demonstration of how it works.

LearnDash LMS is a WordPress plugin that transforms your site into an LMS system. It’s easy to install and provides a plethora of features to help you create & sell training courses, award certificates, design quizzes (using a rapid authoring tool), and get user reports. LearnDash was created by learning professionals with Fortune 500 experience for educational institutions, non-profit & government organizations, and small to medium size businesses. It’s an affordable and highly differentiated alternative to the hundreds of other LMS options on the market.

LearnDash also comes powered with the Experience API…but what does that mean? How is this important to training companies and small to medium sized organizational development teams? What problems does it solve in the context of training delivery?

“A distributed, modular, affordable, customizable, and easy to implement training delivery system outfitted with the Experience API”

Five Reasons to Call It the Experience API

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I have been in the eLearning industry for about six days now and have already become involved in the learning debate. How could I not? With names like Experience, Tin Can, and SCORM 2.0 floating around describing the same API, it’s easy for anyone jumping in to be confused. After doing some research on the matter, I have come to the conclusion that Experience is my prefered term, and here is why:

ADL’s Official Name

The official authority on this matter, the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL), has named this new standard the Experience API. They did this for good reasons too. The intended purpose of the API is to ”provide access to learning experiences”. Experiences. That is the purpose. It’s almost impractical to change the government’s official, and logical name for the API.

Planning for the xAPI - Insights From mLearnCon

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mLearnCon was a great catalyst for discussing mobile learning and the Experience API (xAPI). One notable difference this year was the change in the xAPI conversation. Learning leaders are becoming more knowledgeable about the benefits of the new learning technology standard and the conversation has evolved from “What is the xAPI?” to “How should we get started?”

My conversations generally focused on three key areas: the xAPI ecosystem, learning models, and planning.

Innovation Roller Coaster

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Please keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times.

Although you’re not on a roller coaster, I felt like I was on one my first day of being introduced to the world of eLearning. Tin Cans, Wax, Record Stores, Saltbox… A cornucopia of seemingly unrelated words to the untrained ear.

This confusion and Cyclone feeling is more due to the fact that I don’t have a strong technical background. I am a student at the University of Washington studying Entrepreneurship and Marketing. In fact, I’ve been a Co-Founder of an apparel startup, hardly relatable to Experience API. Nonetheless, fate has stepped in and I am your guide on this roller coaster.

Analysis in the Time of Big Questions

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Using the Experience API makes previously uncollected, locked up, and distant learning-related data immediate and accessible. Now questions previously futile to ask can be addressed, and even questions previously accessible but unasked are being tackled, as freeing data frees innovation. Many of those questions are straightforward - summarizing, breaking down, or otherwise reorganizing data. “How many people with property X took action Y?” “How many people in time range Q took action Z immediately after action W?” “Who are the ten people who have the highest scores on activity 42?”

These questions are important and useful, but barely skim the possibilities. Generally when you hear “analytics” the speaker is talking about that sort of thing, but the whole space of analysis encompasses so much more than analytics.