xAPI Resource Center

The xAPI Resource Center is aimed at Learning and Development practitioners who have heard about xAPI and are curious to know more.


The xAPI Resource Center is aimed at Learning and Development practitioners who have heard about xAPI and are curious to know more. It is a curated collection of links, blogs, ebooks, white papers, people and anything else that helped me understand xAPI – what it will be and how we’ll be able to benefit from it. This is not meant to be a comprehensive, authoritative resource. It is a collection of the documents which helped me understand xAPI to a level that I can help other Learning Professionals make sense of it.

The resources in this center are divided into 4 sections each with its own page…….

So What is xAPI?

xAPI, also known as Experience API or Tin Can API, Is a new technical standard being created by ADL (Advanced Distributed Learning) Co-Laboratories to document data regarding learning experiences both online and offline.

The goals of the xAPI are:

  • To make it easier to understand and compare learning experiences and their outcomes recorded across a wide variety of contexts, platforms, and technologies.
  • To maximize interoperability of services which create, gather, store and process information about learning experiences.
  • To provide a guide to those who want to build applications that conform to and implement this specification.
  • To provide criteria against which conformance to this specification can be tested

Some of the features of xAPI:

  • There’s no LMS required (but with cmi5, LMSs and xAPI will work together seamlessly)
  • Take learning outside of the browser
  • Keep complete control over your content
  • No cross-domain issues
  • Use mobile learning and native mobile apps
  • Track games, simulations, and informal learning
  • Track real-world performance
  • Track offline learning

xAPI uses a natural language format that is based on the following structure:

 Dave authored An xAPI Resource for L&D Professionals.
Joanne completed a word find puzzle.

This structure is one of the key factors that will make xAPI both extensible and assure data interoperability.  The statements can provide extensive additional data, but this is the core structure.

SCORM can only pull a limited amount of data for courses that are stored in an LMS.  xAPI can be established to draw data from any digital tool you might think of.  Mobile phones, YouTube, Salesforce, Slack, US military rifle ranges, and practice mannequins in medicine – all are creating xAPI statements today.  So the basic promise of xAPI is that not only can we deliver learning anytime/anyplace – but we’ll be able to measure it!!!

xAPI has had its struggles in its early development, but it seems poised to really get traction in 2017. The US Department of Defense is poised to adopt xAPI as the standard for all of their learning experiences. A similar move by the DoD to adopt SCORM years ago led to its avalanche of adoption by all major learning players.

Which is fortuitous timing as L&D professionals and organizations are under greater and greater pressure to show true business impact and value.  I believe the combination of social learning experiences, xAPI, and Learning Analytics will be game-changing for organizational learning and performance management and support. 

twitterI have created a Twitter List of people and organizations that tweet about xAPI.  Please follow it.  If there is someone or an organization that tweets regularly about xAPI, please send me your suggestions (Direct tweet me, use Contact page here at new eelearning, or email me if you have my email.)

6 thoughts on “xAPI Resource Center”

  1. I recently transitioned from the physician recruitment world to the LMS world. Obviously we rarely come across xAPIs, SCORM, etc in physician recruitment. And although people in the tech industry are extremely smart, they sometimes have difficulty explaining certain things in a non-technical way. This website really helped me to understand what an xAPI is and what it can do. Thank you so much! I’ve shared this site with many of my colleagues and everyone finds it extremely helpful.


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