OpenEd17: The 14th Annual Open Education Conference
October 11 – 13, 2017  ::  Anaheim, CA

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Thursday, October 12 • 10:15am - 10:40am
Table 7 - Can I get data with that? Serving up open educational resources with a side of learning analytics by using xAPI

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ADDIE, SAM, Gagne's Nine Events, Agile: No matter which model an instructional designer (ID) chooses to follow, one thing is for certain: quality instructional design thrives on data. Learning analytics not only provide the ID with data about if and how individuals are using their created learning event, but also whether or not the learning event is achieving the intended objective. E-Learning standards such as AICC and SCORM provide opportunities to share student usage data through a learning management system (LMS), so that the ID can adjust the learning event as needed and allow for the continuous improvement of effectiveness and best possible learning scenario for the student.

One major drawback of e-Learning standards is that the learning event must be housed in a location, such as an LMS, that requires a student login. When learning events are created and openly shared as open educational resources (OER), the content is typically no longer housed in an LMS, rendering these e-Learning standards useless. Google Analytics can usually provide some information, but not enough to fully gauge student participation in the learning event.

Enter xAPI, or the Experience API. xAPI, informally known as Tin Can, is an e-Learning standard that was created with the recognition that learning takes place everywhere and not just within an online classroom. xAPI allows the ID to collect specific data about how learners are using their learning event, whether it is hosted on a wiki, is a game within an app, or an interactive e-book, all while honoring the free and open principles of OER.

In this session, participants will become aware of the capabilities of the e-Learning standard of xAPI and walk away with tangible steps for investigating it for their own OER projects. Not familiar with coding? That's okay! Participants will explore a broad overview of xAPI's capabilities without an abundance of technical jargon.

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Cristina Colquhoun

Instructional Design & Online Learning Librarian, Oklahoma State University

Thursday October 12, 2017 10:15am - 10:40am PDT
Royal Ballroom