It’s almost here!
April 26 is the official release date for the new Experience API from the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative project (ADL) within the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). So, what does that mean to you?
If you are a consumer of technology, if you use computers and other smart devices to view and otherwise use information online, then it is a solid promise of things to come. The Experience API (which is also known by its earlier name of the TinCan API) represents the
beginning of a new way for individuals and organizations to interact — a way for them to record events, track accomplishments, and reports on those stored pieces of information. It is one part of a larger project by ADL that is named the Training and Learning Architecture (TLA) and which is described as the next generation of online learning (among other forms of online interaction). Another description of the Experience API (xAPI, for short) and the TLA in general is that it is the successor to SCORM (Shareable Content Object Reference Model) — a standard that for over ten years has been the leading platform for creating online learning that is not tied to a proprietary LMS implementation — and one that will free training delivery from the web browser.
If you are one of the early adopters of the Experience API, this is a milestone. If gives us something solid to work against as we add the new features and capabilities of TLA to our existing products and create new ones to take online interaction to a new level. If you are interested in the details of this new technology, click here to see the latest version of the standard that will be released to the public this week.