This event has already happened. Here’s the overview of the event. Presentations are available on our xAPI Case Studies page.
What was it?
xAPI Camp-Orlando was a one-day event showcasing what’s possible with xAPI. On March, 24 2015, we were at the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation & Training. This was a day filled with case studies, problem solving and networking. We connected participants to answers they could act on and a community that helps them make an impact.
Where was it?
We were at the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation & Training, located at 3100 Technology Parkway, Orlando, FL 32826.
Who was there?
See John’s presentation on eBooks with xAPI from xAPI Camp-Orlando
John Costa chairs three open-standards committees, including the IEEE IC12 Industry Connections Committee ADB (IEEE Actionable Data Book & ePub3) effort. The group is developing an open architecture for standardizing interactive eBooks, active widgets and xAPI. Current xAPI development involves integration of the ePub3 to dashboards of various learning record stores including real-time updates back to the epub itself. We are actively seeking new members. Contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. John is CEO of RePubIT, an Interactive eBook Prototyping Studio.
See Andy’s presentation on LRSs and xAPI Conformance from xAPI Camp-Orlando
Andy Johnson has spent the last 14 years supporting the evolution of online learning specifications. He has worked as both a developer and implementer of such standards from all stages – documentation, prototyping, conformance testing, and deployment. Andy is one of the few ADL people left who worked on, and still works on, the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM). He is extremely happy to bring those experiences to his efforts in leading ADL’s Experience API (xAPI) efforts. Andy’s passion is developing dynamic and entertaining learning experiences(especially game-based learning) which xAPI is well-suited to enable.
See Ben’s presentation on Personal Data for Learning from xAPI Camp-Orlando
Ben Betts is an entrepreneur and technologist, specializing in the application of social and peer-to-peer learning in organizations. He speaks around the world promoting research-driven innovations in learning technology, including making an appearance at TEDx in the UK. He has written for four books in the last two years, published peer-reviewed academic papers and many magazine articles. His current research focuses on the role of data in creating personalized, social learning experiences.
See Art’s presentation on CMI5 from xAPI Camp-Orlando
Art Werkenthin, president of RISC, Inc., once wrote ‘No-Escape Missile Envelope’ simulations for a NATO fighters. He has over 30 years’ experience working with LMS systems in the Oil & Gas, Retail, Finance and other industries. An early xAPI enthusiast, Art’s company was the first to implement xAPI 1.0 in a commercial LMS. For the past 2 years Art has participated on the ADL CMI-5 committee and frequently presents and blogs on both xAPI and CMI-5 topics. You can follow Art on Twitter (@AWerkenthin) and read CMI-5 / xAPI blogs at http://risc-inc.com/blog/category/tech/xapi-and-cmi-5/.
See John’s presentation from xAPI Camp-Orlando
John Delano is CEO & Co-founder of Saltbox, makers of Wax LRS, which helps organizations connect learning to performance. He has over 20 years of executive experience in learning development, consulting, and sales with companies such as AT&T, Comcast, T-Mobile, and BayGroup International. A Pacific Northwest native, John graduated from University of Washington, received his Master’s Degree from the University of Portland, and is an Adjunct Professor at Bellevue College. John is a published author, speaker, and creator of The Learning Model Canvas. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @johndelano.
Shelly Blake-Plock, CEO at Yet Analytics, Inc. Currently working on projects related to experiential data analytics and xAPI, Shelly’s background is in blending pedagogy, instructional technology, social media, and professional learning environments.
Megan Bowe (@meganbowe) designs product and integration strategies for learning technology companies. As a product manager, she takes product ideas through research, roadmaps, and building to launch. Megan works on projects that need a wide angle lens to focus on learning, data portability and formative analysis. At Knewton, Megan manages APIs that bring adaptivity into various learning applications. Through MakingBetter, Megan helps people understand and use xAPI. She co-created “Up to All of Us,” a community focusing on advancing learning, design and technology. In 2014, Megan helped launch the industry consortium, Connections Forum.
Robert Gadd is President of OnPoint Digital and responsible for OnPoint’s vision and strategy. OnPoint’s online and mobile-enabled offerings support more than one million workers and include innovative methods for content authoring, conversion and delivery extended with social interactions, game mechanics and enterprise-grade security for workers on any device. Prior to OnPoint, Mr. Gadd spent ten years as CTO of Datatec Systems and President/CTO of spin-off eDeploy.com. Mr. Gadd is a frequent speaker on learning solutions including mobile, informal learning, gamification and xAPI at industry conferences. He was also co-host of the “This Week in mLearning” podcast currently on hiatus.
Michael Hruska is a technologist with experiences spanning across standards, emerging technologies, learning, and science. He is a former researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is the President/CEO Problem Solutions and provides technology, business model and innovation solutions to Fortune 500, government and startups. His team has been stewarding the efforts for the last 7+ years at the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative on the Experience API (xAPI). He researches, strategizes, designs, and makes xAPI solutions and products. Michael’s experience spans the continuum between advanced research on adaptive learning ecosystems and solution/product design.
Jonathan Poltrack has been involved in education, online learning and the DoD’s Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative since 1999. At ADL, Jonathan was an early contributor to the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM), which became the de facto global e-learning specification. He provided expertise and software development to many SCORM software projects including the SCORM Conformance Test Suite, the Sample Run-Time Environment example Learning Management System (LMS), the ADL SCORM RELOAD Editor course packaging tool and a wide variety of content examples. In 2009, Jonathan rejoined ADL with the goal of modernizing some of ADL’s aging technologies. This included the creation of a new learning platform based on emerging technologies and software architecture. Jonathan’s previous experience with online learning technologies provided the ideal context for him to contribute to the vision of new specification efforts. The first of these specifications, the Experience API (xAPI), updates the SCORM Run-Time Environment and expands types of learning content to be inclusive of native handheld apps, simulations, virtual worlds, sensors, game and many additional content modalities. Jonathan is passionate about learning, training and performance support and their intersection with technology. He strives to continue to improve global education initiatives by envisioning, managing and implementing learning technology solutions.
Dr. David Rogers is a respected thought leader in the area of mobile learning and development and heads MobileGov’s development lab in Orlando, Florida. He also serves as the CEO for the social enterprise Allogy, which provides mobile learning solutions for students throughout the world. Dr. Rogers performed his doctoral research at the Institute for Simulation & Training at the University of Central Florida (UCF). His area of research at UCF is focused on mobile software development for distributed service delivery, informatics, and humanitarian and disaster response missions. He develops learning and performance support applications in support of the federal government, nonprofit organizations, universities, the Department of Defense, and various industry partners. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Dr. Rogers served in the Air Force and later spent several years in East Africa managing aid & development programs. He currently is leading a multi-year research initiative on mobile data collection, and has authored a number of publications on the use of mobile technology in research and learning.
Marty Rosenheck, Ph.D., is CEO and Chief Learning Strategist at Cognitive Advisors, the makers of the TREK Learning Experience Manager, a mobile SaaS platform built on the xAPI, that manages and tracks on-the-job learning and enables nano-coaching. TREK recently won the Brandon Hall Gold Award for Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology. Marty is a thought leader and sought-after consultant, speaker, and writer on the application of cognitive science research to learning and performance. He has been helping people and organizations develop expert performance for over 25 years.
In 2002, Mike started Rustici Software to help Learning Management Systems and e-learning content creators work well with each other using the SCORM standard. Rustici Software has grown to be an INC 5,000 company and a leader in e-learning specifications. Today, Mike’s company is leading the world towards adoption of the Tin Can API (xAPI), the successor to SCORM. Rustici Software wrote the first draft of Tin Can (xAPI) before handing it off to the community for industry-wide collaboration. Under his leadership, Rustici Software received a Gold and Silver Brandon Hall Group Excellence Award for Best in Learning Technology Implementations in 2014.
As managing director of Float Mobile Learning, Chad Udell designs, develops and manages interactive Web and mobile projects. Chad has worked with industry-leading Fortune 500 companies and government agencies to concept, design and develop award winning experiences. Chad is recognized as an expert in mobile design and development, and he speaks regularly at national and international events and conferences on related topics. In 2012, Chad released his first book, Learning Everywhere: How Mobile Content Strategies are Transforming Training. In 2014, he co-edited the book, Mastering Mobile Learning: Tips and Techniques for Success with Gary Woodill.
Nick Washburn has a 20+ year career working with software companies and hi-tech entrepreneurs in distance learning, and web based software. Currently, Nick is Director of the Riptide Software Learning Division, bringing Riptide Elements® learning products to market. Elements core product development efforts align with the goals of the Advanced Distributed Learning directorate, and Nick is a contributing member of the community, researching, developing and working within the standards for xAPI. During 2009-2012 he led the design and development of an award winning multilingual training product line at a leading training provider for Fortune 50/500 companies. In 2006, Nick led the design and development of the award winning Future Soldier Training System (FSTS) used by the U.S. Army.
AARON E. SILVERS (ORGANIZER)
Aaron E. Silvers (@aaronesilvers) is a designer, technologist and strategist. He’s helped learning technologies like SCORM and the Experience API (xAPI) find massive adoption. Through his consultancy, MakingBetter, Aaron helps organizations make full use of xAPI. He is the co-founder and co-organizer of the seminal community, “Up to All of Us.” Aaron leads the IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee charged with standardizing xAPI. Aaron’s latest project is organizing a new industry consortium called Connections Forum. It will steward xAPI, its associated specifications and practices with IEEE.
How will we spend the day?
|08:30am||xAPI Camp Opens|
|10:30am||Small Group Breakouts|
|12:00pm||LunchnxAPI, CMI-5, ADL & IEEE Updates|
|02:00pm||Small Group Breakouts|
|03:30pm||Questions & Answers|
|04:00pm||Closing Remarks | Networking|
|05:00pm||xAPI Camp Closes|
Why should you come?
CASE STUDIES THAT INSPIRE AND MAKE SENSE
You’ll leave with answers to “How can xAPI help me?” We curated examples from what we’ve seen of real-world applications of xAPI. The tough challenges shared in this one-day camp will inspire your own entrepreneurial thinking. You’ll learn about what organizations build and buy that tap into the potential of xAPI.
IDEAS THAT TACKLE YOUR TOUGHEST CHALLENGES
Speakers, facilitators and peers will help with your learning or performance challenges. Connections Forum events are different from other conferences. Though sponsored by industry experts, there aren’t sales pitches or booths. Between presentations packed with great ideas, you’ll work in a small group to get answers and start smart.
SOLUTIONS YOU CAN PLAY WITH
No matter what challenges you bring to camp, you’ll go back to the office knowing xAPI solutions that can make an impact. Everyone’s bringing projects they’re working on. Many will share the solutions they’ve come up with: things you can build or buy. Just like you, everyone will tell the truth of what problems they’re solving, and what it takes to make a change.
COMMUNITY THAT KEEPS YOU CONNECTED
We’re all new at this, so learning doesn’t end when the day is over. The Connections Forum is a community of developing practice. You’ll be able to keep in touch with the people you meet. Through the online community, you can share what you’re learning with peers. As you learn from experience, you can give back to the community by sharing your insights. We can help each other make a difference in our work.
Who’s making this possible?