Learning Analytics Webinar: The State of xAPI and IMSGlobal Caliper

Apereo webinar examining two critical standards in learning analytics space - xAPI, and IMSGlobal Caliper. The presenters are Aaron Silver, from DISC, the organisation tasked with xAPI interoperability and conformance (http://datainteroperability.org/ ), and Anthony Whyte of the University of Michigan, who has been centrally involved in recent IMS Caliper developments.

The drive to deliver education at scale coupled with a demand for accountability backed by measurability has spurred the application of “big data” principles to the business of education.  Opportunities to tap new data sources have grown as both the learning technology ecosystem has expanded and the definition of what constitutes learning has evolved beyond the formal classroom experience to include informal, social and experiential modes of acquiring knowledge and skills.  The challenges implicit | inherent in describing, collecting and exchanging learner activity data originating from such diverse sources are formidable.  In response, two learning technology specifications, ADL’s xAPI and IMS Global’s Caliper Analytics, now offer standardized approaches that aim to address the data and semantic interoperability issues inherent in the blending | sharing of learning data between systems.  For both communities, early work has focused on developing a RESTful architecture for mediating machine-to-machine data exchange and grappling with the challenge of defining an information model and controlled vocabularies that leverage semantic web principles and practices.

The views presented in this webinar are the presenters own.

Video and audio via the Apereo YouTube channel is here

A PDF of the slides is available here.