Using xAPI to Collect Data on Learning Programs

Have you ever wished you could get more data from your elearning than just who logged in, who completed a course and whether someone passed or failed?

Using xAPI with any digital learning program – whether an elearning module, a video, a digital form or checklist – can help you capture all sorts of data about your learning program and about your learners. What are people typing into an open text field? Are people using the “help” or “need a hint” feature?

Earlier this month, I had a chance to talk with Megan Torrance and Matt Kliewer from Torrance Learning and who specialize on building learning programs with xAPI. As part of this conversation, I also wanted to speak with someone who uses xAPI with their learners. Wendy Morgan, Senior Learning Strategist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill has engaged Torrance Learning in building out learning programs equipped with xAPI. In today’s podcast, Wendy shares her experiences – from a user perspective – of why she wanted to integrate xAPI into her programs and the value it brings to her, her organizations and her learners.

Give the podcast a listen to hear more about xAPI from both a developer and an end-user perspective. Stay for a crazy competitive game of Kahoot to close out the conversation!

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Training and Professional Development is a Social Mission

I’ve worked in the nonprofit space for much of my career. Years ago when I wanted to make a transition into the world of corporate training for a big company, the interviewer looked at my resume and asked: Would you even be comfortable working here? You seem to have a job history of working for more… well… “do-good” types of organizations. Be honest, how would you feel about working for an organization whose focus, at the end of the day, is making money for shareholders?

In my interview prep, I had been so focused on making sure I could talk about my L&D prowess that I hadn’t thought much about how to answer this kind of question. And I think it’s a fair question to ask, because a hiring manager doesn’t want to bring someone on board who might struggle to give 100% since the mission of the organization isn’t to save the world in some way, shape or form.

In today’s podcast, I talk about how this interview question made me re-think what exactly we do in learning and development roles.

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Matching Training Media and Delivery Format to Organizational Need

Last week I talked a bit about the importance of determining the intent of your learning needs (ie: do you just need to make people aware of something, do you need to help build skills, do you just need to remind people of something).

Today, I offer some specific ideas for how to match those learning needs with some different types of ways to deliver the learning. Not everything needs to be a course… although sometimes it really should be a course.

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Lessons from TechLearn 2022

Training Magazine’s TechLearn conference took place several weeks ago in Austin, TX. Different from a typical training and technology conference, this one was smaller (with participants in the hundreds, not thousands) and offered some different structure (including a “test kitchen”).

Recently I had a chance to speak with Kristin Torrence, Head of Learning Engineering at Talespin, and Betty Dannewitz, chief question answerer from ifyouaskbetty, about the lessons they’re taking away from TechLearn.

If you’re planning to head to a conference before the end of the year, you might be interested to hear more about how they prepare for a conference, and how they plan to get the most of our their conference experiences.

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The Challenges of Creating a Wordle in Storyline

Wordle has captured the minds of many, with a simple, yet challenging concept.  Guess a word through trial and error, hints along the way, and a little bit of luck. When our team was brainstorming ways to prepare learners to engage in a new topic, we decided to use a Wordle-type puzzle as an anchor activity with a little bit of a twist. Paired with a hint about the word, the learner is challenged to think about the upcoming content while also being presented with an intriguing problem.

If you’re into Wordle, or if you simply want to see what it is that I’m writing about, then take a few moments to play our little Storyline-based version of the Wordle (read on to find out why you shouldn’t open it on your phone). What follows is how we created it and some of the challenges we had to address.

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4 Things to Consider Before Translating Your eLearning for a Global Audience

As Instructional Designers we are always looking for creative ways to engage learners and teach content within a training. One of our (the team at Endurance Learning’s) proud moments of brilliance came in the form of a crossword puzzle. The idea: Define a few concepts and then assess the learner by having them complete a crossword puzzle to see if they can match the term to the definition.

It was super cool!

Until the client told us they needed it translated into Spanish.

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An Easy Form of Low-cost, Immediately Applicable Team Development

A few weeks ago, a former colleague emailed me this note:

Today I introduced your book to my ID team at work and will be running through the exercises to define how we can advance the company’s training modalities.  Just want to say thank you for creating this valuable resource and for building an intuitive website that centralizes various resources along with the related podcast episodes. 

This has been helpful for some of our trainers who are really the department SMEs and for our instructional designers who are learning to incorporate different training elements in their projects.  Your book is a definite win for the team!

While I’m always happy to receive positive feedback from someone who has read my book, I was curious to hear a little more about her team book club, how they went about organizing it, and what specifically had changed. Last week I had an opportunity to get some answers from Dustin Cole, Carlos Merlo and Jessica Bailey, all people who are responsible for training at Unifi.

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5 Ways that isEazy Makes Content Development, well, Easy!

There are lots of articles out there about elearning development that suggest “you should do _____” or “it’s so simple to _____”. While maybe you should do whatever the article is talking about, and maybe it is simple for the author, sometimes it’s not so easy for the reader.

In today’s post, my colleagues Hannah Radant and Lindsay Garcia go beyond the “you should’s” and “it’s so easy’s”, and just point you in the direction of an actual tool that can really make things simple for you. If you need to develop a self-guided, asynchronous elearning module, Hannah and Lindsay offer you five good reasons that isEazy is a tool you’ll want to check out. You may have heard of Articulate’s Rise authoring tool. isEazy is similar in the way you can quickly develop slick-looking elearning modules, and it seems to offer more templated layouts than you’ll find in Rise.

Don’t get us wrong, we love Articulate products like Rise, but for those who are searching for a tool or an alternative, isEazy is a pretty nice option.

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My Top 10 Tools for Learning

Every year since 2007, Jane Hart has conducted a survey of L&D professionals from across industries and working around the world in order to find out what are the most popular, most helpful, most used tools for learning. In today’s podcast I share my top 10 tools list, and I also share how you can make sure your voice is heard in this, the 16th annual survey (but hurry because voting closes on Thursday, August 25!!).

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