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The DoD Empowers Adoption of Experience API (xAPI) With New Policy

Posted by Christy Puller on Oct 17, 2017 10:00:00 AM

(Orlando, FL) - On October 5th, 2017 the official document, DOD INSTRUCTION 1322.26, was released from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness that, among other things, “authorizes the recording, analysis, portability, and management of learning experience data.”  This “learning experience data” references the Experience API (xAPI) specificification. In essence, this official document mandates the usage of xAPI within the Department of Defense.

Riptide is excited that this news will extend throughout the DoD, and most likely into other government areas and commercial in the coming future. This trend was seen with SCORM years ago and appears to be happening now with xAPI. The SCORM document being referenced can be found here: https://www.adlnet.gov/public/uploads/132226p.pdf. Riptide’s Storepoints Learning Record Store (LRS) has been used within the DoD for years and is fully xAPI-conformant, can be portable or cloud-based, and has the security measures in-place that the DoD needs.

Some key areas highlighting this news are:

“SECTION 3: IMPLEMENTING DOD DL POLICY

To implement DoD policy affecting DL, the DoD Components will:

...c. Record, analyze, measure, manage, and, as appropriate, exchange learning experience data among themselves. They also:

(1) Measure and evaluate learner performance.

(2) Implement the Experience Application Programming Interface (xAPI) and associated Learning Record Store capabilities, as practical, to enhance learning data security and interoperability.”

And:

SECTION 4: IMPLEMENTING DL TECHNOLOGY, STANDARDS, AND SPECIFICATIONS

The ADL Initiative is the principal steward for researching and facilitating the implementation of DL standards, specifications, and emerging technologies for DoD Components.

...b. In addition to adopting existing Defense Information Standards Registry specifications and standards pursuant to DoDI 8320.07, the DoD Components should:

...(2) Implement the xAPI specification to enable interoperable experience or performance tracking capabilities, learning analytics, or data integration with multiple applications or systems. Future guidelines and updates pertaining to xAPI implementation in the DoD will be provided on the xAPI Reference Website at https://adlnet.gov/dodi/xapi.”


These sections and more can be found on the official document here:

http://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodi/132226_dodi_2017.pdf?ver=2017-10-05-073235-400

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Topics: press release

Written by Christy Puller