A Beginners Journey into xAPI and eLearning Games

March 3, 2021
5 minutes
March 3rd A beginners journey into Xapi and Elearning Games

Jumping into xAPI for the first time can seem daunting. Almost as daunting as learning to become an eLearning game designer.  

As luck would have it, we've found an eLearning game designer who recently took the plunge into the wonderful world of xAPI and used his knowledge of game design and blend the two as a learning opportunity.

Jeffrey Riley is one of the hundreds of xAPI cohort attendees who decided to no longer lurk and learn, but to jump in with both feet and learn about xAPI by creating a project that connected with his love of game design. He learned all about the xAPI standard, and how to write statements without knowing any code at all. And going through the process he learned more about how to use an LRS and connect it to his LMS. And learning about the data analysis was an added bonus.

Whether you're new to xAPI, eLearning game design, or both, you'll find this episode to be a fascinating look into a beginner’s journey through the learning curve of xAPI

This session chat was filled with great comments and here’s a few:

“Joining the [Torrance Learning xAPI] cohort really helped shape my profDev and learning more about API - even taking a few programming classes. Very thankful for being a part of that group.” - Wendy P.

“We're so fortunate to have an ID on our team who loves code and is great at it.” - Kim W.

As part of the session Jeffrey also shared a list of resources he found helpful as he set about learning xAPI, and he's provided it here for you to download.

dominKnow has been a strong supporter of xAPI since the beginning days of the standard and we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for authors to send xAPI statements, no coding required. Almost all the things a learner can do in a course or other learning project are already set up in dominKnow | ONE to send xAPI statements – authors just choose which types of statements they want to track. Plus, we have a no-code interface for creating your own custom xAPI statements.  

To see all the comments from the chat, check out the full session right here.  

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About Jeffrey Riley

Jeffrey Riley has over 30 years’ experience in the learning industry as an educator and in the business world. He has worked with businesses in several industries including insurance, retail, financial services, city government, and construction. Jeffrey worked with the Construction Financial Managers Associate to create a board game for the financial managers to play at their annual conference. The game was so successful that it is still played at regional meetings. This year, Jeffrey is presenting at GamiCon21 and Rutgers OnLine Conference.

Currently, Jeffrey is a Gamification Master Craftsman with Sententia Games and the owner of Practical Learning Concepts consulting with businesses to implement eLearning, and gamification. He is consulting with Dr. Ray Jimenez with online workshops in Workflow Learning.

Along with his professional work, Jeffrey is the VP Technology for the MID NJ ATD Chapter in New Jersey and heads up the Technology Showcase for the Chapter.


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