Why Instructional Designers Need to Understand xAPI

November 23, 2022
3 minutes
Aaron Silvers joined #IDIODC

You may not know Aaron Silvers, but around here we affectionately refer to him as the OG of xAPI. He has been driving a driving force since its inception. Even in the beginning, back in the Tin Can days, Aaron worked tirelessly promoting the benefits for our community of instructional designers and L&D professionals.

We talked with Aaron about the early days of xAPI and why it was necessary to create it in a world dominated by SCORM. And while SCORM will likely never go away, xAPI is finally delivering on the promise of flexible and specific data analytics for learning professionals. We can do so much more than track completions, and butts in seats.  

It's a great honor to have Aaron back with us on IDIODC and I hope you'll join us, and invite your entire team to meet, and learn from, this L&D Legend!

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About Aaron Silvers

Aaron E. Silvers helps teams achieve real-world outcomes with analytics strategies for high compliance, high accountability concerns. A common theme throughout his 20+ year career is an optimistic embrace of talent, emerging technology, and entrepreneurialism that charts learning & development paths towards measurable outcomes that scale.


Instructional Designers in Offices Drinking Coffee (Affectionately known as IDIODC) is a weekly live videocast and podcast that helps instructional designers with pain points and provides best practices and industry insight.  

Every Wednesday morning at 10am ET hosts Brent Schlenker and Chris Van Wingerden guide us through an upbeat and candid conversation with their guests from the eLearning and training world. The live cast session encourages peers to participate in the chat and share their own personal insight! After airing live, you can catch the learning podcast on all major streams such as Spotify, Apple, and Google Play podcasts, as well as on YouTube.

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