Project Management, Social Media and Learning Management System Designed for Experience (Beta Project)

About: This is a Project Management, Social Media, Learning Record Store, and Learning Management System Designed by Randy Stewart Miller as a beta project to test various aspects of xAPI in a real world environment using software, hardware and databases. Randy has 15 years experience as an Instructional Systems Designer in Defense, Oil and Gas and Real Estate. xAPILMS is currently in beta and has been under development for 5 years. What makes it different is reliance on xAPI (Experience API) which depends on a fully functional vocabulary server that not only tracks online events (such as social media login, quiz results, and so forth, but the ability to be imbedded and record experience on the ground (or in the air, sea, etc.) by training managers. Thousands of activities are recorded as JSON Statements to an LRS (Learning Record Store) and can be queried by management and learning analysts and presented in Business Intelligence (AI based) dashboards exclusive to your organization through encryption.

What is xAPI? xAPI (Experience API) is a JSON based system of capturing information to answer the age old question everyone wants to know? Who did what, where, when and why.

Why is this important? The truth is that people learn by doing. People watch hundreds of videos, they learn on the job, they learn in the classroom, they learn in field exercises, through conferences and seminars, and through eLearning modules. xAPI is designed to capture much of this learning and add the power of Artificial Business Intelligence to the total picture through visualization. Dashboards can be created to account for thousands more data points than traditional SCORM based Learning Management Systems. A course that is properly designed, and more importantly, a Training Division, that utilizes xAPI to send statements to an LRS, can better understand who did what, where, when and why? These questions about your life in the organization are usually more important than passing a quiz. Pulling information out of the LRS is key to understanding the total person, the total organizational knowledge base, and the total KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) for your business or organization. Would you like to know that a person can learn the basics of marksmanship in the classroom, but prove it at the range? xAPI can record it all from the moment the participant stepped into the classroom (virtual or physical) and then what happened at the range a week later? Was it cloudy that day? Was it raining? Did participants shoot better one day than another one? You can’t find that on quiz results but you can find it in the LRS.

Is it cloud based or is it organizational server based? It is actually both. The system is built on two servers: activeStream™ and activeView™. This integrated system is configured for each client. Which means each client leases the entire system (hardware, software, advisement and cloud) . One is a web sever and the other is a MongoDB® database which is a JSON based noSQL repository that is designed to handle large amounts of user or object centric data without weighing down the system with a schema. We create the schemas we want later within our AI supported Business Visualization tools. The systems talk to each other daily sending and retrieving data as the dashboards require to develop the business picture desired. The system consists of a totally private and encrypted stack of software and hardware throughout. The hardware is based on the concept of Edge Computing. Which means all data is closest to the consumer of the data. This is especially important when the organization is storing, accessing and manipulating media assets like audio, video, and Captivate and Articulate content. All of these systems working seamlessly together is your learningEdge™ and the opportunity to store, transfer and visualize knowledge in real time for everyone in your organization.

Is this a disruptive business? In a way it is. xAPI has been around for years and has largely only been adopted by the US Department of Defense. It has had many hurdles to cross as legacy Learning Management Systems have largely concentrated on the few things that SCORM could do. Furthermore, handling the data that can actually be provided requires Dashboard development and Data Management Skills which is something that most Instructional Designers don’t have. AI based software changes that aspect. In addition, Instructional Designers have to be trained on how to use xAPI to create business strategies and further their own personal development. xAPI is a game changer much like Blockchain but it takes strategy. xPILMS™ addresses all of these concerns in an elegant and easy to use format. PhP does most of the heavy lifting for the system itself. But data and knowledge is only as good as the strategy to use it and that requires an organizational approach. xAPILMS™ has 4 components (Project Manager, Social Community, LMS and Dashboards) that follows real world business practices. It is designed around the actual roles that most industries employ. Directors, Program Managers, Functional Area Managers and Advisors, Subject Matter Experts, Instructional Designers/Project Managers, Social Media and Communications Managers (think Community of Practice) and the community itself. Each team member is granted access to the system based on their role.

What is a vocabulary server? A vocabulary server is like an xAPI dictionary that instructional designers, and analysts can use to understand both what is in the LRS and what to put there to create the information database that supports the mission requirements. It is meant to minimize re-inventing the wheel. xAPILMS has its own vocabulary that is somewhat redundant with ADL and DOD and other private servers. But you know what? Servers go offline sometimes, and there is nothing wrong with using other organization’s vocabulary. Just because the DOD has many verbs doesn’t mean that the FBI or a private company can not use the same verbs. It is intended to work that way. xAPI statements in the LRS look like this.