System FAQ

Who owns the data that goes into courseware, community of practice, and all the knowledge that is created over time and stored on the system? Your organization and users own their own data. Users can also request copies of what they do in a system such as this (as long as it is not proprietary to your organization). The user will also have to agree to the massive amount of data that is collected from them as they interact with the system as per various laws and organizational regulations.

Isn’t this whole thing Big Brother? 1984? Social Media gone to the dark side? Its true that the system is designed to collect a lot of data on the user. Organizations will set their own rules as the organization pays the bills and determines codes of conduct of what is acceptable and what is not. It is organizational based social media, project management and learning. It is not designed, at least as specified here, as a Consumer facing system. Although not everything in an organization is proprietary. If that were the case, then nobody would have a resume even about their life’s work. The laws and rules of the road are still being invented and in some cases they are controlled by legal bounds. The EU, for example, has a lot of regulations to protect individual privacy and there is a lot of tension in the population about personal data, censorship, and who own’s what. User agreements will be forthcoming per organizational requirements. Again, xAPILMS is not a public facing system and the user agreement will outline what data is collected and why.

Is this website collecting data on me right now? Not yet. No data is being collected and the entire system currently has no users as it is in beta. That includes the public facing part of this website. No data is being collected or stored in any form that would impact privacy. The Demo site, which is fully functional, has fictional actors for development and training purposes. Data collected at demo.xapilms.com is on fictional personas logged into the system to demonstrate how the system works.

What about cookies? This website xapilms.com may store cookies on your computer as per the way modern websites work. You can clear your browser cache (history) to get rid of these harmless effects.

What’s in it for me? Simple. Adoption. Mass understanding, and adoption of xAPI by Instructional Designers around the globe will become the norm. You can use our verbs and other vocabulary elements (activities and exensions) that we create along the road just like other verbs that are URI based from ADL (Advanced Distributed Learning) and DOD (“US” Department of Defense). As a side note, xAPILMS Vocab URI Server has taken all “DOD” verbs and converted them to “Defense” verbs for a global solution. xAPI was originally intended to be a global system it is just that the DOD has put the most interest into it so naturally they have come up with the most verbs to date.

Without competition, legacy LMS makers (that charge thousands of dollars for the same-old same-old eLearning Course execution based on SCORM-you know their names) will never change. Well, its time for a change. We are not talking about your mom’s eLearning-we-all-have-to-do-it page turner here. We are talking about changing the game of what Training and Development means over the entire spectrum of learning.

The more you know; the better quality of education and training will happen in organizations everywhere.

Don’t you think your training record would be more complete if you went to the rifle range, for example, and on that day it was raining, and the wind was blowing your rounds off target, as compared to your buddy who went to the range and it was a beautiful Spring day, and this type of information was recorded?

Yes; experience matters and it should be documented! xAPI can also document not only a verb (what you did) but other information related to the activity and the environment. Training managers could ascertain from all this data that more training should actually be done in the rain (some trainees “have it made”), or for consistency, everyone should go to the range under optimal conditions.

It is not just about a training record, its also about being fair to learners and management, and the data will help managers truly understand their capability to reduce risk and see over the horizon. That is the hope of Big Data and that is why the DOD has an interest in xAPI and you should too and depending on what can be released by your organization, users will no longer have resumes, they will have dashboards that they can take with them wherever their life’s journey takes them.

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