Category Archives: xapi

Precision Education – does one size fit all?

We came across some neat capabilities yesterday, while working on ways to integrate educational tools and functions from multiple different applications. We were able to combine functionality from OpenLabyrinth, WordPress, GrassBlade and some HTML5 applets from, into a neat little cohesive scenario.


Check out this Precision Education page and embedded applets

What may not be all that apparent from that page, because the pieces fit together reasonably seamlessly, is that the various functions shown could not be produced by any one of the educational applications alone. Each application was used in a blended manner but for the learner, is a single experience.

In the background, we are working on being able to track all the activities performed, using the Experience API from ADL, which will send xAPI statements to GrassBlade, our Learning Record Store.

Medbiquitous announces new Learning Experience group

Mebiquitous “is a not-for-profit, international group of professional associations, universities, commercial, and governmental organizations seeking to develop and promote technology standards for the health professions that advance lifelong learning, continuous improvement, and better patient outcomes.”

These guys do great work that underpins many collaborative initiatives in healthcare. The University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine is a proud and active member.

On 20 Jan 2016, Medbiq announced a new working group, the Learning Experience group.

“Education analytics offers an opportunity to better track learner educational activities and to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the healthcare workforce as well as factors associated with higher performance…

…The new Learning Experience Working Group will develop a set of Experience API (xAPI) profiles to provide guidance around collecting data on specific types of healthcare learning activities. The scope includes simulations (Virtual patients, mannekin-based simulations, preceptor-reviewed simulations, virtual worlds/games, Standardized Patients, etc) and clinical training activities and experiences.”

Members of the OpenLabyrinth Development Consortium are actively involved in this initiative and in Medbiquitous.

And just a quick heads up, the Medbiquitous Annual Conference is coming up: May 16-17, 2016 in Baltimore. A very innovative and collaborative group – come join us.