Measuring learning and demonstrating its impact on business outcomes is one of the biggest challenges of modern teaching and learning. Some aspects of learning are easy to measure, like information retention – but others, like content engagement, learning preferences, and collaboration, have traditionally been very difficult to measure accurately and collect at scale.
Fortunately for today’s L&D teams, new data tools exist to help you get access to not only summative assessment data but ongoing formative, experience-based data. The Experience API, also known as xAPI, is an open data specification for granular, in-the-moment data collection across learning tools. The extra good news for you as a Moodle user is that your LMS can already producexAPIdata, with the help of a readily available plugin or two. The ability to launch xAPI activities can be enabled in your Moodle site via the freexAPI Launch Linkplugin and the ability to produce xAPI statements from across learning activities can be done via the freexAPI Logstoreplugin.
You probably already use data from your LMS – but xAPI can provide a new level of detail, allowing for different kinds of measurement and analysis. xAPI also lets you collect data from multiple systems, not just your LMS, so you can run metrics and analysis to quantify the impact of all your learning tools. xAPI data, formatted as experience statements, is collected and stored in a specialized system called a Learning Record Store, or an LRS.Yet’s xAPI-powered LRS also provides visualizations and analytics tools to help you discover meaningful patterns in your learning data and measure the impact of your learning programs.