Margaret Roth By Margaret Roth • October 8, 2018

The xAPI Insider's Guide to DevLearn 2018

Scrolling through this year’s DevLearn session list, the evolution of our rapidly changing industry is evident. Three things became abundantly clear as we started to put this list of can’t miss sessions together:

  • The learning ecosystem is here to stay, not a single session suggests an “LMS only” or “LMS first” approach. The learner experience has moved to priority #1! 
  • xAPI sessions have moved from “what you could do” to “let me show you what we’ve done.” If you’re going into DevLearn unconvinced, get ready to have doubts cleared and questions answered. 
  • People have done some super cool stuff this past year. There are so many awesome case study sessions that showcase the transformative power of data access and transparency in learning and development.

So for this year’s “xAPI Insider’s Guide to DevLearn,” we’ve taken a little bit different approach, more of a choose your own adventure. From the “101s” to the “how they did its,” you’ll find that we’ve mapped out the sessions in categories to consider when designing a data strategy that supports your learners today and prepares your organization for the technologies of tomorrow. Here we go!


  • xAPI: An Introduction for Instructional Designers — If you’re just getting into xAPI, Megan Torrance’s 101 session is your #1 must-attend. You’ll walk out with definitions, examples, and the ideas you need to start designing your own data transformation.
  • Getting Started with xAPI in Rapid Authoring Tools — Every xAPI convert has a moment when it all “clicked.” For many, it’s when they sent their first xAPI statement. Bill Milstid will get you started sending xAPI statements in Storyline, Captivate, and Lectora.
  • Powering Next-Gen Learning with VR and xAPI — See how organizations are using CenarioVR to create xAPI-powered VR learning experiences and learn how to make your own with Trivantis CTO John Blackmon, Mel Milloway, and yours truly.
  • Creating a Data-Driven L&D Team: An xAPI Case Study — Walk through an organization’s xAPI roadmap that helped them not only achieve early-wins on business objectives but helped them start building a modern, flexible, learner-centered ecosystem.

Learning Experience Design:

  • How to Effectively Write an eLearning RFP — Get the inside scoop from Nick Floro on creating RFPs that will provide the right kinds of information to get you the right solution on a real timeline, helping start projects off on the right foot.
  • Using Design Systems for Scalable, Accessible, Cohesive eLearning Experiences — Never run out of time again! Well almost. Learn how to develop design systems with Mel Milloway that save time through modular, reusable, shareable parts for custom solutions.
  • What Is Learning Engineering? — As L&D grows more technical, so does the need for engineering problem-solving approaches. Connect with the IEEE Industry Consortium on Learning Engineering to learn what learning engineering is and what it presents for L&D.

Case Studies:

  • How Are We Measuring Learning? — Learn how JetBlue University makes data and measurement the cornerstone of crew member training, while tightly integrating business objectives with their design and development processes.
  • Scaling Personalized Learning for 1 Million Users — That is a big project. That is awesome scale. That sounds like a can’t-miss session with a lot of lessons learned and a lot of strategies to be shared by the Amadeus learning leadership team.
  • My xAPI Year: An Implementation Story — This is going to be a very powerful session. Becky Goldberg and Marc Casavant worked tirelessly to bring xAPI to life at Travellers and now we’re all going to get to learn from their from their success!
  • Case Study: Workflow Learning at Sunrun — How do you make learning part of work? How do you make training day-to-day? Learn how the Sunrun’s instructional design team used a mobile-first solution to shift from traditional elearning to workflow learning.

VIP (Very Important Perspective) Sessions:

Future of Learning Ecosystems:

And a few other things not to forget — if you want to take an even deeper dive into xAPI, consider attending xAPI Camp the day before DevLearn officially kicks off, go to DemoFest and see first-hand projects implemented by over 30 different teams, keep an eye on all the sessions happening at xAPI Central, and come to visit the Yet Analytics team at Booth #118 on the Expo Floor, at one of our sessions, or schedule a meeting to dive into your own learning analytics, data strategy, or xAPI goals. Can’t wait to see you there!

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