Cracking The Mobile Learning Code: xAPI And cmi5

by Obsidian Learning and RISC, Inc.

A white paper by Obsidian Learning, “Cracking the Mobile Learning Code: xAPI and cmi5”, co-authored with Art Werkenthin of RISC, Inc., discusses how mobile technologies can support both formal and informal learning in instructor-led training (ILT), web-based training (WBT), blended learning experiences, and on-the-job performance support. It also addresses global trends in mobile technology use, and presents examples of novel applications of mobile learning. Finally, it provides a technical overview of xAPI and cmi5 and examines how these technologies can be used to capture the entire spectrum of learning, from formal to informal.

Key Chapters

  1. Mobile Technology

    Rise in Technology Use 4Changing Social and Professional Expectations
    Mobile Technology and Learning
    Mobile: A Piece of the Distributed Learning Puzzle
    Learning Context vs. Work Context

  2. Supporting Formal and Informal Learning

    Formal Learning
    Informal Learning

  3. Mobile Technologies for Learning

    Mobile Learning Framework
    Examples of Mobile Learning Experiences
    Microlearning
    Learning Video
    Social Networking Technologies
    Other Mobile Learning Experiences
    Mobile Learning Development Tools

  4. Tracking Mobile Learning: xAPI and cmi5

    Overview of SCORM
    Is xAPI the “New SCORM”?
    A More Structured xAPI
    What is cmi5?
    cmi5 Goals
    Sample cmi5 Rule
    Benefits of cmi5

  5. Case Studies: xAPI in Action

    Case Study One: PDF Annotation in the Cloud
    Research
    RISC’s Solution: The PDF Annotator Application
    Integration with the VTA LMS
    Future Plans

  6. Case Study Two: Video/Microlearning

    Obsidian’s Solution
    xAPI Statements
    Items Tracked in the LRS

As mobile technologies have become more integrated into our daily lives, the lines between formal and informal learning have begun to blur. While it has always been true that human beings are (or can be) learning in every waking moment (either formally or informally), mobile technologies that use xAPI and cmi5 have heightened the possibilities for tracking and measuring the full range of learning.

Mobile Technologies do make your life easier when it comes to both formal and informal learning in instructor-led training (ILT), web-based training (WBT), blended learning experiences, and on-the-job performance support. Download this white paper to figure out how these Mobile Technologies can be implemented in order to support and boost every kind of learning.

Christopher Pappas

Christopher Pappas
Founder of The eLearning Industry's Network