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eLearning, xAPI and Data Driven Design

As I delve more in to the world of xAPI and gain a higher level of understand as well as it’s full potential, Data Driven Learning Design, based on Data Driven Body Language has crept into many of my searches. This is a concept conceived by Lori Niles-Hofmann and to me, makes absolute perfect sense, especially when you look at the experiences that xAPI is capturing. Having started my learning journey in the classroom as a facilitator, you’ve a direct in site into what it is your students are doing and how they are reacting. You can easily identify the ones that are struggling to grasp a concept purely from their body language. Now flip that to an online environment. Enter the Digital Body Language. Lori has produced an awesome eBook that I’ve mentioned here as well as many tweets. More recently, as the CFO of Fuse, Lori has released a short video on the The Importance of Data Driven Learning Design. It’s just under 4 minutes long, so take a break from what you’re doling perhaps grab a coffee and check it out.  

Connecting Marzipano to xAPI – Part One

Having written a couple of articles on Marzipano that continue to gain attention in Google searches including Marzipano 360 how to change hotspot properties and styles, Marking up 360 images making WHS more engaging and How to use 360 images with Marzipano and Insta360 I wanted to take things to the next level in eLearning and find out what it is the user is doing. I’m currently involved in the xAPIChort and had also read an article Mel Milloway on incorporating xAPI into 360 images. This got me thinking as to how it can be setup in Marzipano and feed xAPI Statements back to an LRS. Prior warning here, you’ll need to know a little bit about JavaScript as you need to modify the resulting JavaScript file that is made from the package, but if you follow this tutorial, you may work it out! I used the Marzipano tool to generate a multi page interactive VR of the MONA Museum located in Hobart Tasmania back in 2016. I’m going to use this small project as a base for incorporating xAPI. This is part one, introducing you to the concepts and capturing an Info Hotspot. The follow up parts will look at capturing more info and passing to the Learning Record Store (LRS). 1. Setting Up the Project Files The first thing you need to do is expand the Marzipano package to a folder, you’ll end up with a folder structure similar to the image below: You will also need to download an xAPI wrapper. This is the library that will do […]

Data Driven Learning Design

Recently I came across a fantastic eBook on Data Driven Learning Design by Lori -Niles-Hofmann [twitter] that you should really have a read of if you do any form of Learning and Development. Whilst reading the eBook, the first thing that struck me was that I’d not heard of Digital Body Language, and it just made perfect sense to me and I had to know more. Although I’m now in corporate learning and development, the following resonated with me when I was teaching adult learners a few years ago: Today’s learners are accessing digital content hundreds, if not thousands, of times a day, resulting in extremely fickle attention spans. In contrast to a classroom environment, learners can, and WILL, close the browser and open Facebook if not interested in the content.   Seriously, go and download the eBook, grab a coffee and have a read, you might be surprised!