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xAPI Gaining Traction: An interview with Megan Torrance

Megan Torrance, of TorranceLearning, had a strong presence on the exhibit floor and various sessions this year at DevLearn 2015. This interview was conducted to give readers a sense of what DevLearn was like from Megan’s perspective. You can also take a look at Dr. Aleckson and Dr. Hicken’s general take on DevLearn here.

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Megan brings over a decade of business consulting and project management experience to her instructional design and development work. She works with clients to create custom online, live and blended learning solutions that meet specific needs, quickly and cost effectively. In this way, learners quickly grasp the important things they need to know through meaningful learning experiences that build on current knowledge and directly impact performance. Her work is based on 18 years of experience building better processes, implementing changes, and providing opportunities for employees to learn. Through TorranceLearning, she works with clients to design and deliver custom online, live and blended learning solutions that meet specific needs, quickly and cost-effectively. They focus on helping employees to learn the important things they need to know through meaningful learning experiences that build on current knowledge and directly impact performance.

Megan began by expressing her general feeling about the conference.

One of the things Dr. Aleckson noticed in the exhibit hall was there seemed to be less Learning Management System software companies exhibiting, more content development companies, a solid presence of LRS vendors, and Megan agreed.

Megan led a session with Rob Houck from LearnShare on the Learning Record Store and the XAPI. We asked her to tell us more about her session experience.

When it comes to the Learning Record Store and the kind of report search, we were interested in knowing what the human resource department or those in charge of making sure that the employees are doing professional development care about in terms of a report.

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Image Source: Foreman, S. The xAPI and the LMS: What does the future hold? Learning Solutions Magazine. 

It is exciting times for instructional designers because of XAPI and there is an increased role for those that are involved in e-learning and designing e-learning. Megan shares an example from the pilot project that shows how the xAPI and the Learning Record Store is utilized for flight attendants.

We wanted to know Megan’s general impression in terms of how the traditional corporate Learning Management System companies view the xAPI and the LRS.  

In terms of educating an eLearning staff on xAPI, there are an abundance of opportunities for instructional designers to learn from various resources and events. There is a series called the XAPI camp, which is a great way to get exposed to how the xAPI works. There are also specific Learning xAPI MOOCs and an xAPI quarterly.

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