3 ways xAPI will make you a hero

Use the xAPI or IMS Caliper specs to bring clarity to your schools

If you've been reading this blog, hung around our website or been digging into something called distributed learning then you're likely familiar with newer learning specifications like xAPI (Tin Can) and IMS Caliper. 

Acronyms with an 'x' in them and terms like 'learning specification' are not very approachable. So here's a one sentence summary:

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How to get started with Blended Learning: Part 5

Step 5: Data collection

The decision to adopt a new teaching approach is both exciting and angst inducing. Blended learning offers a new way to reach students, so it makes sense that districts want to harness it's potential. As school districts explore the possibilities of blended learning they are also faced with challanges and obstacles that must be acknowledged and planned for. If you are thinking about how to get started with blended learning, this 7 part blog series will explore the steps you should consider as you adopt this new methodology.

It's helpful to read these posts in order, so before continuing:

As stated in Part 4, selecting an LMS that meets the needs of your teachers and students is a critical step to successfully implementing blended learning. 

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The benefits of a learning record store

The benefits of an LRS are many. We'll spotlight six to whet your appetites. 

A Learning Record Store is (say it with us now) a place to store, sort and share all kinds of learning data. 

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What tools are working best in our classrooms?

Teachers are using a lot of tools to deliver instruction. It's time we made sense of it all using learning analytics. 

Technology has made it possible for institutions to deliver instruction in all kinds of ways. The data generated by these learning tools could provide profound insights to improve outcomes. 

This is particularly true for K-12 schools and districts. Thrivist is collecting vast amounts of data on what takes place throughout the learning experience -- both online and offline. This, in turn, can give us a rounder idea of how each individual learner can be better served. 

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The Early adopters of learning analytics

 

 Business and higher education are using big data tactics to improve outcomes. Can K-12 leverage Learning Analytics to do the same?

The new class of software that perfectly compliments an LMS called a Learning Record Stores (LRS) is starting to take hold in the business and higher ed spheres. Why? Because an LRS is a learning data warehouse of sorts that let's us employ cutting edge learning analytics to inform everything from learner profiles to new learning models.

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