Does xAPI mean the end of the resume?

xAPI technology makes this a likely possibility

We were absolutely tickled to check Twitter yesterday morning and find this article on Tech Crunch. 

The article makes the claim that with the rise of technology like xAPI, the traditional resume is on the path to extinction in favor of the Experience Graph. 


Because traditional resumes can only capture a fraction of your learning experiences.

An experience graph, on the other hand, collects and records all of a persons experiences, both formal and informal and paints a more complete picture about how that person learned and obtained different skills over the course of time.

A Hypothetical Example

For example take a look at this image. (It also appears in the Tech Crunch article). This is an example of all of the learning experiences that 'Lucy' has within the context of one topic.

It begins when she discovers something new, when she read a Tech Crunch article, to when she gets hired by the hypothetical company ConsenSys.

Look at that image again and ask yourself how many of these statements would appear on a resume? 

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If you answered 'One' then you're tracking with us. 

A resume is likely only going to show the fact that "Lucy got hired at ConsenSys". 

But it's leaving out 95% of what lead her to be hired! 

As the article points out the traditional resume omits, "...her curiosity, engagement with the developer community, and application of knowledge."

But one's Experience Graph, compiled through hundreds of xAPI statements displays all those learning experiences and more. Giving the employer complete view of their prospective new employee.  

xAPI application to K12 learners

The application of xAPI and experience graphs to K12 is an easy and logical next step.

If a marketing professional can use the entirety of her learning experiences to secure a promotion at her firm or a new position at a competing firm, then a senior in high school can use his experience graph from his educational experience to apply to the university of his choice. 

An experience graph in a K12 context would link a learners formal learning experiences (a physicial classroom or an LMS) to their informal learning experiences (i.e. interactions with friends, research, online and real-world activities etc). 

Or put another way, a K12 experience graph would reveal the connection between the skills a learner possesses and the learning path they took to acquire them.

At Thrivist, we are pioneering the use of xAPI and other technologies to change the way K12 learning data is collected and reported. We call it Learning Intelligence.

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Matt Phillip Senior Marketing Manager at Thrivist, LLC