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Ask a Trainer Video: xAPI

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Although I’ve been working in the e-learning industry for well over 10 years, I never try to pretend that I know everything. In fact, I’ve always been forthcoming about my blind spots. For example, I wouldn’t know the first thing about editing JavaScript—or any code for that matter! And that’s okay. What makes our industry special, is that you don’t need to be an expert on everything.

Another one of my blindspots happens to be xAPI. While I understand what it is conceptually, I’d be lost if someone asked me to write an xAPI statement. And I don’t even know what that means! I think I heard someone say that once at a conference! :)

For this month’s Ask a Trainer episode, I couldn’t think of anyone better than Megan Torrance to help me tackle your questions about all things xAPI. Enjoy!

Ask a Trainer Answers Your Questions About xAPI
In this Ask a Trainer video, Tim Slade and Megan Torrance answer questions about xAPI.
In this video, Tim Slade and Megan Torrance answer questions about xAPI.Questions answered in this video:-“How would you explain xAPI to a five-year-old?” (3:32)-“What are some examples of how xAPI data can improve the learner experience?” (10:49)-“What’s the most demanding task when implementing xAPI statements in order to identify performance gaps?” (21:12)-“What’s an easy way for someone to get started with xAPI?” (25:39)-“When does it not make sense to use xAPI?” (29:06)Connect with Tim Slade:- Website: LinkedIn: Twitter: with Megan Torrance: - Website: xAPI Cohort: LinkedIn: Twitter: in submitting a question for a future video? Each month, we’ll solicit your questions on LinkedIn and Twitter around a common topic. You can submit your questions by posting on LinkedIn or Twitter with the #ATDAskATrainer hashtag. Check out the complete ATD Ask a Trainer advice column at
What other tips do you have about xAPI? Share them by commenting below!

Do you have a learning question you’d like me to tackle? You can email them to [email protected]. Also, make sure to visit the Ask a Trainer Hub to check out your questions and my answers!

About the Author

Tim Slade is a speaker, author, award-winning
e-learning designer, and author of The eLearning
Designer’s Handbook.

About the Author

Megan Torrance is the chief energy officer of TorranceLearning, an e-learning design and development firm outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has spent over two decades knee-deep in projects involving change management, instructional design, consulting, and systems deployment. Megan thrives on design excellence and elegant project management. And coffee. She and the TorranceLearning team have developed the LLAMA project management approach, blending Agile with excellent instructional design techniques. TorranceLearning projects have won IELA and Brandon Hall awards, and the 2014 xAPI Hyperdrive contest at DevLearn.

Publications include “A Quick Guide to LLAMA: Agile Project Management for Learning,” and “Agile and LLAMA for ISD Project Management,” a TD at Work. Megan has written for TD magazine several times, including the article, “What Is xAPI?” in the February 2016 issue. 

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