In 2016, the ADL Initiative accelerated research and development efforts related to xAPI conformance testing. The first phase of work resulted in the community-driven Conformance Requirements for Learning Record Stores (LRS) and the corresponding LRS Test Suite. The next phase of work will focus on formalizing xAPI’s approach to Profiles. As with the community development of the Conformance Requirements document, this major effort is sponsored by the ADL Initiative and facilitated by the Data Interoperability Standards Consortium (DISC).
During the course of DISC’s engagement with xAPI’s community of developers, practitioners and stakeholders, it became clear that addressing Profiles is a higher priority for the community than the work on professional certification requirements research, which DISC was slated to begin. A formal, specified approach to creating, distributing and curating profiles will have material impact on any professional certification program. As an LRS functional certification is slated to begin in 2017, as is the USDoDI, establishing a repeatable, scalable approach to xAPI Profiles best supports semantic interoperability – the ultimate promise of xAPI.
Starting April 3 through July 11, DISC will hold Profile Working Group meetings on Tuesdays at 11am Eastern. The Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative encourages all to participate in this open and collaborative process.
For more information and to participate, go to http://datainteroperability.org/research-activity-xapi-data-interoperability.
A webinar kicking off this xAPI conformance requirements project’s activities will be on Monday, March 27 at 11am Eastern.
Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/413892841719670274.