Steve Foreman is President of InfoMedia Designs, a provider of e-Learning infrastructure consulting services and technology solutions to Fortune 500 companies. Since establishing his consulting practice in 1983, Steve has spent 20+ years working with forward-looking companies to find new and effective ways to apply computer technology to support human performance. His work includes enterprise learning strategy, LMS selection and implementation, learning technology architecture and integration, expert knowledge harvesting, knowledge management, and innovative performance support solutions that blend working and learning.
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eLearning Authoring: Taking the Next Step with xAPI August 17, 2015
Authoring tools make it possible to create eLearning products, even by designers with no programming skills. These tools evolve constantly, but few of them have done much with the Experience API (xAPI). xAPI can do more than simply replicate SCORM’s tracking mechanisms. In this article, the authors offer new visions for xAPI that will create more effective and engaging online courses.
Are You an ISD, a Business Process Engineer, or Both? July 20, 2015
When human performance problems have their root causes in broken business processes, missing policies, inadequate standards, or poorly designed systems, training alone (including eLearning) may not be an effective solution. The Experience API can help in these cases. Here is a fictitious scenario that illustrates how to use xAPI to optimize the work environment.
xAPI and Analytics: Measuring Your Way to Success June 15, 2015
Applying xAPI and analytics to measure learning and work outcomes enables you to go beyond just front-end analysis to continuously analyze your learning and performance solution’s impact on business results. This approach enables you to adapt your learning and performance solutions in response to the ever-changing needs and priorities of the business. Read all about how to do this here!
The xAPI can transform the enterprise and ultimately impact many aspects beyond training. If the technology-based training project you are pitching to your sponsor is also your first venture into the xAPI, getting approval may be a bit more complicated. This guide walks you through the steps, including those needed to get the support of your IT department.
Five Things a Web Developer Needs to Know About the xAPI October 15, 2014
The xAPI will likely not be a familiar component to web designers, yet web designers are the experts that instructional designers must call on to execute their xAPI designs. This article is an instructional designer’s go-to document for explaining the xAPI to a web designer.
Ten Steps to Plan & Communicate Your xAPI Design to a Web Developer October 13, 2014
To realize the full tracking potential of the xAPI in your instructional design, you will need to collaborate with a web developer who can manually code the xAPI statements. This article outlines 10 steps you can take to plan and communicate your xAPI design to a web developer!
Predictive Analytics: Anticipating Your Next Move September 29, 2014
When you really think about it, it is strange that businesses continue to rely on learning metrics that merely indicate whether an individual completed and passed, completed and failed, or did not complete training. Analytics provide boundless opportunities for us to collect and use much more meaningful data. Here is the basic information you need in order to get started!
The xAPI and the LMS: What Does the Future Hold? October 14, 2013
Traditional learning management systems (LMSs) have not been useful in managing learning that happens during workplace activity, such as coaching and work assignments. The Experience API (also called “Tin Can” or “xAPI”) integrates learning and working. This final part of Steve’s series on LMSs explores the relationship between the LMS and the xAPI, and explains how the xAPI works.
LMS Operation and Governance: Taming the Beast September 9, 2013
Is your existing LMS becoming an L-M-MESS? When you installed your LMS, you expected it might grow and change—and you were right. Only now it may have turned into a beast, with everything from outdated courses to spam-like email notifications. Sound familiar? If so, you will want to read this installment in Steve’s series!
What does successful LMS implementation require? These projects can involve significant investments of time, money, and planning, and there is a proven process for success. This article completes the steps in the process that many organizations have followed for successful implementation efforts.
What does successful LMS implementation require? These projects can involve significant investments of time, money, and planning. In this series, you will find a complete outline of the steps in the process that many organizations have followed for successful implementation efforts.
If an organization is to evaluate learning management system (LMS) products and vendors effectively, what should it do? A new research report from The eLearning Guild, Evaluating and Selecting a Learning Management System, reveals what organizations that have already been through the process do. Read here the five steps that are proven to lead to the best decisions.
Customers demand more flexibility, less disruption in how training is delivered, and faster, better access. Business demands more frequent updates to training content. Both Training and IT have a vested interest in meeting these demands. Despite their differences, the two groups ultimately have the best interests of the organization in mind and can only succeed when bridges are built between them.