Articles by James Ballard

What are we up to with xAPI, down under?

Kineo Asia Pacific recently announced a partnership with Learning Locker LRS  to deliver an integrated learning platform.  In the first 6 months of the partnership we have been working on building a set of user cases of how we might evolve a service. The goal has been to not just say we are xAPI compliant, which we were before the partnership, but …

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Listening – social learning’s most important skill?

When thinking about the skills of a 21st century learner the emerging skills of curation and networking might come to mind; or you might draw on ideas around participatory culture such as Jenkins’ (2009) core media literacies: Play: the capacity to experiment with one’s surroundings as a form of problem-solving; Simulation: the ability …

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Social Learning - Reflections on Work 2.0

I was fortunate to facilitate roundtable discussions at the Work 2.0 conference recently on the topic of how to engage learner through social learning. Here are five questions I think would be useful to explore to implement social learning that can make an impact within an organisation. 1. Where do conversations happen? Social learning is often …

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Using the Social Wave - 5 top tips

The Social Wave is designed to: bring waves of the latest updates to knowledge workers about their learning goals; provide updates from the learning activities of their colleagues whom they follow. Based on the question 'how can we get learners more engaged in  undertaking relevant learning and development?' here are my top five tips …

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Riding the social wave: what we can learn from cognitive theory

Self-regulated learning (SRL) as a cognitive theory explains how individuals approach learning through a recursive cycle of: (1) planning; (2) engagement; and (3) evaluation & reflection. SRL has been shown to mediate our use of learning technologies such that learners who self-regulate tend to report more positive expectations of technologies …

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Tin Can or xAPI?

Either – they mean the same thing. Tin Can API was the working name and the Experience API (xAPI) is the official release title, however Tin Can got a lot of traction so people use them interchangeably. What is it? Tin Can xAPI is a standard for describing experiences that is based on a noun-verb-object triplet, such as “James posted to the …

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