Aaron Silvers has innovated the design and production of learning experiences with a variety of technologies for organizations large and small, in both the private and public sectors, for over 15 years. From 1999-2001, he produced, designed and developed web-based games for the National Football League (NFL) and the website KidsCom. With a particular niche in learning games, he produced several popular titles that, ten years later, continue to attract 20,000 children ages 6-12 a day. Working on the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) initiative, Aaron led the development of a number of SCORM 2004 content examples and returned to ADL in 2010 as its Community Manager. He has an M.S. in Curr...
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I attend and speak at a lot of conferences, especially over the past three years as ADL laid the groundwork for the Training & Learning Architecture (TLA). Each year, there’s one conference that I really look forward to because it’s so big and so many of my favorite learning technology people show up: DevLearn.
Last year, I was honored to be a featured speaker at DevLearn and made a case for the design thinking that went into what is now the Experience API. This year we’re doing things as a community that, frankly, I dreamed about a year ago but hardly could expect. The Experience API has gained enough momentum to have large, yet unconventional, experiences so that you can get to know as much as you want about the technology and the tools, vendors and companies that are both creating it and using it.
For starters, there’s a full day workshop on designing experiences with the ability to capture and leverage Experience API data on Tuesday, October 30. On Wednesday, October 31, Tim Martin (@timpmartin) will present on the basics for developing with the Experience API. And, on Friday, November 2 I’ll be hosting a featured session covering anything our audience might want to know about the Experience API with panelists Julie Dirksen (@usablelearning), Stephanie Daul (@stephaniedaul), Mike Rustici and Dr. Clark Quinn (@quinnovator).
The bigger news is the 25 (and counting as of this writing) adopters who will be hanging around Tin Can Alley, which is a community-run area. At mLearnCon in June 2012, we had 14 different adopters with prototypes and tools to share and their work captivated the 800+ attendees. With almost 2,000 people attending DevLearn 2012, look out for the following tools and vendors who are likely to have something to show you with the Experience API:
DevLearn runs from October 31-November 2, 2012 this year and with the Tin Can Alley and the DevLearn Junto addressing development, design and business applications of the Experience API, it is an event not to be missed.