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The Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative


We've reached an incredibly important milestone; impressive by every measure: the Experience API reached Version 1.0.0 on Friday, April 26, 2013.

Over 60 developers, designers, engineers, standards veterans, stakeholders and vendors from around the world representing industry, academia and government contributed to an open and collective effort to meet this goal in just over 12 months.

The Experience API specification Version 1.0.0 marks the first major release of the technology, built on requirements and design considerations going back to late 2008 and research and development (commonly known as "Project Tin Can") that began in 2010.

In the spec, the Director of the ADL Initiative wrote,

"My thanks to everyone who contributed to the Experience API project. Many of you have called into the weekly meetings and helped to shape the specification into something that is useful for the entire distributed learning community. Many of you assisted in releasing code samples, products, and documentation to aid those who are creating and adopting the specification. I'd also like to thank all of those who were involved in supplying useful, honest information about your organization's use of SCORM® and other learning best practices. Through the use-cases, shared experiences, and knowledge you have shared, ADL and the community clearly identified the first step in creating the Training and Learning Architecture–the Experience API. You are truly the community leaders on which we depend to make our training and education the very best."

The work on the Experience API resumes in mid-May as the working group prepares for specification refinements based on how people use the API over the next year. (A PDF file that represents a formatted "snapshot" of the authoritative specification as of April 26 is available for download. PDF, 1.6 MB)

In the meantime, it's time for celebration. On Wednesday, May 1, from 2:30-3:30pm Eastern, a "launch party" will occur on Twitter. Follow the hashtag #xAPI.