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Duncan Welder iFest Presentation

cmi5: Introduction, Status & Benefits

Duncan Welder

With a little over a year since the release of cmi5 as the xAPI profile for LMS/content communication, many early-adopters have embraced the specification. Other authoring tools have been slower to adopt cmi5, opting to rely on xAPI-enabled SCORM® modules to extend tracking beyond the limited data points of SCORM®.

In this short session, we will review the ‘rules’ that define cmi5, benefits for adoption and the current state of the industry’s cmi5 adoption. Attendees will leave understanding how cmi5, and the xAPI on which it is based, can be used to extend the capabilities of on-line learning, performance support and learning analytics.


Duncan Welder, Director of Client Services for RISC, is an educational technology geek, having spent over 20 years implementing learning management systems, domestically and abroad. As an xAPI evangelist with a career grounded in instructional design and eLearning, Duncan regularly writes about and presents on xAPI and cmi5. Duncan is an active member of the Houston ATD, currently serving as director of special interest groups.

Art Werkenthin, president of RISC, built his first LMS in 1988 and now has over 25 years’ experience working with LMS in the oil and gas, retail, finance, and other industries. Art is keenly interested in the xAPI specification, and RISC was an early adopter of this technology. Interested in expanding the xAPI to the LMS, Art has served for the past four years on the ADL cmi5 committee. In 2015, RISC demonstrated the first implementation of a cmi5 runtime engine embedded in its LMS.


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