GrassBlade xAPI Companion v2.0 is here – What’s New?

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We are super excited to present GrassBlade xAPI Companion v2.0 loaded with some latest and phenomenal feature. It includes solutions to many requests that our users have sent to us over time.

In brief, you’re getting Advanced Video Tracking to track every activity done with video content. Also, you’re getting three new Gutenberg blocks to add xAPI Content, Leaderboard, and show User Score.

In this version, we’re making your content more responsive and flexible to present it elegantly. Whether it is a video or some xAPI content developed with rapid course development tool like Articulate Storyline.

1. Advanced Video Tracking

In GrassBlade xAPI Companion v2.0, we have integrated xAPI Video Profile 1.0 to provide you immense tracking experience. In this new update, you can track YouTube and Vimeo videos embedded on your webpage. It also works on the video you uploaded on your own website hosting.

You can track and store all user progress data in Learning Record Store. In the new video profile, you can track all activities done by the user on the video.

Key Features you would love to know about are:

Resume Feature
  • i. Resume: You come back to the same video, and it starts from where you left. So, you can seamlessly pause on mobile, and resume on PC.
  • ii. Completion: xAPI Video Profile corrects the distorted meaning of video completion. So far most, if not all, video completion features only checked if you reached the end.
  • Now, it checks if you have watched all parts of the video. So, jumping around ain’t gonna help it.
  • Additionally, you can set a percentage for completion.
  • iii. HeatMap: You can actually see and visualize what parts of the video was watched, or left, or repeated, or repeated multiple times. Very very powerful in analyzing what parts of the video might have issues, like bad audio, or boring content, or interesting content.

This feature is enabled by default, but you can switch back to the previous tracking method. How to switch back to old video tracking?

Read More: Advanced Video Tracking with GrassBlade xAPI Companion v2.0

2. Responsive Content

In this version, we have added some quick settings to make your xAPI content more flexible and responsive. It will help you align content properly and show it elegantly across devices.

Now, you can set the content aspect ratio with popular preset sizes like in 16:9, 4:3, and 1:1. With this, you can fix the aspect ratio to show content in a fixed ratio in different screen sizes.

If you don’t want to use these presets, you can set it with your desired content aspect ratio.

Alternatively, you unlock the aspect ratio to make content more fluid.

Read More: How to use Responsive content settings?

3. Gutenberg Blocks Support

Now say bye 👋 to the shortcodes and use super easy Gutenberg block for GrassBlade xAPI Companion. In this update we have added 3 blocks for Gutenberg:

  1. xAPI Content block
  2. Leaderboard block
  3. User Score block

With these new blocks, you can add multiple xAPI contents on a page. It also supports completion tracking, so your LearnDash Lessons will be automatically marked complete based on completion of xAPI Content added via these Gutenberg Blocks.

Read More: GrassBlade xAPI Companion Gutenberg Blocks

That’s it, for this update.

We at Next Software Solution believe in providing value and helping others. Our team is striving to provide some cool new features to make your life easier.

Hope you find these features useful. If you have any comments, suggestions, or feature requests feel free to drop a message in the comment section below or contact us.

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Pankaj Agrawal

Pankaj Agrawal

Pankaj is the brain behind the GrassBlade line of products and is founder of the organisation. He has been involved in the eLearning field for several years, and has been a working group member as well as an active contributor in the development of the Experience API, also known widely as Tin Can API.

3 Responses to GrassBlade xAPI Companion v2.0 is here – What’s New?

  • Peter Ryan

    Love you work Pankaj!

    Our sites backbone is run with grassblade LRS and xapi and the support from them is excellent.

    • Pankaj Agrawal

      Thanks Peter.

  • Mandar

    Hi Pankaj, Am highly impressed with Grassblade xAPI, which we use on our LMS with LD. The support received has also been excellent. Do you have a solution where this xAPI content can be connected/streamed to another LMS (similar to what SCORMCloud offers). This will make it easier to deliver courses to organizations who want to run the course inside their own LMS.

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