Most informal learning is not tracked and reported. It just becomes part of our repertoire of knowledge and skills. But, in our society, organizations are generally run by managers who like to see reports, preferably with numbers, that describe the results of the activities of the organization. This data, in theory, can then be used to make decisions about the direction and activity level of the organization. Because of the desire for managerial control, many organizations want to track evidence of informal learning in addition to the data that is being collected about formal learning activities. This is one of the main goals of using xAPI.
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