General Cohort Info

Weekly Live Session

Weekly Updates

Cohort Teams

General Cohort Info

The xAPI Cohort is a free 12-week learn-by-doing project-based team learning experience about the Experience API. It’s an opportunity for those who are brand new to xAPI and those looking to experiment with it to learn from each other and the work itself.

xAPI Cohorts run twice a year in spring and fall “semesters” or “seasons”.

Work and participation happen synchronously in the Weekly Live Session, and asynchronously in Slack.

Weekly Live Session

Weekly live sessions are held every Thursday at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET during an active season (spring or fall).

For 2021/2022, our live sessions are held in Airmeet.

Weekly Updates

After the live sessions, a weekly update (with links to recordings, etc.) is sent via email.

Cohort Teams

Each Cohort season, Teams will be formed, starting a few weeks into the semester. Sometimes a Team will continue work from a previous semester, building upon their own efforts or that of a previous group. Other new Teams will form as participants start to narrow down a focus, either by polling the group or creating them on their own and seeing what sticks.

You are under no obligation to join a Team. You can join the Team’s Slack channel and just read along without actively participating if you’re interested in the topic.

Often there is an informal (and sometimes formal) Team Leader, though the only representative officially asked for is someone who can give a rundown of their activity in weekly Team updates to the broader Cohort.

Slack

Most of the weekly communication between participants and broad organizer announcements happen in Slack. When you sign up for the Cohort, you should receive an invitation to the Slack workspace.

You can join as many channels as you want, and feel free to lurk – you are under no obligation to participate if you’re just curious.

Channels

There are a few Slack channels that everyone starts with:
  • #main
    This is where the broadest communication happens between Cohort participants.
  • #social
    Get loose, throw in some GIFs, request recipes, etc.
  • #resources
    Can be links to articles/posts, free trials, etc.
  • #xapignome-social-media
    This is a Twitter feed from the xAPI Gnome, the official mascot of the xAPI Cohort.
The remaining Cohort communication is broken into various channels by type:
  • #team-xxxxxxxxx
    These are the Team channels that form around project, and where that group activity occurs.
  • #discuss-xxxxxxxxx
    This is to gather discussion around a particular topic, but unrelated to any particular Team.
  • #z….xxxxxxx These are “archived” Teams. Before every new season, Team Channels are prefixed with [z][year][season] so the contents can still be accessed, but out of the primary channel flow. Sometimes, they are pulled out of retirement for another mission or can rest peacefully, just waiting for a visitor. If you’d like to resurrect a sleeping Team, just remove the prefix (and perhaps let the #main channel know).