The new ADL Experience API offers interesting opportunities. Yet, it challenges the integration with existing concepts and technologies. An example for these challenges is illustrated by the following question: how does the xAPI relate to Mozilla's Open Badges or E-Portfolio systems like Mahara? Because all these initiatives and tools are related to learning experiences there appears to be a significant overlap. In this article I explain how the xAPI fits into a framework with open learning badges and e-portfolio systems.
At the first sight e-portfolios, learning badges, and the xAPI seem to cover the same use-case of documenting learning across platforms and learning environments. However, on closer inspection we find that each concept only deals with one part of this use case. The following infographic illustrates how the xAPI can be used to link learning activities with e-portfolios.