CRAWWLA Project update

Competence, Resilience, and Adaptability With and Without Learning Augmentation (CRAWWLA)

This project was slow to get off the ground… apt for its name. Supported by the Taylor Teaching Scholars program, the aim of this project was to explore how teachers and learners adapt to increasing and decreasing availability of various learning augmentations.

The concept of ‘learning augmentation’ tends to focus on information technology but we should remember that there are many other forms of augmentation. So what happens when we lose it?

Do we just ‘lose it’? …as in meltdown, tantrum, go off in a huff etc.

Even the web site for this project,, took so long to get up and running that it was no longer useful to engage teachers or learners and we had generally moved on. An interesting example of the ‘Without’!

However, the project has been progressing with all sorts of work behind the scenes. Watch this space for a series of updates over the coming weeks.

OLab4, xAPI and playing nice with each other

As our various projects progress, we just want to give you an update on how OLab4 can be made to play nice with other xAPI-aware applications.

We are gradually building an extended educational research platform, with OLab4 at the core, where these various modules, functions and applications can communicate with each other via our GrassBladeLRS.

So far, we have the following in the mix:

  • OLab4
  • WordPress
  • H5P widgets
  • Moodle
  • LearnDash
  • GrassBlade Companion

As well as sharing activity statements in the common Learning Record Store (LRS), we are also sharing state, actor and context metadata.

If you are interested in exploring this with us, please contact us.

Using xAPI to support blended simulation

OLab and OpenLabyrinth have always been good at providing the contextual glue that holds together various simulation modalities. Here are some examples of projects where OpenLabyrinth has supported blended simulation activities:

  • Virtual Spinal Tap – uses haptic simulation to model the feeling of needle insertion
  • Rushing Roulette – timed tasks with a $30 Arduino lie detector!
  • Crevasse Rescue – multiple teams & disciplines, with high & low fidelity simulators
  • R. Ed Nekke – bookending around Laerdal mannequin scenario

But now with xAPI providing the background data linking to a Learning Record Store, it is much easier to do this across a wider range of tools and platforms. Some of the above mentioned projects used a very sophisticated gamut of high-speed networks, at considerable cost.

Doing this now with xAPI is proving to be much more flexible, scalable and cost effective. To support haptic projects, like Virtual Spinal Tap, we are now working with the Medbiq Learning Experience Working Group on an xAPI Haptics Profile. Check it out and give us feedback.

Hello OLab4!

Welcome to OLab4, our education research platform.

This free, open-source, software grew out of OpenLabyrinth (, an application that was originally designed to create virtual patients. OLab4 has grown far beyond these roots and now supports a wide range of educational activities.

All of these activities can be tracked and analyzed, which opens up many research opportunities.