Top Gun

(in plain xAPI)

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction…

If you are interested in e-learning you can’t not know Mike Rustici.

As an innovative software developer turned entrepreneur, Mike Rustici has been defining the e-learning industry for nearly 20 years. After co-founding Rustici Software in 2002, Mike helped guide the first draft of the Tin Can API (xAPI) and invented the concept of a Learning Record Store (LRS) – revolutionizing the Learning and Development world. In 2013, he delivered on the promise of Tin Can with the creation of Watershed, the flagship LRS that bridges the gap between training and performance.

(Nicola Mastrorilli, N.M.) Hi Mike, thank you for your guest editing of “Famous movies in Plain xAPI”. What’s your relationship like with movies?

(Mike Rustici, M.R.) Movies are a chance for me to shut off my brain and relax for a couple hours. I’m not a big movie buff, but on some days there’s nothing I love more than just turning on HBO in the morning and then watching whatever movies happen to come on all day.

(N.M.) You’ve chosen a movie that is a cult classic for our generation. Tell us something about Mike Rustici in 1986, the year of Top Gun’s release.

(M.R.) In 1986 I was 9 years old and excited that my dad let me watch a movie with bad words and “adult themes” in it.

Picked scene

The picked scene is articulated in two moments.

The first one is when Maverick ”communicated” with Anonymous Soviet MIG-28 Pilot.

The second one is when Maverick reports his communication.

(N.M.) You’ve picked an amazing scene. Why this scene?

(M.R.) I don’t know, it’s just kinda something that’s stuck in my memory. Must have made an impression on my young brain. Probably the combination of cool stunt flying with humor and wittiness. I like to think of myself as someone who can bring many aspects of my personality to bear in different situations. It would be a lot like me to remain calm in a tense situation and apply humor to diffuse it.

Here’s the full view of the statement.

(N.M.) Let’s read the statement. What does this teach us about Statement Design, Mike?

(M.R.) You have seen that the picked scene is articulated in two moments. Designing the statement we need to choose the most descriptive and meaningful summary.  We decide that MAVERICK KEPT UP FOREIGN RELATIONS was better than MAVERICK COMMUNICATED WITH ANONYMOUS SOVIET MIG-28 PILOT. I think it’s a good illustration of how the statement structure might be a little different than what you might assume from high-level designs.

(N.M.) Last question. Home theatre or movie theatre? Where do you prefer to live this kind of experience?

(M.R.) Depends on my mood!

Thanks to Mike Rustici.

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NOTE: Top Gun is used here only to illustrate the examples in this blog post. Experio and Watershed are not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with Paramount Pictures.