Andrew Downes

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As one of the authors of xAPI, Andrew Downes has years of expertise in data-driven learning design. And, with a background in instructional design and development, he’s well versed in creating learning experiences and platforms in both corporate and academic environments.
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Learning Analytics Dimensions: Learning Experience Analysis

By Andrew Downes | Feb 20, 2019

As we completed our Learning Analytics Research Study, we found many reports that fell into the Learning Experience category. Not only were there more reports, but they also were more varied—leading us to create nearly double the amount of dimensions under this category than compared to the Learner and Learning Program categories. And, in this post, we'll explore these learning experience dimensions in practice.

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Learning Analytics Dimensions: Learning Program Analysis

By Andrew Downes | Feb 12, 2019

Welcome to our fifth installment exploring results from our Learning Analytics Research Study and what they mean in practice. This week, we’re diving into the dimensions under the Learning Program categories. (We’ll pick up the Learning Experience category next week.)

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Learning Analytics Dimensions: Learner Analysis

By Andrew Downes | Feb 05, 2019

Welcome to our fourth installment exploring results from our Learning Analytics Research Study and what they mean in practice. This week, we’re diving into the dimensions under the Learner categories. (We’ll pick up the Learning Program and Learning Experience categories in our next posts.)

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Learning Analytics Categories [UPDATED]

By Andrew Downes | Jan 29, 2019

We’ve introduced our Learning Analytics Research Study and explained how learning categories are split into dimensions. And now it’s time to explore results from our study, starting with an overview of these categories, including two new categories we discovered.

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Learning Analytics Analytics

By Andrew Downes | Jan 21, 2019

In our last blog post, we introduced our latest series that focuses on findings from our Learning Analytics Research Study—during which we collected and analyzed data to see how real organizations are implementing learning analytics. We're kicking things off by sharing insights from overall Watershed report usage and how certain times of the year can affect both learning data and reports of different types and categorizations.

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Corporate Learning Analytics in Practice [Introduction]

By Andrew Downes | Jan 08, 2019

During the summer of 2018, we conducted a Learning Analytics Research Study to research how our clients are actually implementing these analytics. This research aimed to place organizations on the learning analytics triangle as a measure of maturity, and to paint a picture of what this actually looks like in 2018.* In this blog series, we’ll explore the results from our study and how real people are doing real learning analytics.

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L&D Spotlight: How Visa & Verizon built learning ecosystems with LMSs

By Andrew Downes | Nov 07, 2018

In our last blog post, we looked at how The Behr Paint Company replaced the LMS when implementing their learning ecosystem. But that’s actually a less common route, as many organizations keep their LMSs playing key roles within their ecosystems. For example, organizations may keep the LMS to manage event bookings, assign compliance training, or keep centrally managed content repositories. In this post, we’ll look at how Visa and Verizon have kept their LMSs as part of their ecosystems.

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Learning Ecosystems: How The Behr Paint Company replaced the LMS

By Andrew Downes | Oct 29, 2018

As you start to consider your learning ecosystem, you’ll need to reflect on the role of the LMS. For most organizations, the LMS continues to play an important role in conjunction with other ecosystem elements (our next blog post will look at organizations who have done just that). But, there are times when you may want to replace part or all of your LMS when implementing xAPI. In this post, we’ll look at how The Behr Paint Company replaced its LMS in this way.

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Learning Ecosystems: How to add data sources & iterate [Guide]

By Andrew Downes | Sep 05, 2018

Last week, Tim Dickinson explained how to create a strategy for your modern learning ecosystem. In this post, we’ll dig more into the weeds of getting started and look at how to choose a good starter data source, connect it, and build from there.

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What is Distributed Learning? [Introduction]

By Andrew Downes | May 23, 2018

People have an inherent desire to learn, but how we learn best is still up for debate. In this series, we explore trends related to distributed learning and what they mean in practice.

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