Andrew Downes

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As one of the authors of xAPI, Andrew Downes has years of expertise in data-driven learning design. With a background in instructional design and development, he’s well versed in creating learning experiences and platforms in corporate and academic environments.
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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 Blended 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 blended learning and what they mean in practice.

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Watershed's 7 Steps of Learning Evaluation

By Andrew Downes | Apr 11, 2018

Out of the dozens of different learning evaluation models currently in practice, which one is right for you? Turns out, you don't have to limit yourself to just one.  

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Explore Training Outcomes for Effective Learning Evaluation [Step 7]

By Andrew Downes | Apr 03, 2018

When it comes to learning evaluation, researching the successful and unsuccessful elements of a learning program is key to improving future efforts. Find out more, as we explain the last step in our "super method" for evaluating learning.

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Evaluate Learning Effectiveness to Improve Programs [Step 6]

By Andrew Downes | Mar 28, 2018

We've discussed all the steps leading up to evaluating your learning program—and now it's time to actually evaluate learning so you can determine what's working and what needs improvement.

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Monitor and Evaluate Learning Program Success Along the Way [Step 5]

By Andrew Downes | Mar 20, 2018

Now that your learning program is live, it's time to monitor the success and progress toward the program goals. Here's how to get started.

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Design Training for Effective Learning Evaluation [Step 4]

By Andrew Downes | Mar 08, 2018

In this installment of our seven steps for learning evaluation, we'll show you how to design the program itself—including how to capture, aggregate, display, and use data related to evaluation metrics.

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What's Working in Your Current Learning Evaluation Practices? [Step 3]

By Andrew Downes | Feb 21, 2018

Just because learning is already happening in your organization, there's no guarantee each instance is being done well. And now that we’ve covered the first two steps for effective learning evaluation, it’s time to discover exactly which learning programs are working in your organization.

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Define L&D Metrics for Effective Learning Evaluation [Step 2]

By Andrew Downes | Feb 13, 2018

We've outlined seven practical steps when evaluating learning programs. Here, we'll discuss the second step in the learning evaluation process—identifying the success metrics most appropriate to the organization. 

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Align Training Program Priorities for Learning Evaluation [Step 1]

By Andrew Downes | Jan 30, 2018

In our last learning evaluation post, we outlined seven practical steps for evaluating learning programs. Now, it's time to dig into the first of the seven steps, as we show you how to identify program goals and evaluate alignment with overall organizational and strategic priorities. 

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