Mike Rustici

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As an innovative software developer turned entrepreneur, Mike Rustici has been defining the eLearning industry for nearly 20 years. After co-founding Rustici Software in 2002, Mike helped guide the first draft of xAPI and invented the concept of a Learning Record Store (LRS). In 2013, he delivered on the promise of xAPI with the creation of Watershed, the flagship LRS that bridges the gap between training and performance.
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Discover Your Organization’s Learning Ecosystems

By Mike Rustici | Jul 17, 2018

In the introduction to this series, we explained how your organization’s learning ecosystems are comprised of different L&D tools and technologies. And, because learning is a continuous process that happens in many ways and places, learning ecosystems are everywhere. In this post, we’ll explore how you can start discovering these ecosystems within your own organization. 

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An Introduction to Modern Learning Ecosystems

By Mike Rustici | Jul 10, 2018

Learning is an intrinsically human activity that happens in many places and in many ways. It doesn’t matter how great or feature-rich any one learning system is, learning will never happen in just one place. The modern learning ecosystem not only recognizes this reality, but also embraces it to support the learner wherever and however he or she learns best. In this blog series, we’ll explore learning ecosystems and how they relate to data ecosystems, while also sharing real-world case studies and useful takeaways so you can map out, create, and grow your own ecosystems.

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Learning Analytics Explained: A Recap

By Mike Rustici | Mar 08, 2017

Since we started our What's Learning Analytics series, there seems to have been an explosion of dialogue about this topic. We’re particularly excited to see so many of the “Predictions for 2017” include data and analytics as a trend that will blossom in the coming year.

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5 Steps of Learning Analytics

By Mike Rustici | Mar 06, 2017

Knowing how to effectively use learning analytics is a priority for many learning and development (L&D) professionals—but for many practitioners, simply getting started is often the hardest part. 

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BONUS: Learning Operations Analytics

By Mike Rustici | Mar 02, 2017

In our prior posts, we defined three categories of learning analytics. Now, it's time for one last "bonus" category—learning operations analytics.

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What's a Learning Analytics Platform?

By Mike Rustici | Jan 18, 2017

Learning analytics may be a new term to the learning and development (L&D) community, but the concept of analyzing and building reports from learning and business data has been in practice for decades. In this post, we'll explain how learning analytics platforms are using data to help bring L&D's efforts front and center.

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Learning Program Analytics

By Mike Rustici | Jan 11, 2017

Now that you know how to use analytics resulting from both learning experiences and learners themselves, it's time to explore learning program analytics—which seek to understand how an overall learning program is performing.

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Learner Analytics

By Mike Rustici | Jan 04, 2017

Building on what we covered in our last post on learning experience analytics, this week we’ll explore learner analytics and how they seek to understand more about a specific person or group of people engaged in activities where learning is one of the outputs.

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Learning Experience Analytics

By Mike Rustici | Dec 21, 2016

Now that you know more about learning analytics and complexity, let's cover learning experience analytics—which help you understand more about particular learning experiences or a set of learning experiences.

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Learning Analytics & Complexity

By Mike Rustici | Dec 15, 2016

In our last post, we delved into how people use the term "learning analytics," including an overview of both complexity and category. And this week, we're diving deeper into the four levels of complexity and how they factor into the Watershed Method™.

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