Tim Dickinson

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As Watershed’s Director of Learning Analytics Strategy, Tim Dickinson is skilled in leading organizations through strategic changes, getting positive results through learning analytics, and translating complex ideas and trends into easy-to-understand explanations.
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How to Design Effective Training for Learning Evaluation & Analytics

By Tim Dickinson | Nov 11, 2019

We talk a lot about learning evaluation and measuring the effectiveness of training on the overall business. But how can we design effective training in the first place? And what do we even mean by effective training? Inspired by our annual Measuring the Business Impact of Learning survey, this blog series is aimed at instructional designers, their managers, and anyone else interested in designing a learning program, experience, or resource that’s easy to measure and evaluate.

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What Learning & Development Can Learn from Artificial Intelligence

By Tim Dickinson | Oct 16, 2019

Scalable learning is a key differentiator for modern enterprise business. And one way learning platforms are scaling learning is by using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in learning technology via content recommendations and personalized learning. But let’s be clear, I’m not here to talk about the “Netflix of Learning.”

Rather, by understanding how AI seeks to use algorithmic software solutions to recreate processes similar to those of a human brain, we can begin to understand how enterprise learning and development can evolve from these concepts.

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What Is a Learning Ecosystem?

By Tim Dickinson | Nov 28, 2018

Whether it's navigating a new town, train system, or even a shopping mall, most of us have used maps to pinpoint our location, examine routes to our intended destinations, and see what to expect along the way. And the same can be said for mapping out your learning ecosystem—because having a map is critical if you want to truly understand how and where your learners are receiving information. 

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How to Develop a Learning Ecosystem Strategy [Guide]

By Tim Dickinson | Aug 29, 2018

Designing and building new learning ecosystems can seem intimidating at first blush. Where do I start? Which key components should I consider? What’s my strategy? Answering everything on your own makes a challenging, but gratifying, task much harder. That’s why it’s important to make this process a team effort, involving the most important stakeholders to help you along the way. In that vain, we’ve invited Danny Abdo, vice president of solutions engineering at our partner, Degreed, to help provide some insight into how to strategically plan for and design a new learning ecosystem.

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The Ripple Effect: Learning & Data Ecosystems

By Tim Dickinson | Aug 08, 2018

So far, we’ve established an overview of modern learning ecosystems and how you can identify them across your different learning programs. Now, it’s time to explore how changes to different elements of an ecosystem can impact not only learning experiences, but also other elements in the ecosystem.

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What You Need to Know: GDPR & xAPI

By Tim Dickinson | May 04, 2018

Everyone seems to be talking about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) right now. But what is it, and how will it affect xAPI and Learning Record Stores? Find out more as we explain everything you need to know about this important set of privacy regulations.

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Business Storytelling Models for L&D: Data and the Hero's Journey

By Tim Dickinson | Nov 14, 2017

So far in this blog series, we’ve discussed the importance of data storytelling and covered how to use the STAR model to share your achievements as you might during a job interview. Now, we’ll explore how to draw from Hollywood’s version of storytelling—using the Hero’s Journey framework (departure, initiation, return)—to create an engrossing, transformative story.

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Why L&D Should Use Data in Business Storytelling

By Tim Dickinson | Oct 31, 2017

As an L&D practitioner, you collect learning data, build reports, and create analytics infrastructure to make better-informed decisions. But if no one is listening to you, then what’s the point? In this post, we'll explore the basics of crafting an interesting, compelling story with your L&D data.

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The Art of L&D Data Storytelling [Introduction]

By Tim Dickinson | Oct 24, 2017

Once you’ve collected, measured, and evaluated your learning data—what’s next? How do you use that information to promote L&D and show off the value and impact of your learning programs? Knowing how to craft engaging and interesting stories that directly relate to various areas, teams, and departments across your organization takes careful planning and execution.

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