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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Recent Posts

xAPI Governance: Dealing with Bad Data (Part 5)

By Andrew Downes | May 27, 2019

xAPI governance is designed to help protect your learning record store (LRS) from bad data. But what can you do about bad data that’s already in your LRS? Whether it’s duplicated completion verbs, activity ID reuse, or another issue, let’s look at some options to help you tidy up when things go wrong.

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Client Spotlight: athenahealth’s Newsletter

By Andrew Downes | May 07, 2019

In this client spotlight, see how athenahealth’s Training and Enablement team is using an internal newsletter to keep their colleagues up to date with the organization’s program data, insights, and best practices.

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xAPI Governance: Test, Monitor & Enforce (Part 4)

By Andrew Downes | May 01, 2019

Even the best of us can make mistakes. So, the more data sources and people involved in your learning ecosystem, the more likely someone is to break the rules and processes you’ve defined as part of your xAPI governance strategy. To avoid issues, it’s vital that you test, monitor, and enforce your rules and processes.

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xAPI Governance: Documentation (Part 3)

By Andrew Downes | Apr 16, 2019

Continuing our xAPI Governance blog series, the second aspect of Governance—after creating rules and processes—is documentation. So, why is keeping records of your captured xAPI data important? In this post, we’ll explain what you need to know when it comes to documentation and share steps to help get you started.

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xAPI Governance: Processes & Rules (Part 2)

By Andrew Downes | Apr 03, 2019

If you want consistent xAPI data, then having processes and rules is critical. They provide a baseline so everyone in your organization knows what’s right and what’s wrong when it comes to data structures, formats, and vocabulary. In this xAPI Governance blog post, we explore the importance of rules and processes and how you can implement them.

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xAPI Governance: How do I keep my data clean? (Part 1)

By Andrew Downes | Mar 20, 2019

xAPI Governance is a set of processes and controls to ensure the quality of your xAPI data. Good governance keeps your data tidy and makes your life easier when reporting on and using your data. This blog series covers everything you need to know, starting with the basics.

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Create Custom xAPI Statements in Storyline with xapi.ly [How-To]

By Andrew Downes | Dec 11, 2018

Watershed and TorranceLearning have been friends for a number of years now. TorranceLearning does great consulting work in the Experience API space, encouraging people to tinker with the specification via the xAPI cohorts that provide opportunities to collaborate with like-minded professionals from all over the world on xAPI projects.

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Ask the Expert: How to safely open a CSV file in Excel

By Andrew Downes | Dec 04, 2018

True or False: Opening a CSV file in Excel can change the data it contains. If you answered true, then you know how Excel automatically tries to change numbers and dates in your data into a format that it thinks you would prefer. 

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Ask the Expert: How to Launch xAPI Courses from Moodle Websites

By Andrew Downes | Nov 12, 2018

By far and away, one of the most common questions I’m asked by Essentials LRS users is about launching xAPI courses from their Moodle websites. Generally, people who ask me this have installed the xAPI launch plugin, but are having difficulty getting it to work.

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Ask the Expert: How to write xAPI statements for quizzes and questions

By Andrew Downes | Jun 27, 2018

Whether it’s from L&D vendors or organizations building custom e-learning courses or assessments, the xAPI statement question we’re asked most often is, “How do I design xAPI statements for quizzes and questions?”.

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