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: 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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Certified Data Sources

By Andrew Downes | Mar 13, 2018

Watershed LRS can receive data from any Learning Record Provider following the xAPI specification and then display that data in a range of flexible reports, giving you actionable insights into the performance of your learners and learning materials.

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Ask the Expert: What’s a Certified Data Source?

By Andrew Downes | Mar 08, 2018

When you’re looking to buy a new learning technologies product (whether that’s an authoring tool, LMS, or something else), gaining a real understanding of its functionality and quality can be difficult. This is especially true of xAPI implementations. The product may say it implements xAPI, but what does that mean?

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Ask the Expert: Learning analytics platform, BI tool, or both?

By Andrew Downes | Feb 06, 2018

Many of our enterprise clients use Watershed’s learning analytics platform (LAP) alongside their organizations’ business intelligence tools to analyze and report on their learning and performance data. At first glance, there are many similarities between an LAP and a BI tool. But, as you look below the surface, you find significant differences that make the two product classes suited to different tasks as well as points of integration that make using these tools together both possible and fruitful.

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