Watershed's Direction: 2019 and Beyond

By David Ells | Aug 28, 2019

During our recent 2019 Watershed Insights Summit, we experienced an incredible opportunity to provide a platform for our clients to exchange ideas, both with us and with each other. As part of that opportunity, we achieved even more visibility into our clients’ worlds while also refining the vision that we share with them and the learning industry at large.

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xAPI Governance: Use a Flexible Learning Analytics Platform (Part 6)

By Andrew Downes | Jun 25, 2019

So far in our xAPI Governance series, we’ve looked at what you can do to protect against bad xAPI data and how you can fix it. This week, we explore how using a flexible learning analytics platform can help you work with imperfect data, reducing the impact of xAPI Governance failures.

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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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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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Making a Statement: The DoDI officially "commits" to xAPI

By Andrew Downes | Oct 19, 2017

On Oct. 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced some exciting news regarding the adoption of the Experience API (xAPI), publishing an instruction mandating xAPI implementation for its distance learning systems. That might not sound like a huge deal (especially if you don’t work with the U.S. military), but to understand why this is important for the L&D industry, let’s review SCORM's history and how a similar instruction published several years ago impacted its adoption across the e-learning industry.

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What’s New with xAPI 1.0.3?

By Andrew Downes | Sep 21, 2016

 xAPI version 1.0.3 was released today, representing the biggest step forward for the specification since 1.0.0 was released in April 2013. What's changed? What's the same? Find out right now.

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