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Essentials LRS Free

Track and explore your learning data for free.

Welcome to Watershed Essentials

The modern learning ecosystem is no longer just an idea—it’s finally plug-and-play.

Watershed Essentials is our most basic solution to start tracking and exploring learning outside an LMS. It allows multiple options for getting data in and showing progress while providing bumpers so you don’t drown in the data or reporting.  

And yes, it really is free to get started.

Watershed Essentials Learning Record Store Dashboard

Who can use Essentials LRS?

xAPI Enthusiasts

Essentials has a fully xAPI conformant LRS so developers can utilize tools for:

  • Debugging
  • Data search
  • Data stats
  • Deployment & testing of xAPI tools
L&D Practitioners

Answer questions about learners and their activities with out-of-the-box functionality, such as:

  • A preconfigured reporting dashboard
  • Drill-down reports
  • Report search
  • External & internal learner tracking


Watershed Essentials is an LRS with basic reporting capability. It's intended to help you lay the foundation on the path toward more robust learning and training analysis.


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Included in Essentials Free:

  • Unlimited Statements 
  • Tracking unlimited learners
  • Reporting on up to 300 learners 
  • Dashboard with demo data to get started 
  • Out-of-the-box functionality
  • Prebuilt reports
  • Data export in CSV or JSON format 
  • Self-serve knowledge base
  • Developer tools

Collect your data now, before it’s lost.

What's the Catch?

There’s no catch. We wanted to provide a free LRS for those just getting started with xAPI. But, a standalone LRS doesn’t do much good, so we also added a basic reporting layer to help visualize your data.

Essentials was designed to get you started with xAPI or learning analytics. Use it as a:

  • fully xAPI conformant repository for your data until you’re ready to use it
  • test engine for your xAPI content or data
  • snapshot view of organizational learning and activities
  • stepping stone to getting started with learning analytics

If you exceed the free quota for reporting, Essentials will still track and collect all statements for free, but all your learners may not show up in your reports.


Reporting Add-Ons

To explore beyond the included reported-on learner cap, you can add additional learner packs.

500 Learner Pack 

Add an additional 500 learners to display in reports.  

$0.50 per learner


1,000 Learner Pack

Add an additional 1,000 learners to display in reports.

$0.40 per learner


5,000 Learner Pack

Add an additional 5,000 learners to display in reports.

$0.35 per learner


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