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Nick Washburn

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3-Steps to Modernizing Your Learning Technology (Without Replacing Your LMS)

Posted by Nick Washburn on December 8, 2016

 Considering replacing your LMS? You’re not alone! According to Brandon Hall, 66% of companies are currently looking for a new LMS. Their primary objectives?

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Topics: Elearning, L&D, Learning Record Store, Waypoints, xAPI, xAPI Reporting, storepoints, Modernization, Learning Technology, learning, Learnpoints

xAPI in Higher Education - it is Happening in the UK

Posted by Nick Washburn on June 17, 2016


It is happening again. The UK is showing America we stumbled on something good and they are helping improve it. American guitarist and songwriter, Joe Walsh, confesses that it was the Rolling Stones and others in the UK who showed him the music that was going on in his own backyard. Blues, R&B, and Rock-n-Roll were all art forms that started from Blues/Jazz in America. The Rolling Stones came to America in the early 60's to find their musical blues heroes broke and obscure here. The Stones revealed their American music heroes to the world and in so doing helped give them actual music careers. Maybe it is a leap to correlate xAPI and data interoperability to Rock and Roll and maybe not. I can hope for an xAPI invasion for Higher Ed in the US.

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Topics: Learning Division, JicDev, Jisc, TryxAPI, TryxAPI.com, xAPI

Localization for Learning and Development (L&D)

Posted by Nick Washburn on January 27, 2016

Localization improves user experience and having your content localized helps you to tailor content to learners by using their colloquialisms and avoiding any cultural sensitivities.

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Topics: Learning Division, Elearning, Learning and Development, Localization

Riptide Elements Waypoints: Inline Training for Web Based Software

Posted by Nick Washburn on January 7, 2016

With the proliferation of complex online services and web based software, training and documentation have become crucial in acquiring and retaining users. Enterprise web-based software need to train their users on how to use their software. That may seem like an obvious statement but providing effective, up-to-date software training for software applications is critical to people actually using the software so they can do their job.

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Topics: Configurable LMS Offering, Learning Division, Elearning, Experience API, ILT, instructor led training, Live, LMS Learning Environment, LRS, SUM, xAPI

7 Ways that LMS' Fail

Posted by Nick Washburn on September 29, 2015

With the Learning Management System (LMS) industry market on track to be worth $11.34 billion by 2020, the LMS is the most influential segment of  learning and development (L&D) market. In the medium to large business market there is a sense that the L&D function is gaining leverage within modern technology IT departments. The need to manage the e-learning process along with effective L&D programs has driven a growth in the LMS market but there is a growing list of dissatisfied customers in the legacy LMS status quo. Why? Because LMS’ have not changed with the times in some cases they have never actually finished the task of creating a complete offering.

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Topics: Learning Division, IMAO, L&D, LMS, LMS Learning Environment, Riptide Elements

Client Side xAPI Error Handling

Posted by Nick Washburn on September 14, 2015

The Riptide Elements team has recently implemented some platform solutions around building and storing xAPI statements with respect to our course ware. The primary issue was: what should happen when attempting to store an xAPI statement with an error or client connection loss? The problem is twofold -- one part being, statements can occasionally be created with malformed structure, and the second is a loss of user data when a bad statement prevents others from being stored to the LRS. To tackle this problem, the Elements engineering team got together to brainstorm some potential solutions.

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Topics: Learning Division, Elearning, "http://adlnet.gov/expapi/activities/module, LRS, TryxAPI, xAPI, xAPI Error Handling, xAPI Statement Example

ADL Adopts Riptide Learning LRS Conformance Test Suite

Posted by Nick Washburn on August 25, 2015

The Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative recently added Riptide’s LRS Test Suite to its list of resources available to the xAPI community. Riptide remains part of the original 22 person workgroup that created xAPI and continues to be part of the xAPI compliance workgroup.

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Topics: ADL, ADL Initiative, Advanced Distributed Learning, Learning Division, LRS, LRS Test Conformance, Uncategorized, xAPI

xAPI: Captivating Virtual Instruction for Training

Posted by Nick Washburn on August 17, 2015

Riptide has just completed  the Captivating Virtual Instruction for Training (CVIT) project for the University of Southern California (USC), Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT). USC are leaders in artificial intelligence, graphics, virtual reality (VR,) and narrative advance low-cost immersive techniques and technologies to solve problems facing service members, students, and society.

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Topics: ASA techniques, AWS Government Cloud, Learning Division, Government Purpose Rights, GPR, ICT, Institute for Creative Technologies, University of Southern California, USC, Virtual Instruction, xAPI

Riptide Elements Goes to xAPI Camp!

Posted by Nick Washburn on July 14, 2015

xAPI Camp isn’t your typical summer camp full of sing-a-longs, campfires, and hiking trails; it is a one-day event that draws in leaders and vendors in the learning products and xAPI field. The next one-day event takes place on July 27th and is hosted by Amazon in Seattle, Washington. Which is  a pretty big deal. This is the second time Riptide will be attending an xAPI Camp we are looking forward to seeing the familiar faces and meeting some new ones.

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Topics: Amazon, Amazon HQ, Learning Division, Events, Making Better, TryxAPI, xAPI Camp

John Delano to Speak at TRYxAPI Launch

Posted by Nick Washburn on May 5, 2015

I’m very happy to share that John Delano, CEO and Co-Founder of Saltbox, will be speaking at the TRYxAPI.com launch on May 16.

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Topics: Learning Division, Elearning, Raspian