Who was there?
NICK WASHBURN (Director, Learning Division, Riptide)
Currently the Director of the Riptide Learning Division, Nick Washburn has over 20 years of experience working with hi-tech entrepreneurs, distance learning, and for some of the world’s top brands. Riptide Elements® is a device agnostic, multi-language learning solution for the international market, recognized in 2015 by Brandon Hall Group for Best Advance in Learning Management Technology. Riptide learning product development aligns with the goals of the ADL Initiative, and Nick is listed as a member of the workgroup that created xAPI. Elements core product features and client case studies provide xAPI/LRS strategies for today’s learning enterprise. Since 2005, Nick has led the development of award-winning distance learning solutions used by Fortune 50/500 and U.S. DoD.
JANET LAANE EFFRON (Data Scientist, HT2)
Janet is a Data Scientist who focuses on the creation of effective learning experiences through iterative processes, data-driven feedback loops, and the application of best practices in instructional design. Interest areas include collaborative work and learning, effective use of technology, Information Science, applied Cognitive Science and Game Design Principles. Current work includes the development of data and analytics practices and methodologies to support course improvement and learner engagement. Recent work includes Cognitive Presence analysis, Text Analytics, xAPI design projects related to learner experience and performance, as well as co-creating the Designing for Data MOOC and course development for learnxAPI.com.
SEAN PUTMAN (VP, Learning and Development, Altair Engineering)
Sean Putman, the Vice President of Learning Development for Altair Engineering and the Owner of Intellectus Learning, has been an instructor, instructional designer, and developer for over 15 years. He has spent his career designing and developing training programs, both instructor-led and online, for many different industries. Sean has also spent the last few years focusing on the use and deployment of the Experience API and its affect on learning interventions. Sean has spoken at many industry conferences on xAPI and related topics.
ROBERT GADD (President, OnPoint Digital)
Robert Gadd is President of OnPoint Digital and responsible for OnPoint’s vision and strategy. OnPoint’s online and mobile-enabled offerings support more than one million workers and include innovative methods for content authoring, conversion, and delivery extended with social interactions, game mechanics and enterprise-grade security for workers on any device. Prior to OnPoint, Mr. Gadd spent ten years as CTO of Datatec Systems and President/CTO of spin-off eDeploy.com. Mr. Gadd is a frequent speaker on learning solutions including mobile, informal learning, gamification and xAPI at industry conferences. He was also co-host of the “This Week in mLearning” podcast currently on hiatus.
ROB HOUCK (CTO, Learnshare)
Since 2003, Rob Houck has provided a strategic direction for the architecture of LearnShare’s technology products, as well as managing the software design, development, and support of all of the technology products and services of LearnShare. Under his leadership, LearnShare technology products have been implemented for over 2.8 million users in 73 organizations.
AARON E. SILVERS (CO-ORGANIZER)
Aaron E. Silvers (@aaronesilvers) is a designer, technologist and strategist. He’s helped learning technologies like SCORM and the Experience API (xAPI) find massive adoption. Through MakingBetter Aaron helps companies make full use of xAPI. He is the co-founder and co-organizer of the seminal community, “Up to All of Us.” Aaron led the IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee researching how to best standardize xAPI. The result is the creation of the Data Interoperability Standards Consortium (DISC) – a consortium to steer xAPI’s growth and evolution, its associated specifications and best practices.
MEGAN BOWE (CO-ORGANIZER)
Megan Bowe (@meganbowe) is a learning technology product manager, turned standards evangelist and data strategist. Megan works on projects that need a wide angle lens to focus on learning, data portability, and formative analysis.Through MakingBetter, Megan helps people design reporting, data strategy, and products. At Knewton, Megan managed APIs and integration strategies bringing adaptivity into various learning applications. At Rustici Software, Megan helped to launch the Experience API working with the earliest of adopters on design and implementation. She co-created “Up to All of Us,” a community focusing on advancing learning, design, and technology. In 2014, Megan helped launch the Connections Forum with Aaron Silvers to bridge the gaps for practitioners between learning & education, design, data and technology.