Greater Philadelphia Chapter

Learning Technologies SIG

  • August 20, 2015
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Devereux Foundation, 444 Devereux Drive, Villanova, PA 19085


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Content Wrangling: Applying Content Strategy and Information Architecture

Program Description:

We have all experienced huge courses, documents, and texts that are barely manageable by the instructional designer. In fact, much of how we design courses and even our documents makes it impossible for an employee to find the one piece of information they need at the time they need it. Since content is so dense, it makes finding meaningful information difficult, and it makes tracking anything useful in it even more difficult.

In this session you will explore the big picture of what technology is capable of today. You will dive into practices that will extend the lifespan and reduce the headache of how we create and manage content. You will learn tips on how to create content that is easier to track, can be used in many different areas (including mobile), and helps to populate more meaningful reports (both for management and the designers). You will discuss the value that content management systems (CMS) and learning record stores (LRS) play in forward-looking technology infrastructures.


Novice to advanced designers, developers, project managers, and managers.      

Technology discussed in this session:

LMS, CMS, LRS, the xAPI.


About the Speaker:

Andrew Downes

Andrew Downes has a background in instructional design and development, creating learning content, experiences and platforms in both corporate and academic worlds.

Now an independant consultant with Watershed LRS, Andrew is a leading thinker in Evidence Driven Learning Strategy and Learning Systems Interoperability. Andrew helps organizations to develop learning strategies based on evidence and evaluation, working with vendors to get at data from the products those organizations use.

One of the authors of the Tin Can/Experience API (xAPI) specification and much of the content on, Andrew has delivered numerous presentations, webinars and training sessions internationally. Andrew is well recognized as a reliable expert in the Tin Can world.  

Andrew maintains a number of open source code projects including two Tin Can related Moodle plugins. He’s an active contributor to other open source projects and a member of open source LRS Learning Locker’s community governance board.


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