Connect Example E-Learning Course to Watershed Essentials

Watershed Essentials delivers basic insights and is designed for L&D practitioners who want to start tracking and exploring learning outside an LMS. The platform not only allows multiple options for getting data in and showing progress, but also serves as a foundation for organizations to build toward more robust learning analytics in the future. Additional product features include dashboard reporting and preconfigured reports that answer common questions about learners and their activities. 

This guide walks you through connecting an example e-learning course we provide to Watershed Essentials (or any Watershed account):

Connecting the Example E-Learning Course

  1. In your Watershed account, go to the xAPI Data Sources section of the Data page. 
  2. In a separate tab, go to configure our example e-learning course launcher:
  3. In Watershed, click the Add Activity Provider button. A new Unnamed Provider will be added to the list of Activity Providers: 
  4. Copy the URL in the Watershed LRS Endpoint box and paste it into the Endpoint box in the example e-learning course launcher:
  5. Paste the Key and Secret from the new Unnamed Provider row in Watershed into the Key and Secret box in the example e-learning course launcher:
  6. Click Edit next to the new Unnamed Provider, and rename it Example E-Learning Course. Click Save after you've renamed it: 
  7. In the Actor box, add your name to the Name box and change the mbox email address to yours: 
  8. Skip the Object and Registration boxes, and click Launch at the bottom of the page.
  9. You'll begin the example e-learning course which--lucky for you--is about golf. Click Next a few times at the bottom of the screen. Around 15 screens through the course, you'll reach an assessment. Answer some of the questions and click Submit.

Viewing Data from Example E-Learning Course in Watershed Essentials

After you've connected the example e-learning course to Watershed and gone through the course, you'll be able to see data in Watershed Essentials a few places.

The Essentials Dashboard

  • The Activities Report shows what activities are being sent to Watershed and the number of interactions your learners have had with each. For this example e-learning course, the Activities should be related to the example course and the assessment (assuming you went through the entire course and assessment). Typically each slide in a traditional LMS course and each question are considered unique activities. 
  • The People Report shows all of the people that are being sent to your Watershed account and the number of interactions they've had with your learning content. If you've gone through the example e-learning course, you should see your name with the number of interactions you made with the example course.
  • The Actions Report shows what actions (combination of verb and activity) are being interacted with the most in your account. If you only go through the example e-learning course once, you'll see a list of actions with 1 interaction each.
  • The Interactions by Data Source Report shows which data sources are sending the most interactions to your Watershed account. If you have only sent statements from your example e-learning course, you'll only see whatever you named the data source on the Data page.
  • The Data Sources Report shows similar information, but represented as a pie chart. 
  • The Interactions Report is a raw stream of interactions from all of your data sources. If the most recent thing you've done is go through your example e-learning course, then you'll see the all of them at the top.

Viewing Raw xAPI Data from the Example E-Learning Course in Watershed Essentials

After you've connected the example e-learning course to Watershed and gone through the course, you'll be able to see raw xAPI data in Watershed Essentials.

On the Data page, go to the Debug menu. This is a stream of xAPI statements displayed in the order that Watershed received them (the most recent statements are first). If you just completed the example e-learning course, you should see your statements at the top of this section. Click the arrow next to the statement name to view the full xAPI statement.

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