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Ti s Elearning! August / September 2016 47 LMS BY NICK WASHBURN Considering replacing your LMS? You're not alone! Ac- cording to Brandon Hall, 66% of companies are currently looking for a new LMS. eir objectives? Better data and in- tegrations, mobile capabilities, and enhanced reporting. But what if you didn't necessar- ily need to replace your LMS to achieve those goals? What if you could find a flexible technology solution that worked with and around your LMS? Welcome to the modern learning ecosystem. STEP 1: IMPLEMENT A LEARNING RECORD STORE (LRS) AND EXPERIENCE API (XAPI) What is a Learning Record Store? An LRS is a database that collects and stores millions of learning actions from your train- ing. xAPI is a simple data format that technology applications can use to record experiences. It can produce an activity stream (I, did, this), with timestamps second by second, of what hap- pens during learning events. By using an LRS alongside an exist- ing LMS, companies are now able to get the training data they have been missing for years and more importantly, integrate that data throughout their enterprise ecosystem including their LMS, HRIS, TMS, and PMS. All of your current/legacy training can be xAPI enabled as well as new training. STEP 2: USE A NEXT-GENERATION COURSEWARE THAT IS DEVICE AGNOSTIC, INTERACTIVE, AND XAPI ENABLED Interactive Courseware - Most companies are well aware their training needs to be delivered via today's most used technolo- gies on the mobile smartphone, tablet, and PC. In fact 88% of companies are looking to im- prove their learner experience and to get better reporting from it. But unfortunately most LMSs are still adapting to the rapid advance of technology and still have not solved the problems around any device learning. e good news is there are now mo- bile and xAPI enabled course- ware products like Riptide Ele- ments that allows you to deliver your courses to any device and in any language while working with your LMS to be compatible to current processes. In-line Training Course- ware - As more and more companies have business critical soware running their companies and being used by their customers, training new employees and users in how to use their soware effectively and efficiently has become key to business performance. New tools like Riptide's Waypoints in-line training with compe- tency based assessments allows you to make onboarding and training a native experience within your own soware to test and track exactly how well users learn how to use it. STEP 3: LEVERAGE DATA VISUALIZATION AND PERFORMANCE ANALYTICS TO COMMUNICATE KPIS AND ROI Tapping into the full potential of a Learning Record Store, Riptide's Performance Analyt- ics soware brings L&D lead- ers the actionable data to show clear and simple ROI to the C-Suite, to Performance Man- agers, and to their Instructional Designers. HOW CAN YOU GET STARTED IN TAKING THESE 3 STEPS? e best way to start is to pri- oritize what you want to do first, establish success criteria, and prove the principle with a pilot implementation. Ready to get started? Visit Riptide- Learning.com to request a free learning technology consulta- tion today. -- Nick Washburn is Director of Learning at Riptide So- ware. Contact him at nick. washburn@riptidesoware. com 3 Steps to Help Modernize Your Learning Technology (without needing to replace your LMS) p Tips

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