Come hungry; leave smarter.

Saturday Seminar – May 12, 2018.

Building a Modern Learning Ecosystem & Improving Knowledge Transfer in Three Stages

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Presentation 1: Building a Modern Learning Ecosystem with Experience API and Learning Record Stores

The state of learning data architecture has shifted dramatically during the past three years.

The introduction of technologies, such as Experience API (xAPI) and Learning Record Stores (LRSs), has revolutionized what’s possible in delivering, tracking, and evaluating learning and performance.

Join Mike Rustici, the co-creator of xAPI and the LRS, as he leads a conversation about current xAPI usage, learning analytics, and approaches to building a modern learning ecosystem.

Together we will:

  • Review new ways to track and evaluate the impact of learning on the business by harnessing the power of xAPI and an LRS.

  • Explore real-world examples of how real companies have built modern learning ecosystems to measure impact across the organization.

  • Examine design patterns and best practices of xAPI implementations.

Your Presenter: Mike Rustici

An innovative software developer turned entrepreneur, Mike Rustici has been defining the e-learning industry for nearly 20 years.

After cofounding Rustici Software in 2002, Mike helped guide the first draft of the Tin Can API (xAPI) and invented the concept of a LRS —revolutionizing the Learning & Development world.

In 2013, he delivered on the promise of Tin Can with the creation of Watershed, the flagship LRS that bridges the gap between training and performance.

When Rustici Software was acquired by Learning Technologies Group (LTG) in 2016, Mike became the CEO of Watershed, where he continues to be an expert in the area of e-learning conformance as well as learning and development analytics for the measurement and evaluation of learning.

Mike is a frequent guest speaker and has presented at more than 40 events worldwide on topics ranging from disruptive technology and performance improvement to company culture and business innovation.

Presentation 2: Improving Knowledge Transfer in Three Stages: Before, During, and After

We don’t train just to train. We train to change on-the-job behavior and, in turn, improve performance and business results. Factors that affect learning transfer (like trainee’s motivation, the trainer’s competency, the learning environment, and the corporate culture) shouldn’t only be addressed in the training itself. This is the first stage in taking a comprehensive approach BEFORE, DURING and AFTER training to improve the likelihood of learning transfer.

What you can do BEFORE training

Improve the likelihood of learning transfer BEFORE the learner ever sets foot in a classroom or launches an eLearning course by taking a user-centered approach to your learning design.

In this session, Jennifer Christian will walk you through her experience engineering a user-centered design approach to create the Learning Advisor -- an onboarding tool that delivers personalized training to new Farmers® agents.

You’ll learn how BEFORE training you can:

  • Get to know and EMPATHIZE with the learner perspective.

  • Clearly align business needs and DEFINE learning outcomes.

  • IDEATE solutions that learners would view as quality, relevant, and easy-to-use.

  • PROTOTYPE and TEST for feedback to ensure the solution is the right fit.

Your Presenter: Jennifer Christian

Jennifer Christian is the Director of Curriculum Design and Development at the award-winning University of Farmers® employees and agents. Training topics include product, sales, service, leadership, management, and professional skills. Solutions range from classroom, online modules, guided learning journeys, webinars, videos, podcasts, performance support, simulations, learning communities, and other experiential learning events. Jennifer's team implements agile learning and design thinking to deliver quality, relevant, and easy-to-use learning solutions that align to Farmers strategy and drive business results.

Jennifer is a life-long learner herself and has been in the L&D industry for 15+ years. Her work has received multiple awards for Excellence in Practice from ATD and she holds certificates in Designing Learning, Performance Counseling, Performance Improvement, and Process Improvement.

Event Details

Complimentary breakfast and lunch are included.

At ISPI-LA, “Come Hungry…Leave Smarter.”


  • Check-in begins at 8:30am, coffee and breakfast served

  • Opening Announcements from 9:00 – 9:15am

  •  First session from 9:15 – 10:30am

  • Short break from 10:30 – 10:45am

  • Second session from 10:45 – 11:45am

  • Closing announcements 11:45 – 12:00pm

  • Lunch 12:00 pm-1:00pm (included with program)


Antioch University Campus
400 Corporate Pointe, Room A1006
Culver City, CA 90230

Antioch University Campus is located at 400 Corporate Pointe, off of Slauson Blvd, a few blocks from the 405 Freeway. The meeting will be held in Room A1006 on the main level. Enter the lobby and room A1006 will be on the left, past the student lounge.

Park in the parking garage for 400 Corporate Pointe, on level 6 or 7. The entrance to the campus is from the 4th floor of the parking garage, across the courtyard and through the glass doors the Lobby.

Bring your ticket to the Campus Security Office, near the meeting room, to obtain discounted parking for $7. The office accepts cash and checks only.

Campus Map

Map and directions are available here.

We look forward to seeing you “Come Hungry…Leave Smarter”!

For your convenience, you can pay with a credit card or bring a check to the meeting.

Event Location

Antioch University
400 Corporate Pointe
Culver City, CA 90230

Event Fees:

REG | ATD LA/OC Member Reduced Rate $ 25.00

REG | Non-Member Rate $ 35.00

ISPI-LA Member (Be sure to register) FREE

Registration is closed for this event.

For more information or questions, please email:
ISPI - Los Angeles Chapter