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Global Brands Adopt New E-Learning Technology to Drive Business Decisions in a Way That Wasn't Possible Before

May 5, 2014

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) May 05, 2014

Six very different organizations are using new e-learning technology to discover insights about their people and training programs that weren't possible before. They're using a new e-learning technology by Rustici Software called Watershed LRS to identify correlations between learning activities and the effects that they have on people's job performance.

To show the capabilities of the Watershed LRS, Rustici Software created a program called Watershed First that accepted applications from organizations interested in measuring the effectiveness of their training programs.

More than 100 applicants applied to be part of the Watershed First program and Rustici Software chose 6 to participate. Catholic Relief Services, Devereux, HealthStream, PANDORA, UK National Health Service, and Yum! Brands (KFC) were all selected.

How does Watershed work?

While organizations have been tracking learning and training data for years, input and output have been confined to Learning Management Systems and reporting functionality was limited. Watershed uses a new technology called the Tin Can API that allows organizations to track learning activities anywhere they happen -- online, offline, simulations, in-person, games, and more -- and see all of these activities in one central place, a Learning Record Store (LRS).

Why does this matter? Now, training data, HR data, CRM data, and even real-world experiences can be linked in a way never before possible. By collecting and connecting these different types of user activities, companies can now correlate training initiatives to improved performance. These correlations allow them to invest in training programs that positively affect the success of their organizations.

What are the Watershed First participants learning about their organizations?

   •  Catholic Relief Services: The impact of various training activities on performance during emergency situations.

   •  Devereux: The relationships between skills training plus performance monitoring and treatment outcomes.

   •  HealthStream: How aggregating more detailed levels of data from courseware can improve training effectiveness and engagement models at U.S. healthcare organizations.

   •  National Health Service (UK): Introducing new trackable training methods, and correlating all training to patient satisfaction.

   •  PANDORA: How learning activities will impact the sales of new product line in specific stores, and by specific associates.

   •  Yum! Brands (KFC): How various activities and training affect successful implementation of new store management systems.

"We're really excited to see our vision for Watershed LRS and the Tin Can API taking hold. We weren't sure how many applications we'd receive for Watershed First, but the response has been astounding. The participating organizations are paving the way for the future of e-learning."

-- Mike Rustici, president, Rustici Software

For more information about the Watershed LRS program, please visit

About Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in nearly 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality.

About Devereux

Devereux is a leading nonprofit behavioral healthcare organization that supports many of the most underserved and vulnerable members of our communities. Founded in 1912 by Helena Devereux, we operate a comprehensive national network of clinical, therapeutic, educational, and employment programs and services and public education and prevention initiatives that positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of individuals and families every year. We help empower children and adults with intellectual, emotional, developmental, and behavioral challenges to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives.

About HealthStream

HealthStream is dedicated to improving patient outcomes through the development of healthcare organizations' greatest asset: their people. Our unified suite of software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions is contracted by, collectively, approximately 3.85 million healthcare employees in the U.S. for workforce development, training & learning management, talent management, performance assessment, and managing simulation-based education programs. Our research solutions provide valuable insight to healthcare providers to meet HCAHPS requirements, improve patient experience, engage their workforce, and enhance physician alignment. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, HealthStream has additional offices in Laurel, Maryland, Brentwood, Tennessee, Pensacola, Florida, and Jericho, New York. For more information, call 800-933-9293.

About National Health Services (NHS)

The National Health Service is one of the most efficient and egalitarian publicly-funded health services in the world. NHS services covers everything from antenatal screening and routine treatments for long-term conditions, to transplants, emergency treatment, and end-of-life care. Access to NHS services are based on clinical need and not an individual's ability to pay. The NHS employs over 1.3 million people in England alone who aspire to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism. The NHS is also responsible for the education and training of the next generation of healthcare professionals.


PANDORA designs, manufactures and markets hand-finished and modern jewellery made from genuine materials at affordable prices. PANDORA jewellery is sold in more than 80 countries on six continents through approximately 10,300 points of sale, including approximately 1,100 concept stores. Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, PANDORA employs over 8,500 people worldwide of whom 5,900 are located in Gemopolis, Thailand, where the company manufactures its jewellery. PANDORA is publicly listed on the NASDAQ OMX Copenhagen stock exchange in Denmark. In 2013, PANDORA's total revenue was DKK 9.0 billion (approximately EUR 1.2 billion).

About Yum! Brands, Inc.

Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 40,000 restaurants in more than 130 countries and territories. Yum! Brands is ranked #201 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of over $13 billion in 2012 and in 2013 was named among the top 100 Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. The Company's restaurant brands - KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell - are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories.

About Rustici Software

Rustici Software builds software solutions that support e-learning standards like SCORM, Tin Can API and AICC. These standards help Learning Management Systems and content providers around the globe play well together. Rustici Software wrote and defined the initial draft of the Tin Can API, and now they help companies learn things about themselves that they never thought possible.

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