I often wonder why measuring learning has not always been required in our professional practice. Honestly, how do you know if your programs are any good if you do not measure them? Measuring learning is not that difficult. You simply determine the outcomes you expect from your learning program and measure against those outcomes. This should be a basic standard of professionalism in our field.
In fact, measuring learning is only difficult if: 1) you cannot determine what your outcomes should look like or, 2) you do not know what you did to make learning happen.
In my experience, both challenges are linked and addressed in learning design. It is in learning design that you clarify the outcomes you are looking for. It is in design that you create a plan to achieve the outcomes. Therefore, our professional practice of measurement is all about verifying design decisions. [Read more…]