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Instructional Design

Learning Process or Learning Outcome—Where Do You Focus?

As a learning professional, has most of your work life been focused on the learning process or the learning outcome? If we’re honest, most of us would say much of our energy has been spent on the process. We focus more on the steps between the training request and course delivery than we do on

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Instructional Design

Is It True That Soft Skills Are Harder to Define and Measure?

Easy to spot. Hard to teach. Most learning professionals understand the challenges with helping people learn soft skills. You know the type of skills I mean — those that support working with others. These skills cover areas such as communication, teamwork, and interpersonal relationships. The development of these types of skills remains a hot topic

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Instructional Design

It’s Not About Measurement; It’s About Professionalism In Learning

Recently while presenting to a local ATD group, I asked the attendees if they felt measuring learning was an important part of professional practice. All 50 learning professionals in attendance raised their hand. Next I asked, “How many of you conduct learning measurement at your company?” Only half the attendees raised their hand. That result

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Instructional Design

Bloom’s Taxonomy Is Essential for Measurable Learning

Most learning professionals have heard of Bloom’s Taxonomy (BT), the set of three hierarchical models that classify learning objectives into levels of difficulty. The first volume of the taxonomy was published in 1956. Since that time, the three domains addressed in BT (cognitive, affective, and psychomotor) have been used in both traditional education and training

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Instructional Design

Brace for Impact — Why an Impact Model Must Be the Basis of Your Learning Design

For learning programs to matter, they must make an impact. What does that mean? It means that learning must make a measurable, discernible difference to an organization. Measures of perception or opinion don’t reveal the difference. Hard data and metric changes do. That’s why choosing an impact measurement model is the best choice.

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Instructional Design

Good Design Enables Good Measurement

Learning programs can be measured—but only if they are designed to be measured. It’s good design that enables measurement. So the necessary question becomes: What makes for good design?

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To Create Change In Your Organization, Do This First

I recently watched this video from Chief Learning Officer magazine. In it, Michael Nehoray, PhD, VP, Head of Global Learning and Organization Development at Mattel describes Mattel’s process for grooming leaders within the company. However, he mentions one thing rarely discussed in the professional learning and development field. He says, “You create change through a

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Instructional Design

Learning Professionals, Own Your Expertise

“Expert skill or knowledge in a particular field.” That’s the definition of expertise. Many learning and development (L&D) practitioners landed in this profession because of their expertise. Companies often conscript people gifted in a certain area to become teachers and trainers of others. That mainly happens because learning programs are tied to a particular subject.

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Learning pros must earn a place at the executive table
Instructional Design

How Can Learning Professionals Earn A Seat At The Executive Table?

Leaders sit at the executive table. They provide information valuable to running the business. They are the top minds in an organization. From their area of expertise, they create strategies. Those strategies improve outcomes and help the business reach its goals. Each comes from a different discipline—sales, marketing, engineering, and so on. From their realm

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