Over the years we have discussed why surveys are a poor measurement for learning. The prime reason is because they collect self-reported data. Surveys ask participants what they think, believe, or feel about training (its content or usefulness). They provide no evidence of actual learning gains or application. Surveys have their place in gathering the […]
For eight years, Chief Learning Officer magazine has honored top L&D organizations with their LearningElite awards. They say these awards go to “organizations that employ exemplary workforce development strategies that deliver significant business results.” The process is rigorous and peer-reviewed. The ultimate winner is chosen after the top five competitors compete in a final capstone […]
To run any successful business, there are a few things that must be done. You need to: Ensure you have a product or service that supplies a need Focus on production, distribution, and marketing Expertly manage your finances and resources To run a learning department or business, the means for success are the same. Specifically, […]
In our blog, we focus a lot on learning objectives and evaluations because these two things connect where we are going (objectives) and how we will know when we get there (evaluations). But, in between those two stages, comes a very important element: instructional methods. After the goal and the learning objectives of a program […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In my last post, I noted there are lots of data points we measure in our learning programs. Yet most fail to answer the questions that our stakeholders want answered. This week, we’ll dive deeper into that and figure out how to change it.
Everyone talks about the need to show learning program data that proves the impact of our efforts. Learning conferences, blogs, and meetings are filled with discussions on providing data to senior management. But for all this talk, what sort of progress are we making?