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Root Cause Analysis for eLearning Objectives

When everything is functioning well with learning and training in your company, here’s what it looks like: Your company’s business goals are well-defined in terms of where you want to be. You benchmark and track the performance levels needed to get there. When performance reality doesn’t match up with performance goals, you identify the gaps and then create learning and training programs to fill those gaps. Sounds easy, right? But the devil, as they say, is in the details. The biggest hang-up in the process for most companies comes in the form of accurately identifying what is needed to bridge performance gaps – the needs analysis. In this article, I’ll explain how you can use root cause analysis to identify what’s behind performance gaps in order to more accurately shape your eLearning objectives. Continue reading

eLearning Evaluation Alternatives: Beyond Kirkpatrick

Effective eLearning evaluation is one of the most critical aspects of making sure your learning and training programs do what you need them to do: Improve the skills and knowledge of employees in a way that has a positive impact on the company’s bottom line. I spent a good deal of time investigating the Kirkpatrick Model for learning evaluation, which was around long before eLearning appeared. It applies well to any kind of learning, and is still recognized by many as the gold standard for evaluation. But there are other eLearning evaluation alternatives available for those who want to try something different. Continue reading

Leveraging LMS Reporting for Better eLearning Results

Just about every learning management system (LMS) includes a reporting function. In the early days, LMS reports were mostly focused on participation and completion rates. Companies wanted to know if their learners were taking the courses and completing them. But LMS reporting has come a long way since then. Depending on the robustness of the report options in your LMS, you could be leveraging LMS reports to get better eLearning results. Continue reading

eLearning Outsourcing to Get the Job Done

If your company is on the smaller end of the business landscape, getting started with eLearning for your employees can feel like a daunting task. After all, you probably don’t have a whole learning department at your disposal. One route you can take is to take the time to find existing eLearning courses and modules that fit your needs, which I just wrote about in my previous article, eLearning Content Curation. But if you really want to produce original content for your company’s unique context and needs, you can still do it with eLearning outsourcing. This article will explain what aspects of eLearning are good for outsourcing and how to find and hire the freelancers who can do it for you. Continue reading

3 Big eLearning Myths Busted

eLearning seems to have become a permanent fact in the corporate landscape. And yet there are still lots of companies who haven’t fully engaged it. Perhaps they’ve been skeptical of it from the start, thinking it might be passing fad. I think it’s safe to say it is not just the latest trend doomed to sink away into obscurity. More likely is that they’ve heard something or read something that makes it sound like eLearning isn’t as effective as people want to believe. This article will take a look at 3 big eLearning myths and bust them each wide open to give you the truth about eLearning. Continue reading

eLearning Content Curation at Your Company

With the proliferation of so many excellent bits and pieces of learning content available through the Internet, some companies have gone the unfortunate route of what might be called “unlimited content.” They pack the company LMS with articles, videos, podcasts, courses and other resources that seem at least marginally useful in some way. And then they wonder why nobody is looking at any of it. No one in their right mind is going to waste valuable time trying to figure out what’s in there that they might actually need. You’ve created a monster that scares people away. The problem with this approach is the classic quantity-quality dilemma. If you err on the side quantity, then your learners will be too overwhelmed. You need to balance quantity with quality in what you make available to learners. The way to do this is through eLearning content curation. Continue reading

How Big Data Informs eLearning

It may feel like the phrase “Big Data” hasn’t been in the headlines as much as it was a few years ago, but that’s only because it’s now a mainstream concept instead of being something new. Despite this, there are surprisingly few companies who are really making the most of big data. It’s a shame, because with so many rich sources available to companies of all sizes, nearly every aspect of a business can benefit from making good use of data. In this article, I’ll describe some ways big data informs eLearning, if leveraged correctly. Continue reading

Improve Your Company Induction Process

Whether you call it your company induction process, onboarding, or new hire orientation training, it all means the same thing: What your company does with new employees in their first days and weeks is going to determine whether they stick around to become loyal, productive workers or quickly leave to find a job elsewhere. It should go without saying that you want to get this induction process right, and yet only 32% of companies even have a formal program! In this article I’ll outline a number of ways to improve your company induction process. Continue reading

What Do You Do to Improve Your Knowledge? Sticky eLearning!

Whether a person is looking to up their skills or knowledge on their own or your company wants to provide better training and learning programs to increase the productivity of employees, one of the core goals has to be learning retention. In this article I’ll go over all the key ingredients that go into making your eLearning content stick, which is why I call it sticky eLearning! Continue reading

Business Goals Examples for Employees: Better eLearning

If you want your company’s eLearning efforts to have tangible impacts on the bottom line, the best place to start is aligning training and learning objectives with business goals. This critical alignment task has been mentioned in a variety of past articles, including business goals examples for employees to get eLearning results. Be sure to check out these previous articles:

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