How to Design Learning That Works [RECAP]

By Tim Dickinson | Apr 01, 2020

Designing learning that works, that’s designed for clear business and performance goals, is vital for the effectiveness of an L&D department. Good learning design can have a dramatic impact on your people and your organization because it leads to learning experiences that equip your people for what they need to do to succeed. That’s been the topic of this blog series and we hope you’ve found it helpful to equip you to become better at helping others become better. Here’s a recap—with links—to what we’ve covered.

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How to Change Learning Culture: Convincing the Naysayers

By Tim Dickinson | Mar 25, 2020

We hope you’ve found our blog series helpful so far in setting out an approach you can follow in the creation of learning programs to address a business goal. This approach is different from simply churning out courses to put content in front of the learner, and instead involves taking time to really analyze the business goal and how it might be achieved. This is a much more time-consuming process, but worth it for the results that can be achieved.

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How to Work Remotely and Actually Be Productive [GUIDE]

By Lizelle Holstein | Mar 17, 2020

Like many workplaces across the world, Watershed has temporarily closed its office doors and opted to work from home as a result of COVID-19. But unless you’ve spent time working remotely, it might be more difficult than you realize. And thanks to our company’s flexible work schedule, we already have experience when it comes to best practices for working remotely and staying connected.

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Learning Outcomes for Experts

By Tim Dickinson | Mar 04, 2020

As part of our BALDDIE instructional design method, you’ve identified your business goal and documented performance outcomes for what the workforce needs to do to meet that goal. Now it’s time to identify the learning outcomes that will support people to improve their performance.

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Setting the Right Performance Goals for Learning Programs

By Tim Dickinson | Feb 26, 2020

In our last blog post, we covered the first step of the BALDDIE instructional design method—identifying business goals with measurable KPIs to link to learning initiatives. Now it’s time for the second step, which is identifying what the workforce needs to do differently or better to drive those KPI and achieve that goal.

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How to Identify Good Business Goals for Learning Programs

By Tim Dickinson | Feb 20, 2020

Last week we set out the BALDDIE model of instructional design. And the first step in the model is defining the business goal that your learning program will be designed to address. This is a vital step, as targeting the wrong business goal (or no goal at all) will mean the rest of your design will be working toward the wrong target.

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Watershed’s BALDDIE Method for Instructional Design

By Andrew Downes | Feb 12, 2020

In the introduction to this blog series, we promised to unveil our learning design model, which we’ve designated as BALDDIE. Just as we created Watershed’s 7 Steps of Learning Evaluation based on our favorite parts of other popular learning measurement models, BALDDIE brings together elements of the methods we’ve covered in the last few posts. And so, without further ado, we give you the BALDDIE model for instructional design.

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What’s LEO’s Chain of Evidence Learning Evaluation Model?

By Rose Benedicks | Feb 05, 2020

LEO Learning’s Chain of Evidence is a learning model that lets you make meaningful connections between business impact, behavior, learning, and learners. It roughly maps to Kirkpatrick’s learning evaluation levels one to four; however, LEO’s model has been developed through practical experience to be more pragmatic in a blended learning context. As a result, the model is based on identifying a clear chain of evidence from learning engagement to business shift.

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Training Needs Analysis & Learning Evaluation Overview

By Peter Dobinson | Jan 23, 2020

We all know effective training plays a vital role in growing and sustaining a successful workforce and organization. But even the best designed, most comprehensive learning programs can fail if they don’t provide what learners actually need to improve and grow their skill sets.

And this is where training needs analysis can play an important role. When executed properly, this process helps ensure the right training is delivered to meet learners’ and organizational needs while enhancing learning evaluation efforts. Thus, when it’s time to measure the effectiveness of your program, this data-driven approach ensures you have the metrics needed for analysis. 

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Action Mapping Instructional Design & Learning Evaluation

By Andrew Downes | Dec 12, 2019

As we covered in the ADDIE model, it’s important to stay aligned with the business goals and outcomes as you develop and deliver learning. And one way to ensure you stay aligned is by mapping how each step of the design process fits into the bigger picture of the organization. In this post, we’ll introduce you to the basics of a relatively new technique in the instructional designer’s toolkit named action mapping, including examples of when learning evaluation might go awry when using this technique.

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