Tim Dickinson

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As Watershed’s Director of Learning Analytics Strategy, Tim Dickinson is skilled in leading organizations through strategic changes, getting positive results through learning analytics, and translating complex ideas and trends into easy-to-understand explanations.
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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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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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Why Is Learning Evaluation Hard?

By Tim Dickinson | Nov 21, 2019

I regularly speak with organizations about measuring the effectiveness of training. And I’ve noticed a common challenge among L&D teams—learning evaluation is difficult. But it doesn’t have to be. In this post we'll explore how asking one question can not only uncover gaps in your training, but also surface how to align your training in a more measurable way.

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How to Design Effective Training for Learning Evaluation & Analytics

By Tim Dickinson | Nov 11, 2019

We talk a lot about learning evaluation and measuring the effectiveness of training on the overall business. But how can we design effective training in the first place? And what do we even mean by effective training? Inspired by our annual Measuring the Business Impact of Learning survey, this blog series is aimed at instructional designers, their managers, and anyone else interested in designing a learning program, experience, or resource that’s easy to measure and evaluate.

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What Learning & Development Can Learn from Artificial Intelligence

By Tim Dickinson | Oct 16, 2019

Scalable learning is a key differentiator for modern enterprise business. And one way learning platforms are scaling learning is by using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in learning technology via content recommendations and personalized learning. But let’s be clear, I’m not here to talk about the “Netflix of Learning.”

Rather, by understanding how AI seeks to use algorithmic software solutions to recreate processes similar to those of a human brain, we can begin to understand how enterprise learning and development can evolve from these concepts.

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What Is a Learning Ecosystem?

By Tim Dickinson | Nov 28, 2018

Whether it's navigating a new town, train system, or even a shopping mall, most of us have used maps to pinpoint our location, examine routes to our intended destinations, and see what to expect along the way. And the same can be said for mapping out your learning ecosystem—because having a map is critical if you want to truly understand how and where your learners are receiving information. 

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How to Develop a Learning Ecosystem Strategy [Guide]

By Tim Dickinson | Aug 29, 2018

Designing and building new learning ecosystems can seem intimidating at first blush. Where do I start? Which key components should I consider? What’s my strategy? Answering everything on your own makes a challenging, but gratifying, task much harder. That’s why it’s important to make this process a team effort, involving the most important stakeholders to help you along the way. In that vain, we’ve invited Danny Abdo, vice president of solutions engineering at our partner, Degreed, to help provide some insight into how to strategically plan for and design a new learning ecosystem.

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