Learning happens everywhere—across multiple systems and offline experiences—and we simply can’t track all of it. That’s why you need to choose the most important experiences to target first, and then tackle them one by one.
Identify distributed learning experiences.
The first step is to pinpoint the learning programs or areas that you want to explore further. This might be:
Distributed Learning Activities
Perhaps you’re creating an L&D program to support the sales team for the launch of a new product line. Where else might the sales team learn about the product outside of your program?
Core Competencies & Skills
Perhaps you already know about a resource learners use to develop core competencies. Alternatively, you may want to track a particular type of experience to see what skills and competencies are being developed.
Organizational Goals & Priorities
Do you want to explore any particular areas that are relevant to your organization's overall strategic priorities?
Regardless of your motivation for wanting to collect data about specific experiences, it’s important to make sure you know what you want to track and why. Otherwise, you may be wasting time and resources.
If necessary, talk to or survey people in your organization about where they think informal training takes place. In addition to developing a list of potential trackable experiences, you'll get a better understanding of where and how these experiences are happening.
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