Distributed Learning & Prioritization: Identify (Step 1)

     

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.

Distributed learning happens everywhere.

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.

Up Next: Track Distributed Learning Activities

Now that you know how to identify the experiences you want to track, we’ll show you how to make it happen. And be sure to sign up for our blog to receive updates, industry news, and more.


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About The Author

As one of the authors of xAPI, Andrew Downes has years of expertise in data-driven learning design. And, with a background in instructional design and development, he’s well versed in creating learning experiences and platforms in both corporate and academic environments.