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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ADDIE: A 5-Step Process for Effective Training & Learning Evaluation

By Andrew Downes | Dec 05, 2019

In our previous blog post, we explained the challenges associated with learning evaluation. Simply put, when training isn't properly designed with specific goals in mind, it's nearly impossible to actually evaluate effectiveness or impact on overall organizational goals. In this post we’ll explore the five stages of the ADDIE model of instructional design—analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation—and how this process can help or hurt your learning evaluation methods.

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Why Is Learning Evaluation So 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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Barriers in Measuring the Business Impact of Learning

By Lizelle Holstein | Oct 30, 2019

We’re entering the fourth year of our Measuring the Business Impact of Learning benchmarking survey with LEO Learning and Learning Technologies Group (LTG). That's why we’re excited to co-host a webinar on Tuesday, Nov. 5 to reflect on the results so far—specifically the biggest barriers in measurement planning and implementation, and how to overcome them.  

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Learning Evaluation & Pheromone Analytics

By Watershed Team | Oct 03, 2019

What do learning evaluation and ants have in common? Find out more about pheromone analytics and how they can help put learners on the right learning path.

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What Is Learning Evaluation?

By Abbey Smith | Jun 04, 2018

Knowing how to aggregate and evaluate all types of learning is a priority for many learning and development practitioners. In fact, many say there's a growing demand from their organizations to show L&D’s impact across the organization. But due to challenges, such as employees using multiple avenues for learning, many practitioners find it challenging to measure and communicate the value of their learning programs.

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How to Create a Learning Evaluation Strategy with xAPI

By Lizelle Holstein | May 15, 2018

Designing a learning measurement strategy with xAPI takes time and planning, but do you know where to start? In this blog post, we’ll explain the basics and give you a guide to get the ball rolling.

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Watershed's 7 Steps of Learning Evaluation

By Andrew Downes | Apr 11, 2018

Out of the dozens of different learning evaluation models currently in practice, which one is right for you? Turns out, you don't have to limit yourself to just one.  

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