How to Create L&D Objectives and Align Them With the Business

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The always-fluid corporate world has been rocked recently by a worldwide pandemic that spawned the “Great Resignation” and created a shortage of workers in nearly every field. As a result, learning and development has suddenly been thrust onto center stage. It has become obvious that learning and development objectives are key business objectives since: Businesses […]

Powerful Tips & Tactics for Evaluating Training Effectiveness

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Training effectiveness is defined by AIHR as, “The impact of training on the trainee’s knowledge, skills, performance, and the company’s ROI.”  It’s the overall goal of any training program. Training effort, budget, and time are wasted if your training doesn’t improve learners’ knowledge, skills and performance so that ROI is boosted.  To assess your training […]

How to Choose the Best Training Planning Tools

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Planning and scheduling training courses requires a balance between the big picture that considers corporate objectives and the close-up snapshot that manages the details of who, what, when, where and how.  Current best practices encourage a funnel approach to planning that starts broad and then narrows as you learn where the skill and knowledge gaps […]

Learning and Development Analytics: For Beginners to Experts

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Data is to a technology-driven society what dust is to the air. It’s ubiquitous. It’s huge beyond comprehension–and constantly changing.  In order to manage the overwhelming amount of data generated every minute, the science of data analytics was born. In general, data analytics is the qualitative and quantitative process of clarifying data sets in order […]

12 Needs Assessment Tools & Techniques to Support Them

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Learning and development professionals use tools and techniques to help them identify the skill and knowledge gaps in their organizations. Many training needs assessment techniques still rely on tried-and-true methods such as questionnaires, focus groups, job mapping and interviews.  However, increasing numbers of needs assessment tools for corporate training are now based on technology that […]

Learning Measurement: An Asset or a Liability for L&D?

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Learning measurement is a bit like flossing your teeth. Almost everyone–including executives, L&D team members, and other stakeholders–agrees it’s a good idea, but very few L&D teams do it consistently well. As a result, learning effectiveness measurement has often been viewed as a liability–the missing link in otherwise effective training initiatives. Learning designers worked hard […]

How to Conduct an Optimal Training Needs Analysis

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Think about it. In almost any situation, analyzing where you are, where you want to be, and how you plan to bridge that gap is a good thing. For example, if your short cut to avoid heavy traffic leaves you on a back road no GPS recognizes, then taking stock of the situation helps more […]