Voices and Views: March
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Evaluation is an important part of developing an e-learning program.
When evaluating a program, organizations should focus on the learner and the content, says Your Training Edge.
“The content of your evaluation can cover traditional bases, that is, did the learner find the content useful and engaging?” writes Brian Nielson, publisher and managing editor. “But instead of talking about an instructor, substitute the system itself. What was the learner’s immediate reaction to the accessibility of the system?”
Learner data can be obtained via the LMS. For example, how many learners completed the course and received a grade?
“The best thing to remember with evaluation is that you should use all of the data you collect in order to modify your program – and make it effective for the organization and its learners,” Nielson said.
That’s because first impressions are important. What do your clothes say about your personal brand?
Another trick: Eat before you meet. Networking events usually provide food, but often there are long lines. And there’s usually alcohol, which can be a disaster without food. But make sure the meal is balanced and healthy, Foland says.
Foland provides 10 tips in his article, ranging from being memorable to smiling.
Knowledge transfer isn’t the same thing as skills training.
“Knowledge is universally obtainable,” Bernie Selvey writes in Viddler. “Skill only comes with relentless practice, fitness and dedication.”
Skills training has specific goals to improve performance, but both training and knowledge are key to career advancement.
For example, with knowledge, people understand how to achieve a goal, but training allows people to achieve the goal.
“Having the knowledge is only half the equation,” Selvey says. “The other half if training. Training allows you to internalize and use knowledge to your (or your company’s) advantage. Training implies practice. Practice implies doing something over and over again to the point where you can adapt and apply your knowledge in any situation.”