Creating Simple but Valuable Training Evaluations

dreamstime_xs_49025879In my previous post I shared my thoughts about how we use ratings and recommendations as part of our evaluation strategies.  In fact, I actually talked about how we may now use these as a way to overcome some of the challenges around relying on the traditional evaluation sheet and to increase overall response rates on the basis that something is better than nothing.

But I’d now like to turn back to the evaluation form itself and share what I’ve done in this space, starting a few years ago. Continue reading “Creating Simple but Valuable Training Evaluations”

Creating Simple but Valuable Training Evaluations

Ratings and Recommendations

dreamstime_xs_46027767Amazon…TripAdvisor…ao.com:  all sites that use the now familiar five-star rating system for recording satisfaction.

This approach to recording how much we like something has well and truly entered the learning space too and the vast majority of learning management systems (LMSs) now offer learners the chance to rate content this way.  It’s quick – no one really has the time to complete a formal training evaluation survey – and as a measure of the learner’s gut-feel, it doesn’t require much reflection and mental processing.  It’s also easy to analyse and very simple to present in reports and provides the stakeholders with an instant barometer of a training programme’s success.

So looked at pragmatically – with the never-ending focus on evaluation – using a five-star rating makes a lot of sense.  Or does it? Continue reading “Ratings and Recommendations”

Ratings and Recommendations

The Secret Life of UK Managers – My Commentary

dreamstime_xs_55894278GoodPractice, in association with ComRes, have examined how 500 managers prefer to learn and their thoughts on the learning they receive.  The report’s authors have asked for the opinions of its readers, so here are mine.

In the introduction to the report it states that:

“70% of L&D professionals don’t research how their learners currently learn or what they need to do their job.”

Continue reading “The Secret Life of UK Managers – My Commentary”

The Secret Life of UK Managers – My Commentary

What’s in Your Learning Playlist?

dreamstime_xs_27207411Early in December, an article in the UK’s i newspaper got me thinking.

Music professor, Mike Errico asked whether the three-minute song had run its course.  He noted that:

Spotify data from 2014 suggests that 24.14 per cent of listeners will skip a song within the first five seconds, and the chances that they will listen through to the end is about 50:50.

Songwriter, Mark Christopher Lee read Errico’s piece and decided to test this out and produced an album of 100 tracks, each about 30 seconds in length. Continue reading “What’s in Your Learning Playlist?”

What’s in Your Learning Playlist?