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Exploring the I and E Phases of ADDIE

Posted by Karin Rex on Aug 29, 2019 9:00:00 AM

What do the I and E in ADDIE mean? After you’ve done your due diligence in the Analysis Phase, plotted your targeted training approach in the Design Phase, and transformed your plan of attack into reality in the Development Phase, it’s time to Implement (the I in ADDIE) and Evaluate (the E in ADDIE).

Unfortunately, these two phases often go the same way the last few of lines of the “30 Days Hath September” poem – they are forgotten.

(I can hear you trying to recite the poem right now in your head. Go ahead, I’ll wait.)

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Topics: Evaluation Strategy, ADDIE

The 3 Ws of Learning Evaluation & Analytics

Posted by Katelind Hays on Apr 11, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Basics of Learning AnalyticsVirtually There Session Recap

“Did the training work?”

If your stakeholders asked you this question, would you have an answer supported by proof, or would you feel anxious about demonstrating the value of your work?

We know that data can clarify the worth our learning events provide to participants and on the business’ bottom line. But the process of collecting, analyzing, and using data feels involved, complex, and perhaps sometimes more than it’s worth.

Analytics expert Scott Weersing to the rescue! During his recent Virtually There session, Scott shared the basics of learning analytics and how to use them to show your work makes an impact. (Watch the full replay here.)

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Topics: Virtually There, Evaluation Strategy

Aligning Learning Outcomes with Business Outcomes: Curated Resources for your PLN

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Apr 9, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Evaluating Learning OutcomesEvaluation of digital learning programs, (when it happens!), often focuses on the technology or the process. Was the virtual classroom technology appropriate? Did you complete the eLearning? Did you download the infographic?

These types of questions don’t often provide satisfying results!  

Instead of looking at technology and process, we should be evaluating results. Who cares if content is delivered in a traditional classroom or a virtual classroom, as long as the results align with the business need?

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Topics: Evaluation Strategy, Curated Resources

Prove the Value of Training to the Business Through Evaluation

Posted by InSync Training on Mar 19, 2019 12:03:43 PM

Training Evaluation ROIEvaluating a learning program is by far the best way to highlight its value to all business stakeholders. It also bolsters a culture of continuous improvement.

Without measurable results, it's hard to convince the business community that its learning and development (L&D) offerings are effective. Or even necessary.

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Topics: Evaluation Strategy

Anatomy of an Evaluation Strategy

Posted by InSync Training on Mar 14, 2019 11:36:36 AM

Evaluation Strategy for corporate trainingWe spend a lot of time at InSync considering how to design, develop, and deliver great virtual and blended learning solutions.  But how do we know they are, indeed, GREAT?

Creating content is only half of the learning development story. The other half is developing a plan for evaluating the learning. This requires crafting tools used to gather feedback that informs whether learners actually learned, as well as to determine to what extent learners apply what they learned in the workplace. An evaluation should also include on-the-job feedback as learners use newly acquired skills and knowledge.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Evaluation Strategy

Assessing Virtual Classroom Facilitation

Posted by Karen Vieth on Dec 5, 2018 10:44:30 AM

54881855_sSince virtual classroom skillsets are not as off-the-shelf as face-to-face training skills, we often wonder just how well we are doing at this virtual facilitation gig. Often, our only feedback comes from “smile sheets,” the surveys at the end of class to see what people thought of the program.

But how do these really help guide our professional development when only five out of 30 learners actually filled it out? How can we assess how things are really going in a virtual facilitation setting?

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Evaluation Strategy

Microlearning: The Assessment Factor

Posted by Michele Israel on Dec 26, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Assessing MicrolearningThere are different points of view on how assessment in microlearning actually plays out. There are some variables to consider when sorting out what learners actually gain from these nuggets of information.

The good news is that microlearning is assessable. In fact, there's even research to prove it.

Microlearning Is Working

Lenny DeFranco, in his article,  Why Microlearning Drives Over 20% More Information Retention Than Long-Form Training, shares findings of a 2015 research study highlighting the link between microlearning (chunked in three different sizes), and corresponding assessment questions. The results: microlearning has macro impact on learning.

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Topics: Microlearning, Evaluation Strategy

How to Conduct Productive Training Meetings At Work

Posted by Brigg Patten on Apr 20, 2017 1:05:00 PM

Creative Thinking for Effective Virtual MeetingsTraining and development are extremely important components of employee satisfaction and engagement. Appropriate training and development opportunities also play a factor in your staff's ability to be productive throughout the day. In fact, a recent study found that 87 percent of Millennial-aged employees list opportunity for training and career advancement as extremely important in their job search.

Clearly, training plays a huge role in your company's success, but training sessions can quickly turn into a disaster if not implemented in a structured and professional manner. A training company can offer valuable structure to your training process and are highly skilled in engaging the audience in a way that is conducive to learning. Even if you don't seek the help of a professional company, here are some tips for conducting a productive training session with your employees.

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Topics: Virtual Collaboration, Evaluation Strategy, Learner Engagement, Virtual Teams & Modern Workplace

Keeping it Real - Ensuring Virtual Learner Success Through Assessment

Posted by Karen Vieth on Feb 21, 2017 12:01:00 PM

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Assessing Virtual TrainingThe art in design is that of keeping learners accountable in authentic assessment that ensures students' success in the virtual classroom.  We know learners attain more when given the ability to learn in authentic ways, but we believe that assessment is a key piece in the art of keeping learners accountable. 

Last week in my blog we talked about keeping it about the people, interacting, providing opportunities to collaborate and how to hold learners accountable. Easy to say! Right?

But how do we REALLY maintain a culture of accountability without the benefit of eye contact and body language?  There is a real need for accountability when we ask participants to go out and do an independent and/or collaborative activity, but often in the virtual classroom we can’t find the way so we just instruct them or skip it all together. 

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Evaluation Strategy

How to Use Content to Evaluate Your New Training Initiative

Posted by Katie Flanagan on Feb 20, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Measuring and Evaluating TrainingWhen you’re implementing a new training initiative, one of the first questions your sponsor will ask is, "How will you measure the success of your program?" 

For many, this may incite a rapid heartbeat, flushed skin, and sweaty palms. After all, measuring any training is difficult, and figuring out what will be appropriate measurement for a new program is complex.

The good news is that content makes it easy for you to measure several of the common key performance indicators of training effectiveness.

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Topics: 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs, Evaluation Strategy