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The Real Truth about ROI – the Learning Performance Model

Learning Wire

The most consistent challenge for L&D leaders throughout the past 20 years has been the need to prove the ROI of learning investments and thus prove their contribution to strategic business goals. BV: Academic proof for the value and business contributions of L&D has been found by the new CrossKnowledge powered research initiative the CrossKnowledge Learning Institute (CLI), in collaboration with the Maastricht University. 2002; Saks, 2006).

Backward Planning - Identifying Business Impacts

Big Dog, Little Dog

The first step in performing Backward Planning for Learning Initiatives is to determine the desired impact that will improve the performance of the business. This does NOT mean you have to show an ROI (Return On Investment); however, there should be a clear causal link at the very least.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Learning Myths with Dr. Will Thalheimer

Learning Visions

The topic today: Myths the business side has about learning. 9% Hit us Hard 47% Hurt a little 41% Not much effect 3% Helped us MYTHS the Business Side Has about Learning Client asked him to develop a course for business side. Everybodys got myths: business side, learners, learning professionals Captured 140 myths and categorized them (not a scientific set of findings.) Manager think learning and development is a low-priority part of their role.

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Pick of the month: October 2012

Jane Hart

There’s not data to support social learning, and no way to show ROI. You select which business group you work for, your role, your location, and maybe a few of your interests, if your company is cool enough that it wants to expand Learnist’s function beyond just fulfilling bureaucratic objectives. Today I am in Toronto, Canada where I am speaking at the CSTD conference tomorrow.

How microlearning can result in deep learning

Ed App

Accelerated technological change has forced us to reconsider definitions of learning, learning environments, and individual learners’ roles. Content that is tedious and doesn’t hold consistent relevance is notoriously low ROI. One of the simplest ways to raise the ROI of face-to-face learning interactions is to use a microlearning component as a primer. Harvard Business Review, September-October 1977, pp. 2006).

Line managers – gotta love them

From the Coleface

Francis Marshall in the Sept issues of TJ reminds us how line managers have a vital role in the success of L&D within organisations. The business drivers within a professional services firm make it challenging for line managers (partners & middle management) to spend time engaging with L&D and the increased focus on chargeable hours during the recession can’t be helping. Line managers need to enhance the capability of their staff to deliver the business goals.

CLO Competencies: The Path for Future Learning Leaders

CLO Magazine

This From the Vault article was originally published on CLOmedia.com in July 2006. That very question was asked in a recent survey by Chief Learning Officer magazine of executives who are members of its Business Intelligence Board. Although many general management activities are tactical in nature (short-term and limited scope), the ability to see these “tactics” as part of a larger business strategy was an indication of executive readiness.

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Learning During Times of Growth

CLO Magazine

This From the Vault article was originally published on CLOmedia.com in April 2006. . Although financial scrutiny remains, an executive mindset focused on both operational rigor in learning and ROI is part of the “new normal,” and many learning executives are reinvigorated about their jobs and the contribution their learning organizations can make to their companies’ efforts to increase market share and shareholder value.

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Effective Learning – Musings from the UnConference

Learning Cafe

The second concerned better understanding a client (business unit for example) requirements. Not all participants at the Session were familiar with the Kirkpatrick Model (4 levels – Reaction; Learning; Application; Impact) of Evaluation, or the 5th level (ROI) discussed by Phillips and the 6th (Sustainability) and 7th (Sharing the Benefits) levels put by Rylatt. Zamarian, L; Siedentopf, C; Koppelstätter, F; Benke, T; Felber, S; Delazer, M (2006).

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Instructional Designers: Do You Have a Degree in ID?

Learning Visions

He told me that I had no business applying because my 5 years of education and training experience was totally irrelevant to instructional design. In the corporate world I learned that reputation, ability (work produced), and ROI counts for a lot more than a piece of paper and knowledge of field specific terminology. I fill a support role and bide my time trying to finish a degree Im not really interested in.