Evaluating Informal Learning

The Peformance Improvement

Informal learning in organizations is finally being recognized as a key aspect of employee development and performance improvement. But how do you evaluate something that is as unpredictable and serendipitous as informal learning?

Conducting Post-Course Evaluations


Course evaluations are often an afterthought, a last-minute addition to the overwhelming instructional design process. Beyond the standard four levels, there are two other measurements that must be evaluated: Level 5: What is the Return on Investment of the training program?

Evaluating Informal Learning

Dashe & Thomson

My colleague, Andrea May came back from ASTD International Conference & Exposition (ICE), which was held in Dallas in May of this year, raving about a presentation on “Evaluating Informal Learning.” The post Evaluating Informal Learning appeared first on Social Learning Blog.

Evaluating Informal Learning

Dashe & Thomson

My colleague, Andrea May came back from ASTD International Conference & Exposition (ICE), which was held in Dallas in May of this year, raving about a presentation on “Evaluating Informal Learning.” The post Evaluating Informal Learning appeared first on Social Learning Blog.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

They have a built-in support group to ask questions, share ideas, and evaluate. Performance support is the extra bits of information or reminders that extend the training. After the course provides information on planning the work and an activity. Seven Simple Secrets to.

Short Course on Evaluation of Training and Learning in Knowledge Economy

The Peformance Improvement

LAD Global , in partnership with the Singapore Training and Development Association , has made my short course on evaluation of training and learning available for free online. My emphasis in this course is on using measurement and evaluation for learning.

Better Inform Your Training Evaluation (Part Two)

Riptide Software

As you read this post, remember that learning technology is in a good position - enterprise giants and many social media platforms use activity streams and a format similar to the Actor, Verb, Object structure of the Experience API (xAPI) for evaluation.

Online Tools for Evaluating Informal Learning

The Peformance Improvement

Learning occurs in "informal" (another term that I don’t like but is gaining traction) settings and online, as well as in the classroom. How can we know what is learned informally and what difference that learning makes to the success of an organization? Some of the methods being used in informal science education could be applied more broadly to informal and online learning in business, nonprofit, and government settings.

The Learning-Transfer Evaluation Model (LTEM)

Will at Work Learning

This blog post introduces a new learning-evaluation model, the Learning-Transfer Evaluation Model (LTEM). Why We Need a New Evaluation Model. It is well past time for a new learning-evaluation model for the workplace learning field.

4 Ways to Close the Learning-Doing Gap for Front-Line Managers [GUIDE]

Evaluation gets lost in the process and so we never. Diagnose: Sue has a general idea of what she needs to improve, but she knows she needs to get more information to better diagnose and understand her skill gaps. FOUR WAYS TO CLOSE THE. LEARNING-DOING GAP FOR.

Evaluating eLearning

Web Courseworks

Often times I am asked by training managers to evaluate their eLearning initiatives and specifically, types of eLearning courseware. Defining the type of eCourse to be evaluated. design eLearning Evaluating Instructional Interactivity Interface Production Quality Standards

5 Points to Consider During Your Online Course Evaluation


For training to stay relevant to these new skills and behaviors, there needs to be a process of continuous improvement and evaluation. Online course evaluation is about measuring the quality of an eLearning course. What To Consider in Your Online Course Evaluation.

Evaluating Training Through Stories

The Peformance Improvement

A “smile sheet”, or even a follow-up survey, is not going to give you this information. It’s like evaluating a summer car vacation by counting the miles driven, gas used, days on the road, and money spent. Participants rated the management training program 4.3 on a five-point scale.

Learning to Learn from Evaluation of Learning

The Peformance Improvement

Each approach to evaluation of training has something to contribute to assessing the impact of formal training on employee learning. However, the value of evaluation is not in the data. The real value is in organizational learning from evaluation.

Evaluating Training Effectiveness and ROI


Luckily, there exists an all-purpose tool widely used by managers responsible for internal training processes - Donald Kirkpatrick’s Learning Evaluation Model. The Donald Kirkpatrick’s Learning Evaluation Model consists of four levels: Level 1. roi evaluation elearning

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Opening the Black-Box to Evaluation

The Peformance Improvement

Black-box evaluation is measuring the effects of a program or service without examining the nature of that program or service. It is evaluating what people think and do after the intervention (e.g.,

Evaluation Reinforces Learning

The Peformance Improvement

Evaluation of training and other learning interventions (e.g., The process of retrieving an idea is not like pulling a book from a shelf; it seems to fundamentally alter the way the information is subsequently stored, making it far more accessible in the future.

The unscience of evaluation

E-Learning Provocateur

Evaluation is notoriously under done in the corporate sector. I’m not suggesting that evaluation is never done. However, a secondary concern I have with evaluation goes beyond the question of quantity: it’s a matter of quality. Evaluation by design.

The unscience of evaluation

E-Learning Provocateur

Evaluation is notoriously under done in the corporate sector. I’m not suggesting that evaluation is never done. However, a secondary concern I have with evaluation goes beyond the question of quantity: it’s a matter of quality. Evaluation by design.

Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Evaluation


It was while writing his thesis in 1952 that Donald Kirkpatrick became interested in evaluating training programs. As per the model, evaluation should always start off with level one, followed by levels two, three, and four if time and budgets permit.

Re-evaluating Evaluation | Social Learning Blog

Dashe & Thomson

My thinking about training evaluation was turned on its head by a presentation at the February 2011 MNISPI meeting by Beth McGoldrick of Ameriprise’s RiverSource University. In a column entitled “How to Evaluate e-Learning,” she says Kirkpatrick’s model focuses on final outcomes.

8 Online Training Evaluation Techniques


In this article, we’ll highlight the 8 top online training evaluation techniques. 8 Methods For Online Training Evaluation. Online training evaluation is crucial for corporate eLearning. Here are the 8 most effective methods to evaluate your online training program: 1.

Top 10 Questions to Evaluate a Learning Culture

The Peformance Improvement

In a discussion started by Camilla Keen on LinkedIn, she asks, “In order to find out and evaluate if a company has an effective learning culture, what would be your top ten questions?” These are my top ten but not my only questions for a company that wants to evaluate its learning culture.

Avoid and Correct Employee Evaluation Pitfalls

CLO Magazine

Alan experienced the first and perhaps greatest training evaluation pitfall: failing to identify and address evaluation requirements while the program is being designed. Address Evaluation While Designing.

Program Evaluation: A Process for Learning

The Peformance Improvement

I was recently asked, “What is your view of program evaluation? At the risk of over-simplifying these two approaches to knowing, I would say that the purpose of evaluation is to improve programs, services, and organizations and to be accountable for results.

Evaluate Learning Process

The Peformance Improvement

As organizations evaluate their programs and services they need to pay attention to process as well as outcomes. writes this in aea365 : Process evaluation ensures you answer questions of fidelity… did you do what you set out to with respect to needs, population, setting, intervention and delivery? When these questions are answered, a feedback loop is established so that necessary modifications to the program or the evaluation can be made along the way.

Evaluating Social Learning

Dashe & Thomson

In the spirit of my blog posts on Re-evaluating Evaluation and Revisiting Kirkpatrick , I decided to start with Don Clark ?Big and his take on using Kirkpatrick’s four levels to create and evaluate social learning. It seems to me that right now this is a wide open field.

Exploring Assessment and Evaluation EdTech Tools and Apps

InSync Training

This week, we continue our series on our EdTech toolboxes by diving deeper into assessment and evaluation tools and apps. For some of us, these tools inform the effectiveness of our learning solutions, for others these tools indicate our business impact.

Cool Level One Evaluation

Kapp Notes

However, Level 1 Evaluations which measure initial learner reaction to instruction are typically boring checklists or Likert-type scales which are painful to complete and don't provide much more information than how was the room temperature or donuts. Tags: Evaluation

Evidence-Informed Practice

The Peformance Improvement

Some nonprofit organizations, in an effort to improve outcomes for their clients and to be more accountable for results, are applying an “evidence-informed practice” approach to their work. Both of these common ways of thinking are barriers to evidence-informed practice.

5 Ways to Evaluate If Your eLearning Hits the Mark

eLearning Brothers

If you want to ensure your eLearning content delivers, you can’t sit around and wait for somebody to evaluate your content or give you feedback. Here are five easy ways to evaluate if your eLearning is hitting the mark: Include a brief survey at the end of each course.

Evaluating the Impact of eLearning - Kirkpatrick's Model

Lambda Solutions

We teamed up with Limestone Learning on Wednesday to deliver a webinar on Measuring the Value of Training, and Turning Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Evaluation Upside Down. It should inform, teach, improve, and ultimately, it should change.

Evaluating Your eLearning


In this article, we uncover a research-based model for evaluating your eLearning course before that final takeoff from the runway. As adult learners they would prefer meaningful and relevant information. This means separating information from “need to know” to “good to know”.

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Your Online Learning & Training Programs

Lambda Solutions

At the very base, training should have a purpose — To inform, to teach, to improve, and to teach. Introducing evaluation and tying it to performance will identify if learning has occured during and after training, and if job performance improvements have been realized.

More on Re-evaluating Evaluation – Jack Phillips and ROI

Dashe & Thomson

I have been blogging a lot about Training Evaluation this year—mostly Kirkpatrick , but also Brinkerhoff and Scriven. I just realized that I haven’t included a single word about Jack Phillips , who introduced Return on Investment (ROI) as Level 5 to Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Evaluation.

Evaluating eLearning in a Crunch

Integrated Learnings

For anyone who’s in the midst of designing an eLearning course, have you figured out how you’re going to evaluate its success? Others would like to evaluate, but lack the time and/or know-how to do so. I hope you’ll comment on this post with some of your reflections and advice on evaluation. For those in the second category.consider that evaluation allows us to confirm with data that what we’re doing works. Without some form of evaluation, how can we know for sure?

How to Evaluate Learning: Kirkpatrick Model for the 21st Century—A Revision

Dashe & Thomson

I was asked by Wendy Kirkpatrick to remove the copyrighted Kirkpatrick diagrammatic model from my original blog post, How to Evaluate Learning: Kirkpatrick Model for the 21st Century.

Donald Kirkpatrick was NOT the Originator of the Four-Level Model of Learning Evaluation

Will at Work Learning

Donald Kirkpatrick (1924-2014) was a giant in the workplace learning and development field, widely known for creating the four-level model of learning evaluation. The story has always been that it was those four articles that introduced the world to the four-level model of training evaluation.

Informal vs. Formal Learning: Creating a Blend!


The corporate training world often questions and evaluates the concept of incorporating informal learning. The question always arises whether informal learning can be added to the formal learning and if so, how both can be combined together. Informal learning is the unofficial, unscheduled, and unplanned way to learn and gain knowledge, whereas formal learning is delivered in a systematic, intentional way with a reporting and evaluation process.