Planning and managing are key competencies for developing effective workplace learning and performance improvement solutions. Planning involves front-end needs assessment and analysis to ensure that the learning and non-learning solutions identified align with the business and performance needs. Effective management of all stages of the initiative maximizes expectations and the ROI for the organization.
Learning professionals design and develop blended learning components which may encompass self-directed learning as well as facilitated learning in the traditional classroom, in the virtual classroom and in the on-the-job environment. They also design and develop learning components that could range from simple paper-based job aids to sophisticated immersive online tutorials. The key considerations in choosing the best way to design, develop and deliver the content for each component are determined by the required learning outcomes and desired performance improvement.
Delivery or facilitation of learning can take place in the physical and virtual classrooms and in the job environment. Excellent instructors and facilitators know how to keep learners engaged. They motivate reluctant learners, use a variety of instructional methods, smoothly incorporate appropriate media and include examples relevant to the group. Excellent delivery also includes the skills to present ideas in a clear, concise and dynamic matter and to facilitate effective group process.
The overall purpose of evaluation is to determine if the learning initiative was effective. It includes assessing if the learners achieved the course objectives and intent, and if they transfered the learning back to the work environment to achieve the required performance and results. Assessing whether learning has occurred can be done formally or informally throughout the program, at the end of the course and back on the job. Formal assessment is usually a written test with effective questions that ensures validity and reliability. All assessments should be aligned, reliable, valid, transparent, fair and legally defensible.
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