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What Are You Measuring?

Posted by Bill Crose on September 13, 2019 at 11:33am 0 Comments

A lifetime ago, my training department colleagues and I were satisfied with training data. We cranked out the requested ILT programs plus the "flavor of the year" content, we kept a busy training schedule, and made sure the coffee was always the right temperature. When accused of not delivering effective training because the learners didn't perform as they were trained, we took refuge in our management support role and not ultimately responsible or accountable for LEARNING or productivity.…



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I wonder about copyright dates of books.

How long does it take from the time research is conducted and validated to the time it is published, consumed and utilized?

So if in June of 2017 I read something that indicates Copyright 2016 - is it fair to assume that it was published 6 to 17months ago?

Would it be beneficial if the copyright date included the month and not just the year?

And if the research took a year to conduct to account for seasonal effects is it fair to add another 6 months to the age of the information? And how long did it take to analyze the research, validate the conclusions and get the manuscripts approved? It was not likely overnight. I suspect that 3 months would be considered remarkable and that 9 months might be a better estimate.This could likely add another year to the age of the information.

So now, in June of 2017, the book with Copyright 2016 is likely to have information that is 18 to 29 months old. What has changed in the last 2 years?

  • How often does an instructor update their knowledge on every course they teach?
  • How long does it take a self-paced course to be researched, validated, published, learned and applied? (And what percent of the content is applied correctly?)
  • What e-learning innovations have been applied to update content dynamically in real-time?
  • Have performance support systems evolved to assure that the content they are delivering is accurate?
  • Would it be possible to begin with the question and dynamically create the instruction versus searching for archived or curated potentially out-of-date information? (Google thinks so - how about Instructional Designers of the future?)
  • Would applying an IoT mindset to instructional design and delivery bring us closer to Googlizing learning?
  • Remember the GPS?

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