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Science of Learning 101: The Latest Research on Needs Analysis and Learning Climate

Patti Shank | July 22, 2015 | Article

needs analysisIn “The Science of Training and Development in Organizations: What Matters in Practice,” Eduardo Salas and his fellow authors assert that “decisions about what to train, how to train, and how to implement and evaluate training should be informed by the best information science has to offer.” Specifically, their research examines two steps to be especially critical for pretraining effectiveness: needs analysis and preparation of the learning climate. 

Smart Data Analytics—How Learning Execs Can Move from Reports to Predictions

Mike Hawkins | June 11, 2015 | Article

data predictionsLearning and development organizations can benefit from advanced uses of data. Data analytics is helping to dynamically enable smart personalization of content to individual learner needs and channel preferences. Analytics are helping identify learning content that could become sources of revenue. Enterprise data is being integrated into learning applications to provide context rich learning environments. In countless ways, data has the capacity to add intelligence to the traditionally subjective nature of talent development.

How to Talk to an Executive—Start With a Compelling Message

Sally Williamson | March 18, 2015 | Article

executive meetingThe most important element to develop for any executive meeting is a compelling message. The message drives home a clear takeaway and tells the executive what you want and the business outcome you can deliver.

Science of Learning 101: Should We Measure Learners or Training?

Patti Shank | March 05, 2015 | Article

This is article three of Patti Shank’s Science of Learning 101 series. This installment examines the question: Should we measure learners or training? Do we really care if people can remember the name of the document? Or do we want to know something else?

Science of Learning 101: Can We Really Assess Learning?

Patti Shank | February 06, 2015 | Article

This is the second post of the Science of Learning 101 series. This month, Patti Shank delves into assessing learning experiences. 

The Uncharted Territory of Big Learning Data

Elliott Masie | November 25, 2013 | Article

Applying big data in the training and development field is a method that will soon make its mark on the industry.

Talent Management Is the New Buzzword

Larry Israelite | February 01, 2010 | Article

In the early 1990s, I worked in the "educational services" department of a very large computer company. We delivered a lot of training to both customers and employees. At the end of each quarter, we would gather for a pep rally, at which time our vice president would discuss our performance. The key metric wa...

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