Organisations that want to create an online learning academy, or upgrade what they currently have, need to use effective metrics to demonstrate levels of success. Creating measurable training outcomes tailored to your business needs is a vital part of an e-learning academy.
L&D managers need to know an organisation’s specific goals for different time periods. They can then create the content for each stage of development that various departments require. Employees can then clearly understand what is required of them and what the aim is of the e-learning.
By outlining specific goals, milestones for every department can easily be identified, resulting in achieved targets.
Creating a training needs analysis is an important part of creating measurable outcomes for your business – identifying the training needs of every employee. The process also involves defining the learning elements required to satisfy those needs. These elements will be defined by the objectives set out for the various departments, so they are in alignment.
Behaviour and knowledge
Departments need to have their own defined behaviours and library of knowledge. This allows the instilled knowledge to be used for making actual behavioural change. Continual follow-ups are required to maintain these desired behaviours in the long-term.
Employees need to be motivated and understand their training end goals. Action statements built into the end of each e-learning module help to improve focus on these goals and provide milestones to evaluate them against. Phrases such as “At the end of this module you should be able to XXXX” or “The goal of this training course is to XXXX” are examples of action statements.
Practical tests and assessments based on employees’ roles are part of how an LMS can help you create measured gains. Pre- and post-training quizzes, one-on-ones, simulations, and assignments can be used for assessing gains. Content which incorporates examples of actual real-life situations for assessment against employees’ performance based on such situations is very effective.
Using the goals of your organisation as a benchmark for creating a needs analysis, followed by creating action-based goals and assessing measurable gains, are important elements in reaching measurable training outcomes and having an effective online learning academy.