The importance of quality instructional design when measuring success

When a company chooses to invest in an eTraining program for their employees, they are making that investment with the idea that their employees will improve their understanding of important information. Virtually all eTraining programs are developed with the intention that learner will be able to recall and apply that information in the course of their work both short term and long term, resulting in a healthier, more profitable company.

Accurately measuring the quality of an eTraining program is typically treated as an easy task, but in reality it is a more complex endeavor than many realize, even professional instructional designers. When the goal is to enable learners to carry information forward and recall information long term, some commonly used methods fall well short of providing reliable indicators of success.

Designing eTraining courses for better long-term results

Working toward a successful eTraining program that supports long-term retention to learners is the primary goal when designing courses and tests. Learning interactions that occur at different times during eTraining work together in creating memories that can recalled well after the course is complete.

This series of articles addresses some of the problems with traditional assumptions when it comes to measuring the success of eLearning and eTraining curriculum, and how different laboratory-tested instructional design principles come into play when crafting a successful eTraining or microlearning program.

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