Ever lamented the mysterious algorithm that powers your LinkedIn feed? As you’re probably aware, your feed is curated based on a variety of factors including posts you previously engaged with, the people you are connected to, and even potential topics of interest posted by their billion strong user base. That’s big data at work for you.
However, if you think that data has to only operate at this scale, you couldn’t be more wrong. This is precisely the reason why many L&D teams don’t measure the outcome of their work at all. They either think it takes a huge amount of data to get the information needed, or they are totally afraid of data to begin with. You don’t have to be.
Have you ever been on a diet or exercise program? What’s the first thing you do, even before the program starts? Measure your weight, right? And, as the program progresses, you keep weighing yourself to see how much you’ve lost. Measuring the outcome of your learning interventions could be as simple as this.
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