L&D isn’t fast. Not fast enough for the pace of today’s business, and certainly not as fast as it could be. Investing more into existing learning programs may help at the margins, but even with unlimited money and resources, L&D leaders face significant roadblocks to becoming the agile organizations that we at Saltbox believe are possible.
Why so slow?
Workforces are bogged down by a glut of learning processes, inappropriate learning processes, or both. Formal training modules and surveys will always be necessary, but they aren’t the solution to every learning or performance problem. Even when fast-tracked, designing and developing formal training can take weeks or months, costing thousands of dollars in the process.
Another challenge to fast and effective L&D is identifying and supporting learning where it actually happens in the modern workplace. By the time people are taught something through an LMS, many will have already found the answer through the company’s social network, intranet, or external resources. The speed of business forces employees to look for solutions long before those solutions can be neatly packaged in a module. What L&D needs is line of sight into employees’ line of work.
L&D’s final impediment is the inability to answer the big questions. “Did this training succeed?” “What was the impact on business?” “Would it make a difference if we had done X, Y, or Z?” Without access to reliable learning data, or the ability to analyze it, learning leaders spend countless hours wondering if their workforce is ready to perform.
You may already be aware of all the above obstacles to faster, leaner L&D. At the very least, you’ve probably been frustrated by formal learning trailing so far behind the actual need to learn. At Saltbox, we’re interested in addressing the underlying factors perpetuating each of these obstructions.
1. Rapid authoring tools: L&D is comfortable with rapid authoring tools, but their output contributes to the inappropriate processes and process overload that learners are experiencing. Despite the name, we know that these tools aren’t rapid enough to keep pace with employees’ needs. Innovative learning leaders are always looking for better ways to support and improve employee performance, but forcing it through the bottleneck of rapid authoring tools isn’t always the answer.
2. Access to line of work systems: Employee learning data is stored among many separate silo’d platforms with no way to communicate with one another. Extracting the data is a costly process, and even then, turning the data in something useful is resource intensive as well. A learning leader that can access this data quickly and comprehensibly will have a significant edge keeping pace with the speed of business.
3. Measurement: Analytical tools available in LMSs as a result of rapid authored content are inadequate. L&D can’t answer the big questions when the evidence provided by traditional systems barely scratch the surface of true employee competencies. Measuring course completions and test scores is not the same as measuring workforce readiness.
What Saltbox can do
Simply put, Saltbox helps solve the “big question” problem (#3) by helping L&D break out of their reliance on sluggish, inappropriate learning processes (#1) and giving them deeper insights into their employees’ line of work, where learning is really happening (#2).
Wax Learning Record Store (LRS) by Saltbox can track all workforce learning, behavioral, and performance data, wherever it happens and wherever it’s stored. We make it possible for you to define competencies on a set of learning and performance criteria, then generate straightforward, comprehensible reports in real time. Wax LRS reports can be applied across multiple cross-sections of your organizational hierarchy, and can scale to any size of business.
If you want to know more about how Saltbox makes L&D fast, come visit us at booth 217 at this year’s DevLearn Conference in Las Vegas, October 29th and 30th. Those interested should also attend the DevLearn sessions conducted by the Saltbox team on the 29th:
- Saltbox CEO John Delano and Weejee Learning CEO Ian Huckabee will be presenting “Seven Surprising Ways the xAPI Can Improve eLearning Design” at 1:15pm on 10/29.
- Saltbox CMO Ali Shahrazad will explain “How Sears Built a Competency Reporting System Using the xAPI” at 4:15pm on 10/29.
More information can be found at the DevLearn 2014 website.