According to a recent article from Chief Learning Officer Magazine that was written by Josh Bersin, the principal and founder of Bersin & Associates, less than seven percent of organizations regularly measure the impact of their learning programs.  Though companies have often struggled to find models that analyze learning in meaningful ways, the recent changes in the way we learn, namely informal and social learning, have brought about new and improved ways to quantify the results of that learning. For example, the article mentioned these three significant (and measurable) components of informal learning:

  • Activity: the percentage of learners being active and responsive.
  • Contribution: the percentage of learners offering new content and how frequently they do so.
  • Feedback: how well users like content, what content they read and view the most, which authors are the most highly rated, and who is accessing which content most frequently.

At Blackboard, we believe that measuring learning’s true Impact On Business is crucial for your organization.  Your professional learning plan should drive results for your organization by equipping every individual with the knowledge needed to best serve your mission. In short, we use Impact on Business to measure how learning positively impacts employee behavior, and, subsequently your organization’s business goals and bottom line in a manner that aligns with the directives of your organization’s leadership. To learn more about Impact On Business, including four steps to achieving IOB, download our white paper Why Impact on Business is the New Measure of Corporate Learning.

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