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DEC 2015 - JAN 2016

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Business of Learning Steps to Create a Learning Strategy THE VALUE OF A DOCUMENTED LEARNING STRATEGY IS THAT IT PROVIDES THE ORGANIZATION A PLAN FROM WHICH TO WORK. BY RUTH KUSTOFF W e all know that having a plan or map, or some type of guide, is helpful when navi- gating new territory. Tis is also true for learning development and delivery. Creat- ing a learning strategy that defnes goals and determines overall learning needs of employees and the organization is the frst step to set your direction. When you're ready to strategize an approach to learning and development, keep these questions in mind to help guide planning: 1) What organizational goals can be reached with learning programs? 2) How do various oferings and learning options across the organization blend with one another? 3) What role does HR (other business units) have in defning, implementing and managing learning? 4) Can HR be proactive in driving the learning goals of the organization? It's important to create an organization-wide learning strategy that includes currently available learn- ing programs and considers the organization's goals and future needs. PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT PROCESS Plan a minimum half-day brainstorm meeting to identify and create a learning and development phi- losophy and strategy. Invite all stakeholders to participate. Tis includes any departments currently ofering ad hoc learning or training programs. Outlined below is a sample agenda. 1) Get input from all meeting members: concerns, feedback, interests and challenges. 2) Identify organizational goals (current mission statement). 3) Determine expected learning/business outcomes from learning. 4) Identify type of learning deliveries that are available (classroom instructor-led, virtual classroom, webinar, e- learning, other). 5) Identify end learners individually and by groups (job func- tion, skill sets, other) and their learning needs. 6) Determine if specifc programs will be required. 7) Identify tasks/actions to reach outlined goals, and ex- pectations. AREAS TO CONSIDER >> How can learning across the organization (I.T. training, HR processes, current of-the-shelf e-learning courses, others) be integrated under one umbrella? >> What is the organization's learning policy? Is it promoted, supported, encouraged? 16 Winter 2016 Government Elearning!

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