How to measure the efficacy of elearning / learning Part 1

Higher Level Learning – a learning company in Manchester

How to measure the efficacy of microlearning

Whether you’re an elearning designer or microlearning developer or anyone working in the field of learning, measuring the efficacy of microlearning or learning in general is sometimes regarded as a difficult or almost impossible task especially measuring the transfer of skills in the workplace.  Consequently it is rarely attempted or only ‘surface scratched’. We’ve done some work on this at Higher Level Learning and can hopefully provide one method that works and has been tried and tested in the work environment. We call it SeET – Snapshot elearning Effectiveness Tool.

Our criteria for success was:

  • A practical solution that can be used by staff with little experience of evaluation
  • A tool that steps beyond Kirkpatrick level one and measures behavioural changes in the workplace based on completed elearning (or just learning)
  • A solution that can be quickly deployed and easily measured in the workplace
  • A cost-effective solution
  • the tool should not be limited to evaluating elearning and could be adapted for use in other areas

One question before we go any further:

Why measure microlearning or learning at all?

In the current financial climate, it’s more important than ever for elearning and learning programmes to demonstrate their value and the benefits they provide to an organisation. This means creating programmes and initiatives clearly linked to business objectives and having effective tools in place to measure their success (hence the creation of SeET).

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