Linking Training to Performace

21 Mar

A course is just a course, but better performance is transformational.

Will Thalheimer, PhD, a big name in training and adult learning circles, has done quite a few short video presentations along with his articles, books, blogs and teaching. This is one of my favorites:

It makes the strong case for looking at the overall job performance as the measure of a training program. The implication is that too many folks — clients, trainers and Instructional Designers included — focus on a course or curriculum rather than on performance outcomes.

It is too true. At times it is lack of time or vision on the part of course developers, but more often it is lack of organizational/institutional support (understanding!) for what training and e-learning’s mission really is.

2 Responses to “Linking Training to Performace”


  1. I don’t care what you know: Do it! | In the Learning Age - May 7, 2013

    […] want to return to a subject that I wrote about a couple of weeks ago in a previous post. As Instructional Designers and e-learning professionals we spend a lot of time and energy ensuring […]

  2. When is training the answer? (hint: never) | In the Learning Age - May 8, 2013

    […] lead to knowledge. Knowledge is good, no question about it. But as I discussed in my last post and elsewhere, knowledge doesn’t do anything. Good is good for nothing in the workplace. Skills, attitudes, […]

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