As many of you already know, we unveiled our new CLO-Network, a virtual meeting place for our readers, at the beginning of last week. The results thus far have exceeded our already lofty expectations: After just a few days, we’ve had more than 700 members join, with participants hailing from Mumbai to Minnesota, from London to New Zealand.
Additionally, CLO-Network members have started more than 20 discussions on topics ranging from LMSs to next-generation leadership development. We’re thrilled to have such an enthusiastic response to this new medium, and I wanted to share just a couple of the highlights so far.!@!
Greg Lampard, an instructional designer at the DISH Network, had a question about cost-conscious ways to create an interactive virtual classroom. Network member K.L. Cheah advised, “The one ‘must-do’ is to provide voice training for your potential instructors and meeting facilitators. The pace and tone of the facilitators’ voice can make or break the training.”
Another member, John Buelow, pointed him to Second Life. “For a modest cost, you can have a ‘private island’ where you can host training, and you can imbed video, powerpoints, audio and have real time interaction among participants using chat functions (VoIP, teleconference or text),” he wrote.
On another discussion board, Susan Chai, a manager at Kaiser Permanente, asked if any other members were using interesting ROI techniques or models to measure training. Gina Westcott-Abudi said she had used Phillips’ ROI model around project management and management/leadership training, and also in process-improvement initiatives.
Network member Carlos Cueto added, “I architect behavior transformation workshops and work closely with our clients to track the pre- and post-workshop impact of what we deliver. Following what could be construed as the Kirkpatrick/Phillips principles of learning assessment, we track the ROI and NPV of our programs over a 3-year period. Our ROIs usually come in at ~ 600% in Year-1.”
Do you have anything you’d like to add to these discussions? Do you want to start an online dialogue of your own? Sign up for the CLO-Network at network.clomedia.com today to get in the conversation.