AD1026: Measuring Effectiveness of Learning and Development

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 10, Max 30.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (depending on client needs).
Teaching Methods: 2 x 6hr(s) Workshops; Other (12 hours work-based application via assigned coach); Directed Study (recommended reading)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education, Staff, Irish Institute of Training Development.
Module Objective: This module explores how the effectiveness of learning and development can be evaluated with specific focus on purpose, process and criteria used. Students will be guided through established Models of evaluation as well as the actual methodologies utilised in such measurements. This module guides the student through the calculation of 'Return on Investment' with a realistic view of the challenges associated with real life application. The module also equips the student to address the communication and action planning needs arising out of the evaluation process.
Module Content: · How can Learning & Development effectiveness be measured
· Lag and lead criteria to assess effectiveness
· Defining the process of evaluation and transfer of learning
· Types of learning and development evaluation - what can be evaluated
· Measuring and evaluating the intangible outcomes of learning and development
· Methods and criteria used in the evaluation and measurement of learning and development effectiveness
· Models and levels of evaluation e.g. Philips, Kirkpatrick etc.
· 'Return on Investment' (ROI) - The Challenges
· Communicating and Implementing outcomes from evaluation processes to bring about enhancement.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Outline the process of learning and development evaluation with an understanding of its related benefits and costs
  • Identify tangible and intangible aspects of the evaluation of learning and development
  • Link learning and development evaluation with organisational performance
  • Conduct a learning and development evaluation using appropriate methods and techniques
  • Contrast and compare models of training evaluation
  • Explain and calculate ROI.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (Design an Evaluation Instrument and Conduct an ROI on a specific learning and development programme 1,500 word assignment (100 Marks)).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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