Stories on project management training, measuring the effectiveness of eLearning courses and interesting American engineering facts topped our list of popular RedVector newsletter articles in 2015.


MEASURING THE EFFECTIVENESS AND IMPACT OF AN ELEARNING COURSE

The eLearning Guild found some telling statistics on organizations’ eLearning measurement (or the lack thereof):

  • 87.5% of organizations tracked completions (good)
  • Only 64.7% asked assessment questions to test memory recall
  • Only 49.1% measured whether the learner felt the training was of value
  • 31.7% monitored changes in performance
  • 20% measured business impact in terms of ROI
  • 10% tracked nothing

Prove To the Higher-Ups That Training Works
No matter where your organizations falls on the scale, there’s always room for improvement, and robust eLearning measurement is key. You can look at measuring course effectiveness as a pyramid that builds on Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Training Evaluation.

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Measuring Results in eLearning
The most valuable measure organizations can track is overall impact. Is the business seeing results from training? Results and success are often defined differently by different organizations. It could mean decreased equipment downtime, less employee overtime, and the list goes on.


PROJECT MANAGEMENT TOPS REDVECTOR’S LIST OF MOST POPULAR COURSES

A RedVector utilization report identified the top enrolled-in courses for the AEC division. The list included courses on ethics, driving safety and OSHA 10, as well as a significant number of project management courses. In fact, some RedVector customers have reported adding PM courses as mandatory elements to their internal PM blended training program.

RedVector offers over 150 PMI-approved project management courses covering everything from proposals, schedules and finance to quality control, BIM and more. Also included in the PM library is the popular Ultimate Project Manager Series, with 22 AEC-industry-specific courses covering the project management discipline from soup to nuts, making it a perfect solution for employees striving to earn PDUs to renew a PMP certification (PMPs are required to earn 60 hours every three years), or looking to train on emerging topics. Is your team taking advantage of our project management courses?


AMERICAN ENGINEERING FACTS YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW

To celebrate our country’s legacy of engineering innovation, check out a wrap up of interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events you may not have known.

Idaho: American Falls Dam
Sometimes civil engineering projects require people or organizations to give up their lands to allow for new development, but rarely does an entire town have to move to make way for new construction. But that’s exactly what happened with the American Falls Dam near the town of American Falls, Idaho, which required nearly the entire town to relocate so it could be built.

Kansas: Big Well in Greensburg
Sometimes it takes a bit of clever engineering and human will to find water. That was the case in Greensburg, Kansas, in the 1880s, when a water supply was needed not only for the local community, but also for the Santa Fe and Rock Island railroads. A team of engineers dug deep, literally, to create what’s aptly called the Big Well, the world’s largest hand-dug well, at 109 feet deep and 32 feet in diameter.

Alaska: The White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad
The Alaskan oil pipeline is perhaps the most famous engineering project in the most northern state, but there is another lesser-known one that also has historic significance, and it owes its existence to the Gold Rush of the late 1890s. The White Pass & Yukon Route — an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark — was built to provide a safer passage on the treacherous route from the port of Skagway across the mountains to the Canadian border for prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897.