Can you measure learning? I don't think so, or at least not in a way everyone will agree on! However, you can do the next best thing, which is tell stories about how people are learning, and use data to make those stories compelling. That's the type of "reporting" we hope to do with Pathgather, which is why we capture a ton of interesting data, but we haven't made it very easy for our customers to see that data. That's why we've been working hard on some new tools that administrators can use to easily look through their data, narrow in on what's important to them, and start to find their stories. There is still a lot of work for us to do here, but having a powerful way to browse the data is a critical first step.
Why Engagement Data Is Crucial
One of the best ways to understand learning at your company is through the lens of engagement. What content is the most viewed? How do Lynda videos compare to classroom training in terms of learner endorsements? Which departments share the most paths, or score the most points? These are interesting questions, because they get to the heart of why learning is happening at your company, and what you can do to encourage it. With our new interface, you can easily sort and filter by these kinds of engagement metrics, and even pull your data out to Excel so you can crunch it even further. Once you've armed yourself with engagement data you can start telling powerful stories about the impact learning is having.
It's also worth mentioning that the new Pathgather admin interface is the same interface used to manage accounts & content, which means you'll probably stumble across interesting stories by accident when you're updating a user's permission or adding a new course. As always, we want to hear from you, so let us know what you think! We look forward to seeing what stories you have to tell.