Data Analytics for Learning Professionals

Lisa Elias

Director, OD Analytics Australia



Now, more than ever, it’s essential for Learning and Development professionals to be able to work with various sources of data to produce evidence-based learning designed for maximum impact.

During this workshop we’ll cover the broad range of data available to us, zero in on what to look for and learn how to understand and represent what we’ve found. Ultimately, we’ll explore how these findings can be used to drive everything from learning needs analysis, to learning strategy, architecture, implementation and evaluation.


Why attend?

This workshop is essential for anyone wanting to understand the link between L&D and HR and the importance of detailed research to inform best practice, satisfy stakeholders and drive competitive advantage. Well examine questions such as “What is the data telling us?”, “Where else can we find data outside L&D?”, “What can we do with it?” and “How does it inform our practice?”

Who should attend?

  • L&D consultants
  • OD consultants
  • HR consultants
  • Learning designers
  • Instructional designers
  • HR, L&D, OD managers
  • Capability consultants
  • Talent managers
  • People and Culture practitioners

Workshop overview


Session 1:  An overview of Chatti’s Four dimensions reference model for learning analytics:


  • Objectives
  • Indicators and metrics


  • Stakeholders
  • Competencies and constraints

Session 2:  


  • What data is available – inside and outside the organisation?
  • What is the best format for our stakeholder audience?


  • How do we interpret it – qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • How do we represent it?
  • Big data and data mining – an overview
  • Best practice data collection

We will examine the best ways to display our data, including:

  • Visual representation
  • Graphs and charts
  • Word clouds
  • Textual analysis
  • Infographics
  • Comparisons

Session 3:  An introduction to various open source and paid software programs, their uses, features and benefits.

Session 4: Bringing it all together. In this final session we will explore how to incorporate what we’ve found for maximum impact and to drive competitive advantage. We will examine how to use relevant data to drive organisational capability – through learning needs analysis, learning strategy, learning architecture, implementation and evaluation.

What to bring?

Laptop or tablet recommended but not mandatory.

Presenter biography

Lisa Elias (MEd, MBA) has 15 years experience in L&D and provides L&D and OD consulting services in needs analysis, capability building and evaluation. The Director of Organisation Development Analytics, her clients include ASIC, CBA, The HR Space, the AITD, Open Colleges and NSW Government.

Lisa has specialist expertise in the evaluation of effectiveness, impact and ROI, and makes full use of a range of research techniques such as Cognitive Task Analysis, observations, targeted focus groups and online survey design and analysis. Lisa incorporates these results to build the business case to collaboratively guide, shape and implement her recommendations, using L&D as the lever to effect positive change.







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