Magazine article Talent Development

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Magazine article Talent Development

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The Olden Ratio

I've heard the following training development metric thrown around for years: 40 hours of development per one hour of training. Is that for instructor-led training or e-learning?

That's an old metric, and it's really only applicable to instructor-led training.

There's some solid research behind it, but e-learning is a whole different ballgame. I know that for CBT, the general rule is 100 hours of development for one hour of training, and I know that other companies use the 250:1 rule.

Jenn

That metric was around when I started in training and development 24 years ago--using pencil and paper that went to a typist--when we'd do long sessions of instructor-led training on complex and large pieces of telecommunications equipment.

I know it's sometimes used today when people are asking for the world, and we want to put them off in terms of cost.

Renee Aitken

Oh, the humanity!

Online learning companies are touting, "We create learning that's human for the enterprise. …

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