How to Track Informal Learning in an LRS in SharePoint

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Training in the workplace has grown by leaps and bounds. The first Learning Management System emerged in the 1990s and evolved and grew more popular in the 2000s and beyond. Not only were companies able to provide comprehensive training to their employees but also run reports to identify the effectiveness of their programs.

As with anything, the training world evolved and executives discovered that a very large portion of learning takes place outside of the classroom. Social learning became a hot topic and discussions began centering on the 70:20:10 theory - 70 percent of knowledge comes from job-related experiences, 20 percent from interactions with others, and 10 percent from formal educational events.

More than ever, training professionals are tasked with showing a direct link between learning and job performance. Using a Learning Management System, or LMS, has been the primary tool to show educational outcomes but tracking informal learning adds another important piece of the learning puzzle.

The Learning Record Store was developed in recent years to track all of an employee’s learning outside of an LMS – from attending a conference to watching a video or mentoring somebody else. Combining the information received from an LMS and LRS can potentially give a broader ‘picture’ of your workers training outcomes.

This white paper will discuss what an LRS is, why you may or may not need one and some information for beginners about how to track informal learning in SharePoint.