L&D: Near & Far Transfer & Testing

Close Enough for Horseshoes? 

Enterprise T&D/L&D is in the business of enabling Performance Competence:

The Ability to Perform Tasks

to Produce Outputs

to Stakeholder Requirements.

But not just rotely – not just exactly like what was covered in the T&D/L&D content.

But also in similar situations and sometimes in somewhat dissimilar situations.

Both situations near – and far – from how it was taught/delivered.


How Near & How Far?

As Always – It Depends. It depends on what the real-world job context includes. What kind of variation exists.


First – It’s Got to Transfer for Job Contexts that are Near in nature to what was taught.


Second – It’s May Need to Transfer for Job Contexts that are Far(ther) in nature – from what was taught.


Two Articles and a Book That Address Making It Happen and Then Testing For It

From Patti Shank (in 2004)…

Can They Do It in the Real World? Designing for Transfer of Learning

From my two colleagues at my former firm, CADDI Inc., Pete Hybert and Kelly R. Smith (in 1999)…

It Only Counts if You Can Do the Job!

Because sometimes the real-world capability is so critical that you need to prove that it can and did transfer.

Employee performance-based Qualification/Certification Systems (2008)

Click on image to link to the download page for a FREE PDF version.

Employee performance-based Qualification/Certification Systems is also available as a $15 Paperback book – and $7.50 as a Kindle – for more information and/or to order – please go – here.

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