801 Data Literacy for L&D

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Thursday, September 28

In order to have an impact, L&D must become fluent in the language of impact: data. Data literacy is the ability to read, work with, analyze, and communicate with data. This session focuses on the basics of data literacy skills for learning professionals: a mental model to think differently about data, fundamental knowledge of data classification, and some creative tools to get those who are not enthusiastic about data involved.

In this session we'll ask key questions as we explore data literacy:

  • Why the "What learning data are you interested in?" question to stakeholders may backfire
  • What's wrong with a 4.4 average satisfaction rate for a course
  • Why we can stop creating dashboards when nobody is using them for decision-making
  • What are some of the traps to avoid when designing, building, and implementing a data literacy program

Zsolt Olah

Sr. Learning Technologist


Zsolt Olah is a sr. learning technologist at Amazon with 20 years of corporate learning and development experience in the intersection of technology, digital learning, and data. In this role, Zsolt is responsible for the full life-cycle of learning data projects from the strategy document to data storytelling. His motto: "Less Content, More Impact." He’s a frequent speaker at national (DevLearn, ATD International Conference & Expo, TechKnowledge) and international learning conferences; blogger at elearningindustry.com. Zsolt is an advisory board member on the Workforce Development Edtech Board along with a group of chief learning officers, practitioners, and academics looking at where L&D is heading in the future. Previously, he worked as a digital learning & experience manager at Amazon Web Services (AWS). In his free time, Zsolt has also published a book, written two screenplays, completed the HarvardX Data Science certification, and played mostly mediocre soccer.

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