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6 Steps to Designing a Microlearning Experience for Lasting Impact

A well planned, designed and executed employee training and development program is the foundation for organizational success. When implemented using best practice microlearning design principles, business and learning leaders can accomplish the outcomes that they want by increasing productivity, proficiency, and ultimately busi [...] Read More

Microlearning Myth Four: Microlearning is Hard to Quantify

It’s a myth that microlearning is hard to measure. Worse, this myth obscures the fact that microlearning challenges, constructed correctly, are arguably the best way to measure training impact on business outcomes. Companies who adopt best practice microlearning methods are reaching a new granularity in their learning measurements and [...] Read More

Microlearning Myth Three: It’s Mainly for Millennials

There’s a myth that microlearning is better suited for Millennials. This is based on a notion that somehow Millennials (also known as Gen Y, consumers born between 1981 and 1996) have a shorter attention span than other generations (as if everyone weren’t similarly digitally distracted).  This myth suggests that a s [...] Read More

Microlearning Myth Two: No Push Required

The consequences of digital acceleration are that it’s never been so easy to proliferate ideas and learning content: the good, the bad, the inconsequential, meaningful, meaningless, and so on. This already overflowing “digital learning junk drawer” happens when fragments of knowledge build up in a learning system. The unintended re [...] Read More

Microlearning Myth One: It’s Just Shrunken Content

Microlearning isn’t about being small micro-content, it’s about reinventing learning and development programs as precision learning challenges that organizations can deliver to their learners. These job-critical challenges represent far more than just the “shrunken content” definition too often assigned to microlearning and, when [...] Read More

Microlearing Under the Microscope: A 5-part Series on Microlearning’s Greatest Myths

Microlearning is one of the most exciting concepts in corporate learning and sales enablement today. The promise of improving how employees learn and retain critical knowledge is essential to business performance. But with so many definitions of microlearning in play, how can you cut through the hype to legitimize and justify the excitem [...] Read More

ATD 2019 State of Healthcare Training and Development

Last month, ATD released their 2019 State of Healthcare Training and Trends report, covering hot topics that healthcare organizations are currently navigating, such as the switch to value-based care, how organizations are preparing for the nursing shortage, and what these changes mean for compliance and patient safety. As the exclusiv [...] Read More

How are game mechanics in educational programs perceived by Millennials?

A team of researchers at University of Alabama in Birmingham led by Dr. Nancy Wingo recently investigated this question among 94 nursing students, many of whom were Millennials (born between 1982 and 2001).  This was a qualitative study to assess students’ perceptions of the game mechanics in a question-answer online game called ‘Ka [...] Read More

How to Plan for Long-Term Retention of Learning

I recently read an interesting article by Dr. Douglas Larson, a neurologist and educational researcher at Washington University School of Medicine, entitled ‘Planning Education for Long-Term Retention: The Cognitive Science and Implementation of Retrieval Practice’ published in the journal Seminars in Neurology.  I particularly [...] Read More

How to Improve Situational Fluency with Microlearning

We’ve discussed the importance of hard skills and how they create a strong foundation for high performance, as well as highlighted the value of soft skills for building strong connections and engagement within the workplace. Now let’s dive into the harmonious marriage of the two, which creates an even more powerful skill [...] Read More