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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

5 Ways Microlearning Can Make a Difference in Healthcare Training

This blog was originally published in ATD’s Insights and has been posted here with permission. Healthcare professionals must be fully equipped to deal with an emergency, follow protocol, and comply with constant regulatory changes in the quickest, most efficient way possible. Most of the basic, fundamental skills needed within the [...] Read More

Can the ‘Spacing Effect’ Improve the Acquisition and Long-term Retention of Physical Skills?

One of the core components of the Qstream methodology is the ‘spacing effect’, the cognitive psychology research finding that training presented in small amounts over spaced intervals of time substantially boosts long-term retention of the material compared to massed training (AKA ‘binge-and-purge’).  I have conducted severa [...] Read More

Thinking FAST Leads to Learning and Development Success

This blog was originally published in ATD’s Insights and has been posted here with permission. The world of healthcare is ever-changing, and L&D professionals are continually on the lookout for the latest strategies and technologies to implement within their healthcare organization. Two important aspects of any L&D progr [...] Read More

Using Microlearning Tools as a Key Change Agent in Implementing Best Practice

It astounded me when I found out a number of years ago that it takes on average 18 years to Implement a new piece of evidence in to routine practice. I have spent the last 10 years trying to bend that curve. As anyone who has tried it knows, changing clinical practice and behaviour is hard work – our clinicians are always busy and deliv [...] Read More