Entries by Craig Dunkley

Learning Styles and Unicorns

By Carla Torgerson Do you believe in unicorns?  It’s a safe bet that you don’t.  After all, unicorns are a myth, and everyone knows it.  But what about “learning styles,” the idea that each person is a certain kind of learner, and learns best when material is delivered to them in their own preferred style […]

Barriers to Creating Effective Microlearning

By Carla Torgerson and Sue Iannone As we’ve discussed in previous articles, microlearning techniques can be extremely useful for a range of training applications.  These include preparing learners for live training events, post-event reinforcement, stand-alone training programs, or performance support. But, microlearning isn’t devoid of challenges.  The Association for Talent Development (ATD) did some research […]

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Avoiding POA Chaos, Part II: Planning Best Practices

By Sue Iannone Famous general and former President, Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”  When it comes to life sciences plan of action (POA) meetings, I’d say I definitely agree with the second part of that statement.  Good planning is quite indispensable. In part I […]

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Avoiding POA Chaos, Part I

By Sue Iannone According to Dictionary.com, “chaos” is defined as “a state of utter confusion or disorder; a total lack of organization or order.” Any L&D professional who’s been involved in planning a pharmaceutical company Plan of Action (POA) meeting knows about chaos first-hand.  In fairness, “chaos” is probably too strong a term for describing […]

Using Microlearning for Post-Event Reinforcement and Performance Support

By Carla Torgerson and Sue Iannone In the last installment, we explored how to use microlearning techniques to prepare learners for live training events.  But what about after the event?  Can microlearning techniques help learners retain what they learned, as well as perform better in their jobs?  Yes, they can.  Here’s how. Why Reinforce Learning […]

Using Microlearning as Preparation for Live Learning Events

By Carla Torgerson and Sue Iannone In previous articles, we defined microlearning and we described how long (or short) microlearning materials should be.  Now, it’s time to move into application.  We previously defined microlearning as short content that could be used as preparation before a learning event, follow-up to support a learning event, stand-alone training, […]