How “Micro” Does Microlearning Need to Be?

By Carla Torgerson and Sue Iannone If microlearning can be any learning and the common thread is its length, then the next natural question is, “How long is a piece of microlearning?”  The answer really depends on the content you’re teaching and the use case. There are no hard and fast rules regarding length, but […]

What is Microlearning?

By Carla Torgerson and Sue Iannone “Microlearning” is a huge buzz word in learning and development (L&D) these days.  It seems like everyone is doing it or wants to be doing it.  The problem is, people often have a hard time defining just what “it” is.  In addition, there’s even less certainty around how to […]

Six Tips for Reaching the Life Sciences “Modern Learner”

By Sue Iannone You’ve heard about the “Modern Learner” before.  It’s a hot topic in the learning and development (L&D) space today.  Who exactly is this Modern Learner, and what should be keep in mind as we think about creating training solutions?  In this article, we’ll take a brief look at the ten characteristics of […]

Is Interactivity Always Best?

By Nathan Pienkowski It’s almost a given these days that learning programs need to be interactive.  Instructional designers are constantly looking for ways to boost interactivity as a means of increasing engagement, uptake, and retention.  To be sure, there are very good reasons for this. But, are there times when interactivity is counter-productive?  Are there […]

Dealing with the Limits on Human Perception, Attention, & Cognition, Part Two

Part Two of a Two-Part Series By Nathan Pienkowski In Part I of this series, we discussed the fact that we humans have limits on what stimuli or information we can perceive and absorb.  Those limits manifest in three areas:  perception, attention, and cognition.  First, we have limits on what we can perceive.  Our brains […]

Dealing with the Limits on Human Perception, Attention, & Cognition

Part One of a Two-Part Series By Nathan Pienkowski Much has been said about the “Modern Learner.”  The concept basically states that today’s modern learners have shorter attention spans, are easily distracted, and like to have information presented to them in nice, bite-sized chunks.  The implication is that modern learners are “lazy” and will not […]

Human-Centered Learning

By Nathan Pienkowski Imagine you’re planning to design a new product that will help its users solve a specific problem. Before beginning the design process, doesn’t it make sense to first analyze the problem, understand how it affects people (your potential customers), and then design the product with end users’ perspectives and needs in mind?  […]