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 […]

Using Microlearning for Stand-Alone Training

By Carla Torgerson and Sue Iannone In previous blogs, we’ve discussed how microlearning can be used to prepare learners for learning events, and as follow-up after learning events.  In this article, we’ll consider how microlearning can be used as stand-alone training. Key Benefits Of course, using microlearning as stand-alone training can provide all the core […]

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, […]

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 […]