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How long should microlearning be?

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7 minutes or less (at least that’s what I heard at a conference). Or it could be under 10 minutes (because that’s what an industry report said). Or maybe it’s 4 minutes and 20 seconds (because that’s the average duration of a YouTube video nowadays). How long should it be?” is the most popular question in the microlearning conversation, by far. People struggle with the term “micro” and want to specify a time requirement.

How do you convert traditional training content to microlearning?

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I’m often asked the following question: “How do you convert traditional content to microlearning?” The answer? You don’t. Well, not exactly … Before we get into the details, first, let’s revisit the definition of microlearning : Microlearning is an approach to training that delivers content in short, focused bites.

How do you measure microlearning?

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Learning and development (L&D) professionals have been dealing with problems measuring the effectiveness of their programs for decades. Does this sound familiar? First, you schedule people out of the operation to attend a class or complete an eLearning module. Then, to get to level 1 (reaction) measurement, you have to send them a survey and hope they respond. To hit level 2 (learning), you give them a test, but this only measures their knowledge at that specific moment in time.

Meaningful Change for L&D in 2018 – According to the Experts

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Many writers start their year by exploring the big trends that will dominate the conversation for the next 12 months. That’s exactly what we did just in our first post for 2017. This year, folks like Bryan Jones from eLearning Art have this topic more than covered. Check out his post and summary video. Trends can certainly show us what’s coming down the pike for our profession, but they don’t always align to where you are as an organization and as a professional.

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3 Reasons to Prioritize On-Demand Customer Training

How can you provide a great onboarding experience while keeping up with a growing customer base? By leveraging on-demand training. This guide describes three benefits of adding on-demand training to your onboarding process. Click here to download.

How long is microlearning?

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7 minutes or less (at least that’s what I heard at a conference). Or it could be under 10 minutes (because that’s what an industry report said). Or maybe it’s 4 minutes and 20 seconds (because that’s the average duration of a YouTube video nowadays). How long should it be?” is the most popular question in the microlearning conversation, by far. People struggle with the term “micro” and want to specify a time requirement.

Adaptive learning is possible – right now!

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Adaptive learning is possible. Today. Right now. In your organization. I recently read an article that bemoaned the challenge of implementing an adaptive learning strategy within an organization. The author stated it is extremely difficult to execute an adaptive learning program that has true value to the employee. I couldn’t disagree more. For the past 6 years, I’ve been talking about adaptive learning. I’ve written a few dozen articles and an eBook. I’ve presented at industry conferences.

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Curated Insights: Taking Gamification to the Next Level

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“Who are the game mechanics?” I was asked this question during a recent meeting as I described the way gamification can motivate user engagement as part of a modern learning strategy.

Corporate Training: It’s time to enter a new frontier

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How to measure, understand, and continuously optimize the business impact of learning. Here’s the startling truth: Business leaders spend $140B globally on training each year, but they have no idea whether or not training is moving the needle on any business initiative. Ridiculous? There’s no way in heck this lack of accountability would fly in any other functional area of the organization, so why does this happen in corporate training? Well, the answer is simple.

State of the Front-Line Manager

It's no secret that front-line managers are essential to your organization's success. They form the base of your leadership development funnel and, most likely, account for over half of all your organization's leaders. Improving how front-line managers perform yields mouthwatering increases in how individual contributors perform.

Workplace training is failing to meet employees’ needs

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How can an organization experience continued success, if it doesn’t equip its workforce with the right skillsets and knowledge? Short answer: it simply will not. So, you would think it’s a no-brainer: provide the right training for your employees, and as a result, they will be more effective in their jobs and drive company success. Unfortunately for most organizations, across a variety of industries, this is not the reality.

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New survey reveals top 2018 corporate learning trends

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Tech trends come and go, but L&D (learning and development) professionals have to know how to cut through the noise. Keeping a pulse on the next big thing is crucial for steering company time and resources in the right direction. Every year since 2014, Don H. Taylor, Chairman of the UK-based Learning Performance Institute, asks over 1000 L&D leaders worldwide one question: What will be hot in workplace L&D this year?

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How Northgate González Market saved half a million dollars with a new approach to training

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Reduce shrink and safety incidents. Decrease employee onboarding time. Mitigate company risk. Improve profits. If you work in retail , I know I’m speaking your language. No matter what you’re selling, and no matter the size—these are the kinds of challenges every retailer faces. Not too long ago Northgate González Market , a grocery store chain with more than 6,000 employees operating in locations across southern California, was in the same boat.

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5 tips for selling learning to the C-suite

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Expectations around L&D are changing. No longer just overhead, L&D must become accountable for achieving results that tie directly to meeting overall corporate objectives. And that means that L&D executives must also be prepared and able to sell learning to the C-suite. What do we mean?

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How to Price and Package Customer Training

To charge or not to charge? That is the question many customer training teams are facing today. The answer, however, is not always a straightforward yes or no. Download this guide to learn more.

3 Questions You Should be Asking About Gamification

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Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of hosting a webinar with gamification expert Karl Kapp. The primary focus of the webinar was to look at some of the proof points that tie together gamification and business performance.

Can microlearning be applied to soft skills?

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I hosted an interactive panel discussion on microlearning during the 2018 ATD International Conference and Expo in San Diego. Between the 4 panelists with considerable experience on the topic and the 400+ attendees, it’s safe to say that it was the BIGGEST microlearning discussion ever conducted. Participants submitted questions online, and we did our best to answer as many as possible during the session. We then published our responses to all 170 questions via LearnGeek.

Mobile is a Game Changer for Knowledge on Demand

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These days, everyone is on the move! No longer is the office a static place where everyone goes to do their work. The notion of “office” has changed significantly as people have embraced their mobile devices.

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4 BIG business problems you can solve with adaptive learning

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Every organization is unique—even if we’re in the same industry. We’re in different communities. We’re made up of different people. We have different priorities. That said, the realities of modern business have introduced a new set of challenges that are often shared across companies and industries. Disruption is a constant. Agility is a requirement. Our employees’ ability to make the right decisions and constantly develop is a considerable differentiator.

The Secret to Getting Learning Results May Not Be What You Think

Do you struggle to achieve measurable results with your learning solutions? If so, you’re not alone. According to CEB, traditional training only creates 37% learning transfer. This guide explores the causes of poor transfer and concrete steps to achieving better outcomes.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Reflecting on Learning 2016

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The Axonify team joined 1,600 learning and performance professionals earlier this week at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida for Learning 2016.

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Measuring learning ROI is hard – but not impossible

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There’s no denying it — tying learning to business results is a challenging and resource-intensive task. Many companies struggle with demonstrating this connection across a variety of industries. Most, in fact, have a tough time progressing past the basic measures of learning like performance improvement and organizational compliance. But, the most desirable and undeniable measure all organizations would like to show is: business results.

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Have We Forgotten What Microlearning Means?

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Let’s take a walk around the modern corporate learning ecosystem. Picture a verdant garden, where technological innovation has ploughed over a massive acreage of ineffective tools, like the LMS, to completely renew the landscape. Hear that?

What Happens When Your Employees Don’t Know?

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It’s a Saturday. You’ve had a heck of a week. After experiencing the luxury of sleeping in a little, you decide to get started on the day by tackling the usual things … shower, make breakfast, feed the children.

Your Guide to Creating a Customer Onboarding Program

Even if you don’t have a formal program in place, customer onboarding is already happening at your organization. The question is, are you dictating it and guaranteeing a great experience? If not, this guide can help help.

How “associate-first” learning drives more sales and satisfaction

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loseyourmarbles.co. Retailers everywhere are trying to keep pace with the evolving needs of the digitally empowered shopper. By now, most retailers are in various stages of reimaging and re-executing the brick-and-mortar experience from the ground-up.

Do you have the right data to make adaptive learning work?

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We’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again here: If your approach to microlearning isn’t adaptive , you’re only halfway there. These two strategies go hand-in-hand and place one important, common element at the very center: the employee.

Curated Insights: The Immediate Possibilities of BIG Data

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Whenever someone talks about the “future of learning” nowadays, the same topics inevitably come up: augmented reality, virtual reality, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data. But, while they’re discussed in future tense, several of these “trendy topics” aren’t exactly new.

3 biggest flaws with the LMS and why it doesn’t make your employees better on-the-job performers

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Living up to the Promise of eLearning: Closing the Learning-Doing Gap

It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.

The “Not a Love Letter” to the LMS – Bring it On!

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About a month ago, I was soaking up the rays on a beautiful beach in Mexico when I started receiving a series of texts and phone calls on my personal mobile number from an automotive sales rep that I’ll name “Jim”.

No One Left Behind: Driving Performance within a Deskless Workforce

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If there is one thing we’ve learned, it is that a single decision by an employee can make a huge impact on the organization (positive or negative).

Curated Insights: Writing Good Questions

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Can you write a good multiple choice question? After all, this is a foundational skill for a modern L&D pro, especially in large organizations that use a lot of online content. Unfortunately, it sounds a lot easier than it is.

Curated Insights: How will Pokemon GO influence workplace learning?

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It may only be a few weeks old, but Pokemon GO has already claimed its spot as the most talked-about app of 2016. With more than 15 million active users who play for 34 minutes per day on average , Pokemon GO has a more engaged user base than Snapchat or Facebook.

How to Price and Package Customer Training

To charge or not to charge? That is the question many customer training teams are facing today. The answer, however, is not always a straightforward yes or no. Download this guide to learn more.

In the world of contact centers—customer services rules all

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Customer service is important to most businesses but when you work for a telecom company?—?it it is absolutely critical. People simply aren’t willing to wait and since the market is a large, competitive one, they don’t have to.

Culture before Content: 3 Steps for Warming Up Your Organization to the Idea of Microlearning

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Microlearning is a hot topic right now—and for good reason. Providing solutions that align to the science of learning and fit into employees’ regular workflow should get people plenty excited. But, the reality is, not everyone may share your enthusiasm.

Getting Into the Flow: How Casual Games Increase Learning Engagement

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People are more disengaged than ever. A poll by the Gallup organization estimates that in 2015, “the majority (50.8%) of employees were ‘not engaged,’ while another 17.2% were ‘actively disengaged’.” Actively disengaged” is one of my favorite phrases.

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Are your employees prepared for a disaster, like Hurricane Matthew?

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It’s 8 am on a Friday morning – a little overcast, but nothing out of the ordinary. You’re at your desk leisurely sipping a tall Americano, trying to keep your eyes open as you sift through about a hundred emails that have flooded your inbox since the night before.

Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to learn how to shift the perspective from event to journey and how to take learners through Proficiency Journeys to get results.