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Are Instructional Designers Incapable of Micro-Learning Design? - Tip #124

Vignettes Learning

Why is it difficult for instructional designers to think and do micro-learning? I define micro-learning closely to that of Theo Hug's description : Micro-Learning is: Low effort Fast Easy Immediately applicable At the heart of this definition is the focus on what workers and learners actually do in very short, rapid and almost instantaneous basis while trying to fix, change and improve something. The above situation involves a Micro-Action.

3 Strategies for Sure-Fire Micro-Learning Success - Tip #127

Vignettes Learning

In my interactions with instructional designers, one thing always stood out: They have a tendency to provide a lot of content. For trainers and designers, this means a shift in how we should view learning and content. From “all content is important,” I propose we should focus on learning that helps learners perform their jobs. Focus on Micro-Actions Micro-actions are very specific actions that learners do which result in improving their performance.


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5 Success Strategies in Micro-Learning Implementation - Tip #115

Vignettes Learning

The five mother sauces are analogous to the five core success strategies in the elements of Micro-Learning. They make learning enjoyable so that it stays in our memories as flavorful and artistic experiences. Simply put, implementing Micro-Learning is like finding the right sauce to spice up a dish. I explained this in " How Micro-Learning Boosts 'At the Moment Performance' ". In short, insert Micro-Learning in the workflow.

How to Create Context-Setting Learning Objectives - Tip #162

Vignettes Learning

So how do we help learners focus on usefulness and context of the content and to design and deliver training and eLearning programs to resist the tendency to dump content? Yes, the overload problem is real and manifests in elearning, classroom training and other forms of learning. The challenge for eLearning designers and leaders to engage users without overwhelming them with dumped content is a reality. This is the essence of using Story-based Learning Objectives.

Learning Objectives are Dead Unless You Do CPR - Tip #122

Vignettes Learning

Learning objectives are good as basis for defining what we want to impart to learners. Unfortunately, when we stop there, learners find the learning objectives senseless and as a result, disengage and/or skip the objectives altogether. A Linear Structure Kills Learning Objectives A typical course — its objectives, content and context as well as the type of lessons in this course follow a linear structure, which is common in traditional learning designs.

Overcoming the shortcomings of micro-learning


Micro-learning seems to be the appropriate solution to all of these problems. Modules are generally concise and have a single learning objective. Bite-size learning units come in a great variety – they can be videos, presentations, short quizzes, podcasts or infographics just to name a few. They are also highly interactive as they seek to fully engage the learner and are designed to work a wide range of devices. E-learning

Micro learning: From small points to the big picture


How micro learning and Impressionism connect. Whenever you see someone at work — a colleague, a manager, a new employee — scrolling down a Twitter feed, do you think he or she is wasting precious company time on a frivolous micro-blogging platform? They actually might learn something from that and later help you with impressing that client. What's more, these micro-moments of learning don't have to be all spontaneous. How to make micro learning work.

Micro-Learning: The New Way of Learning for Employee Training

Designing Digitally

Micro-learning is learning in short, bite-sized units. It is emerging as the latest learning strategy and can close a knowledge or skill gap pretty fast. Micro-learning scores over old-school training because it is designed to address this issue quite well. Title: Why is micro-learning effective? Description: Here are some reasons why micro-learning is way ahead of competition from other modes of employee training.

STOP, THINK, FOCUS: 4 Ways to Design Time-Saving Lessons - Tip #208

Vignettes Learning

It was a couple of years ago when I was in Santa Monica when I learned of the BIRD scooters. This illustration relates back to our training and learning industry. In the many years that I’ve worked with instructional designers, the “all content is important” mindset remains prevalent. In designing content, we need to make it simple, short, fast and immediately useful at work. 4 Ways to Design Time-Saving Lessons 1. This way, they learn faster, no time wasted.

Part II : Where Are You with Your Blended Learning Strategy?


Thank you for joining us on our second part of our 4 part blog series on which we examine a different type of Blended Learning strategies, and how you could start strategizing or implement these ideas onto your current training plans. In this second post, we are going to look at tactics that can be immediately deployed to improve your blended learning strategy. Micro-learning – as RLO (re-usable learning objects). New Product learning.

5 Big Don’ts for Successful Webinar Presentations - Tip #211

Vignettes Learning

In my previous blogs, I’ve shared numerous dos when designing and delivering successful webinars. Don’t drag with facts I have learned, from my experience in doing webinars, that you immediately lose your audience’s attention the moment you start your presentation with facts. Nothing is enticing nor motivating about going through a litany of learning objectives, or stating compliance policies, or showing a bunch of technical data.

It’s Really That Simple - Steps in Story Learning Design - Try the Live Exercise - Tip #120

Vignettes Learning

Play this interactive exercise on “ Stash the Cash ” - a Fraud Detection Story-Based Design. SET UP The Set Up is a Story-Based Learning Objective; unlike the static and linear learning objectives, we help learners to immediately recognize the value of these new approach to creating objectives and the lessons to be learned. Here they learn to find their place (Context). Learn more about story and experience-based eLearning.

Kill Boring eLearning with Story-Based Lessons

Vignettes Learning

Relocate Traditional Learning Objectives Most learning objectives are not well stated. They usually state the trainer's objectives rather than that of the learners' hence, they tend to be irrelevant to the learner's needs. Use first voice, vivid images and clean page design. The learner would learn the technical title as he/she goes through the slides. Our focus in the Story-Based Design is on application questions and not memorization.

Stories of Real-Life Fiascos and Blunders Motivate Learners - Tip #121

Vignettes Learning

The challenge then is how to make learning ideas concrete. Know your audience What lessons do your learners need to learn? You can connect the fiasco or blunder to learning objectives and focus on the consequences of what happens if learners fail to succeed or do something. Related Tip: Tip #1 - Use ERRORS in making technical eLearning engaging and embedding objectives in error discovery and resolution 2. The Center for Development and Learning, Dec.

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The SME’s Fault - They Think That All Content Is Important

Vignettes Learning

When I asked leaders and instructional designers why their courses and eLearning are long, extensive and take hours to complete, they decry, “the SMEs say all content are important.” There are a number of reasons why we, as designers and leaders, seem unable to reshape the conversation with SMEs. Although our businesses demand that learning must be shorter, more useful, easier and affordable, we consider ourselves helpless. The designer immediately faces a wall.

Discover the Secrets that Make the Story-Based Lesson Tick

Vignettes Learning

Are you cutting your teeth for a compelling and effective story-based e-learning approach? View the video "The Compliment" to discover the secrets of effective story-based e-learning. Over time, people discovered that recalling past events helped them learn what to avoid and how to behave in the future." Use the opposing wants from the story-based learning objectives to the application of ideas in the story."

11 Ways to Making HR Compliance Engaging - Live Demo

Vignettes Learning

How does the traditional and lengthy PowerPoint slideshow lesson compare to the Story-Based eLearning Design shown here? Turn learning objectives into story-based design Help learners focus on the impacts to show them the value of the lesson. Make the objectives less intrusive to the learners. The questions are triggers for self-learning. Ray Jimenez, PhD Vignettes Learning "Helping Learners Learn Their Way"[link] Ray Jimenez, PhD.

Small Bites Learning - Fast, Cheap, Flexible and Learners Love Them!

Vignettes Learning

The answer is NO, if we think of designing and developing content following the old-fashion linear method of learning design. A big YES, if we focus our efforts on understanding learners' concerns first and foremost, then design and deliver from that vantage point. That is why and how the lady in the photo below learns - by bits and pieces or by small bites along the way. The topic was Small Bites Learning.

A Case Study on Microlearning as Performance Support to Reinforce Existing Training

Adobe Captivate

Microlearning is a modern instructional design strategy that: Aligns with the modern, tech-savvy workforce with shorter attention spans. Focusses on one specific learning outcome. Provides just-in-time performance support to reinforce learning and improves retention. Enables learners to choose when and what they need to learn at the moment of need. Microlearning Case Study Overview: Instructional Design Strategy: Microlearning Solution as performance support.

How to Use Questions to Immerse Learners in Your Lesson

Vignettes Learning

The SRIA (Set Up, Relate, Interpret, and Apply) model is the cornerstone of the effective use of interactive stories in learning design. It contains the four key elements that gives the learner the best possible experience and helps him or her make the most of the learning received. Learning is a Race with Yourself Have you ever been in a rowing race? Learning is a lot like that, and so is the SRIA model (Set Up, Relate, Interpret, Apply).

Anti-Bullying - How to combine story with a compliance lesson?

Vignettes Learning

Instead of the generic lesson 1 learning objectives, we used "How Allan Feels". Your learners will have more fun and learn your lessons better. Ray Jimenez, PhD Vignettes Learning "Helping Learners Learn Their Way"[link] Ray Jimenez, PhD. Vignettes Learning Learn more about story and experience-based eLearning. e-Learning Strategy eLearning instructional design mico-scenarios micro-learning ray jimenez story-based

Employing Story Structure and Dynamics to Engage Different Learners

Vignettes Learning

Now that we know what types of learners we are likely to face, it becomes clearer how we can improve the way we create and use stories in our learning objectives. Storytelling and Interactive Stories - The Difference Our focus in Story-Based Learning Design is to emphasize the aspects of Interactive Stories. Interactive Stories are best employed in synchronous and asynchronous learning. Vignettes Learning Learn more about story and experience-based eLearning.

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Learning by SNIFFING: Are Learners Really Distracted or Are They Learning Differently? - Tip #135

Vignettes Learning

Also, it becomes problematic when this serves as the foundation for a microlearning design. What’s more, the concept of distracted learners assumes they have to complete testing to show they’ve learned the content. Or could it be possible that they’re just learning differently? It may be that many of us have been too long at our roles as instructors and designers and continue to “force” our formal content as the best way to learn.

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Evaluating Sales Training Programs


A study by CLO Magazine reported 70% of employees surveyed felt more motivated to learn when they could access the training on their mobile devices, while 72% reported increased engagement with mobile learning. Micro-learning. Along with accessibility, look for whether the training program delivers the information in bite-size courses, otherwise known as “micro-learning.”. Depending on your relationship, you compete, learn, and thrive off one another.

3 Reasons You Need to Go In for an E-learning Curriculum

CommLab India

Are you planning to go in for e-learning? Would you like to have the highest ROI on your online learning initiative? Well, you need to go in for e-learning curriculums. What is an e-learning curriculum? A course is made up of lessons, each dealing with a learning objective. An e-learning curriculum comprises a set of micro-learning modules, each not more than ten minutes in duration and presenting the content of a lesson online.

How to Refine Your Flash courses in HTML5 Conversions

42 Design Square

All design is reiterative and your existing courses represent hours of reviews by subject matter experts. Over the years, the learning and development department has much feedback from actual learners on these existing courses. Here are a few design decisions that may require your attention: Learning Objectives: Changing technology, rules, processes, procedures, and laws may require that your course learning objectives be re-evaluated and re-framed.

MicroLearning: The Bite-sized Elephant


It’s getting difficult to tell a fad from a genuinely new development these days, but make no mistake — “micro-learning” has gained enough traction. Microlearning was the demand of the times, as social media and ultra busy lives have changed every single way we consume content, including learning. When was the last time you were truly excited about a 40-minute traditional e-learning course? How Micro is Micro-learning? e-learning Microlearning

xSMART – The Framework to Drive Your Content Modernization Initiative

Harbinger Interactive Learning

In my last blog , I touched upon how organizations are looking at modernizing their existing learning material to adapt to technology disruptions and meet the modern-day learners’ demands. Modernization is being used as a transformational strategy to deliver business results by creating unique experiences for learners. This framework, known as xSMART, is a solution accelerator designed for teams to successfully implement and execute a content modernization strategy.

Ways Gamification Implements Emotions in Microlearning

Ed App

However, it is only since 2010 that corporates have begun to use this learning engagement as part of their training strategy. This is a learning strategy that mixes game mechanics and content to engage learners and thereby turn the entire learning process into a game.

Vision 2016 - An Interview with Todd Kasenberg


With career stints in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, Todd brings years of experience and expertise in group processes, adult learning, online learning and marketing communications. Todd’s work has reached and delighted thousands of online learners, in both formal and informal learning contexts. He is an often invited speaker and workshop facilitator, loves to talk apps, mobile learning, and job aids, and is a software entrepreneur.

The State of Association E-Learning: Cloudy with a Chance of Sunshine

WBT Systems

The future looks bright for association e-learning. The growing lifelong learning market provides plenty of opportunity. One weakness is holding associations back from reaching their market potential and becoming lifelong learning powerhouses. I learned about this vulnerability while reading the fifth edition of Association Learning + Technology from Tagoras. Start with an association e-learning strategy. Use of mobile learning.

How to Choose the best LMS for Large Enterprises

Hurix Digital

Fortunately, a learning management system (LMS) helps organizations of all sizes – small businesses, mid-sized companies and large enterprises to achieve this goal. Monitor Learning Initiatives: An LMS includes several tools for assessment which can help both employees and instructors to identify the pain points and problems through detailed metrics and data visualizations. An LMS allows learners to learn at their own pace and in their own space.

Free learning & development webinars for August 2017

Limestone Learning

With a laptop (and a frosty drink in hand), it’s easy to put in a quick burst of learning. Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 9AM – 10AM PST: The Business Case for Learning: Using Design Thinking to Deliver Business Results Expenditures for learning and talent development have grown significantly in the past two decades. Few leaders would argue that learning is critical for organizational growth. Eight steps that incorporate design thinking in the learning cycle.

Free learning & development webinars for May 2017

Limestone Learning

Monday, May 1, 2017, 11AM – 12PAM PT: Designing for Memory (Free for ATD members) When building something, it's helpful to know your constraints before you get started. The parts of our memory that are used during learning are easily overwhelmed. An overwhelmed memory has a difficult, if not impossible, time learning. So, rather than ignore this powerful constraint and deal with problematic outcomes, we should understand it and design for memory constraints.

Rapid Authoring Tips to Tackle Legacy Flash eLearning Content


But, with learners branching away from desktop learning and exploring micro-learning on various mobile devices, Flash-based courses are becoming redundant: Flash-based content is not supported by mobile devices or the latest browsers. States are different versions of an object.

Free L&D webinars for September 2018

Limestone Learning

New learning helps too, and September is full of free webinars that can add to your knowledge stores! Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 9AM – 10AM PT: Content Authoring Strategies That Save Enterprises Both Time and Money Without the ability for managers to personally check in with every single employee, global enterprises need compelling eLearning so that dispersed workforces can meet their training requirements. Paula will also share her favourite learning evaluation resources!