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5 Things to Avoid while Implementing Microlearning

Microlearning is a buzzword used widely in the elearning industry. Apparently, chunking learning content into small pieces of 3 to 5 minutes solves the gravest of the L&D problems like learner engagement, lack of time, and even short memory span of modern learners, etc.

Most of this buzz blasphemously disregards three strategic aspects of Microlearning: Content Design, Learning Design and Learning Delivery. And in doing so, knowingly or unknowingly, the true potential of Microlearning is being undermined. Microlearning is a …

Towards a learning organization

Last February 14th, I had the pleasure and the honor to be invited by Netex to their i-love learning event. I was asked to talk about our journey of Santander to become a learning organization, as a key enabler of the strategic aim to transform ourselves into the “best open financial services platform by 2025”.

This strategic goal of this statement would imply a thorough transformation process affecting business paradigms, processes, leadership style, roles, skills and capabilities, attitude …

Challenging the learning experience

Large organisations are empowering middle managers to help people in their professional development and defining their own goals in terms of performance. These practices, increasingly disassociated from the “endless” chains of cascading objectives, require coaching to help people in the short term (itinerary for the position) and in the medium term (skills development to be prepared for the future).

What is the role of the L&D department in this regard? Instructing, as coaches, middle managers? Being facilitators in the classroom …

3 ways to achieve Behavioural Change via eLearning

Behavioural change is the biggest indicator of successful learning and is the hardest to achieve. In the case of soft skills training, compliance training, even sales training, a behavioural change should be the expected output and not just completion of the training.

Two things have always led corporate eLearning strategies:

  1. Academic Education Systems.
    Corporate learning, whether synchronous or asynchronous, follows the same academic systems as schools and universities; i.e. course-based learning with certification deeming learners as qualified.
  2. Learning Technologies.

The decentralized model

While many organizations have moved away from the paradigm of vertical management and move towards flatter management structures and greater involvement with the business line, in most companies I know, the L&D departments still maintain exclusive control and leadership of the entire process of training and learning within the company.

L&D today has the tools to share control. This implies letting others, such as HR, experts in the field and, in most companies, managers and middle managers (that is, those

Time for some messy holiday reading?

Martin Belton makes his way to the beach and discovers something revealing in a recent business best seller which has implications for the way we create and use elearning content

Personally, my holiday reading usually consists of something nice and light. ‘Not too taxing’ is my favourite review comment. But I know some of you long to catch up with the latest business best seller. If that’s you, then I recommend something from last year titled “Messy: How to Be …

8 steps to create change and get people to follow you

If some day you have to implement a change, here are the eight steps necessary to get people to follow you. This can be within a company, in your family or in a community of neighbors. If the change is very desired, you may not have much resistance. The problem arises when the rest do not see or understand the problem or when fear arises. That’s when you need a different strategy.

John Kotter, professor Emeritus at Harvard …

Finding Neverland for the New Learner

“Learning is no longer an internal, individualistic activity.  How people work and function is altered when new tools are utilised. The field of education has been slow to recognise both the impact of new learning tools and the environmental changes in what it means to learn.”

 George Siemens, A Learning Theory for the Digital Age, 2004

The reason for making the word ‘slow‘ in bold is quite evident in corporate learning considering the quote is thirteen years old …

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Learning Galaxy

The late and legendary author of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams once said, “A learning experience is one of those things that says, ‘You know that thing you just did? Don’t do that.”

Those familiar with his work will appreciate the strange smart twisted logic of his writing. His point is well made here. Sometimes the quickest way to learn new things is to mess up. We’re more careful at a road junction where previously we’ve nearly crashed. …

Learning to love Microlearning

Call it bite-sized learning, performance support nuggets or even “micro-assets”, microlearning suddenly seems everywhere. Hitting us in ever smaller more intense bursts, these tasty chunks are leaving us breathless and panting for more knowledge everywhere we go.

But what exactly constitutes microlearning, beyond content delivered in 1-5 minutes bursts?  Microlearning was conceived as a solution for just-in-time training and performance support. But it can also be applied to long term learning programmes. Exponents claim that delivering learning content in bite-size …