Today’s workers and learners strive to learn by themselves because of the immediate need to solve problems and make needed change. They find the answers and solutions themselves without waiting for formal training programs. This is a great opportunity for those who are in the training and learning professions. The challenge, however is how to start and make changes to accelerate learning in micro ways and stop just pushing content production.
The time is ripe to help the new worker. Rapid business change, popularity of mobile devices, availability of apps and advances or shifts in technology are creating favorable environments for Microlearning.
Learning in the workflow integrates training, learning, performance, support, coaching and knowledge streaming to help learners access, apply, store and retrieve information while doing work. It also helps them learn faster and attain immediate results at lesser cost.
Rapid business change presents learning designers and developers with both challenges and opportunities. The ever-shifting technological landscape pressures companies to respond with organizational changes. They are constantly faced with challenges such as:
- Gaining first-to-market advantage
- Preventing product obsolescence
- Coping with constant changes in policies, prices and customer needs
- Supporting agile product design, development and distribution
- Adhering to new compliance standards
Microlearning enables learning stakeholders to meet these changes head on. In particular, it helps:
- Disrupt results with faster, better, less costly learning
- Facilitate learning while in the workflow and as needed
- Develop and implement compliance programs by trickles, snippets and spaced-out delivery
- Embed tips, checklists, solutions in software, processes and other guides
- Aid learning in very fluid business environments
- Enable real-time collaboration between engineers, operations, administration, marketing, customer support, and learning and development departments
- Deliver Microlearning in layers of learning and performance systems
The Microlearning for Disruptive Results - An Action-Driven Online Workshop will cover the following topics:
- Understand the new learner type, “The Seekers”—“get-it-now,” “do-it-now” and “must-learn-it-now” workers and learners
- Review the science and findings on why Microlearning disrupts results
- Align roles of L&D, trainers, SMEs, elearning designers and developers in implementing Microlearning
- Define Microlearning
- Compare Microlearning with formal and informal learning
- Establish the effectiveness of Microlearning
- Understand the environments of on-the-move, on-the-job and mobile learners
- Identify challenges and opportunities for Microlearning demands
- Implement a dynamic needs analysis approach for up-to-the-minute Microlearning requirements
- Conduct automated assessment of business critical gaps for immediate attention
- Design shorter, succinct and chunked knowledge bases, learning lessons and on-the-job aids, references and support tools
- Use templates and design models to communicate design approach
- Use the principles of “simple rules” in designing job aids, tips, guides and references
- Introduce knowledge-sharing processes and practices with workers and teams
- Facilitate micro-coaching, micro-goal setting, micro-assessments, micro-projects and peer reviews
- Change writing, video and presentation styles for Microlearning
- Add context, stories, metaphors and memes to increase acceptance, motivation and engagement among learners and workers
- Understand the roles of experts, learning accelerators and curators
- Sustain Microlearning initiatives
- Link Microlearning with competency and expertise development
- Integrate Microlearning with learning environments and blended approaches
- Apply Microlearning in compliance, technical, operations, manufacturing, software, people skills, on-boarding and awareness training
- Integrate Microlearning content in social learning, communities of practice, technical support and performance support
- Implement a Subject Matter Expert (SME) Microlearning content preparation process
- Convert existing large content and new content into Microlearning content
- Implement individual, group and automated curation processes
- Consider impacts on LMSs, XAPI, RLS, adaptive mobile tools, MOOCs, micro videos, virtual reality (VR), games and situated learning, performance systems and social learning tools to facilitate micro-content delivery and tracking
- Implement instant analytics and statistical data to help learners self-manage learning
- Capture analytics and measure impacts and benefits of Microlearning content in work efficiencies, cost reduction and improved performance
- Calculate savings from Microlearning
- Prepare presentations on Microlearning projects
- Present justification on investment returns for using micro-lessons
- Exhibit a business case to show financial impacts and yield of Microlearning design
- View and study examples and demos
The Microlearning for Disruptive Results - An Action-Driven Online Workshop is a novel approach in blended learning. Instead of an instruction- or teaching-oriented method, the workshop is focused on “doing and application.” It provides experience, skill development and real-life application of Microlearning. At the end of the workshop, participants would have experienced Microlearning implementation, not just its theory.
Key Elements of the Workshop Method
- The workshop topics are spread out over three sessions.
- Participants will access a secure website for all workshop activities.
- For each session, participants will study Microlearning subjects—an average of about 5 subjects ranging from 5 to 7 minutes each.
- There are a total of 20 subjects.
- Each subject contains all must-do and must-learn on the topic. Knowledge bases are provided for mastery and further detailed study before, during and up to six months after the workshop.
- Each Microlearning subject contains micro-lessons, activities, mini-projects, references and tips.
- Participants can do self-driven study on a daily basis to review the Microlearning subjects.
- Participants may also choose to do advance previews of all 20 subjects as their time will allow.
- Mentors and facilitators are available for consultation at a specified time daily.
- Participants are required to showcase their projects as part of the knowledge-sharing activities. Confidential content may be confined to facilitator’s viewing.
- Mentors and facilitators are available to provide immediate feedback to mini-projects through chat and discussion rooms or, if needed, by phone, Skype, Join.me or other alternatives.
- A two-hour webinar, that is facilitator-led, is scheduled for each session focused on haring expert experiences, answering questions and providing guidance and feedback. Plus at least one hour for exercise that is independent and self-driven. Mentors are assigned to participants. A total of 3 hours for each session. Webinar sessions will use Zoom.
- Participants will have individual and team progress analytics for self-learning management and feedback to mentors and facilitators.
- It is recommended, although not required, that the participant has one or two peers from his/her company or personal contacts to be peer reviewers and collaborators. They will interact and provide feedback and review of the participant’s mini-projects. This allows the participant to experience how to work with a team.
Organizations use many forms of collaborative and learning platforms. The workshop does not require participants to use one nor does the workshop promote any specific software or platform. Instead, a proprietary system will be used to enable participants to have hands-on experience throughout the duration of the workshop. Participants will likewise be asked to review, explore or use their company’s or other providers' software and platforms for more meaningful application as needed.
The workshop is for team members who are responsible for helping employees, clients and customers apply knowledge and information.
The workshop is significantly beneficial to the following audiences:
- Learning, training and elearning specialists, team members and leaders.
- Team leaders of different functions within the company who desire to learn how to improve Microlearning knowledge sharing to support projects.
- Subject matter experts (SMEs) who are responsible for implementing blended training and elearning.
- Instructional designers who must convert content or create highly engaging elearning, performance support and on-the-job training.
- Trainers, presenters, designers and developers who need to add high interaction and engagement to their training and elearning courses.
- Managers and leaders who must lead and manage the design and development of Microlearning systems.
- Customer support and product engineers involved with client interaction and product information distribution.
The workshop is an in-depth experience employing high interaction, varied multimedia lessons, mini-projects, coaching and mentoring. Due to the extensive need for facilitator and mentor interaction, workshop seats are limited. Reserve your seats early.
For interested participants outside of the US with inquiry regarding time differences, please let us know so we can assist you further. Thank you.
Session 1 - November 09, 2023
Session 2 - November 16, 2023
Session 3 - November 28, 2023
Fallback Date: November 29, 2023
(In case a session is moved due to technical issues.)
8:30 am - 10:30 am - Pacific
9:30 am - 11:30 am - Mountain
10:30 am - 12:30 pm - Central
11:30 am - 01:30 pm - Eastern
For interested participants outside of the US. Please click on this link to see the time conversion example and find your related time. Thank you.
One participant - $750.00
10% Early Bird Discount
(valid for registration not later than 30 days before the workshop)
5% Government/Non-profit Discount
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In the workshop you will receive the workshop ebook and learn to apply the “ZAP™ Microlearning Design Process.”
- Zooming in on the most useful and tiniest context and content;
- Accessible and ultra light, 24/7, workflow, get-it-now, do-it-now environments; and
- Performance impacts, capture analytics and feedback, and continuous and progressive rebuilding of Microlearning experiences.
ZAP™ Microlearning Design Process provides mapping flow, schematic models, templates and reusable case applications.
Participants will receive a workshop ebook version of Ray Jimenez’s book on Microlearning.
Ray Jimenez, PhD
Ray Jimenez, Ph.D., spent 15 years with Coopers & Lybrand in the areas of management consulting and implementation of learning technology solutions. As a management consultant, Ray has worked with various experts from different domains and industries. Ray is the author of Microlearning for Disruptive Results (soon to be released), Microlearning Impacts Report, 3-Minutes eLearning, Scenario-Based Learning, Do-It-Yourself eLearning, Story Impacts Learning and Performance eBook and Story-Based eLearning Design.
Ray has worked with American Bankers Association, Neiman Marcus, the U.S. Air Force, NASA, Blue Cross, Goodwill Industries, Pixar Studios, Edison Missing Group, Dendreon, Netafim, Progressive Insurance, Bridgepoint Education and California Institute of Technology, to name a few. He is the Chief Learning Architect for www.VignettesLearning.com. He has taught at the University of California, Irvine; University of Texas Southwest Medical Center, Dallas; Assumption University, Bangkok and Open Learning University, Hong Kong. He is a sought-after expert and workshop facilitator for Training Magazine, eLearning Guild and ATD Conferences.
Workshop participants describe Ray as “fun,” “engaging,” “technically savvy,” “provocative,” “inspiring,” and “has depth and experience in Story-based eLearning Design.”
Mentors and Co-Presenters
Jonathan Workman has been in the learning industry for more than 20 years designing and delivering solutions for instruction-led, web-based, video- or computer-based training, and elearning for national and international companies. In all his work, Jonathan incorporates elements of micro-lesson design, collaborative learning, social learning and storytelling, a skill he learned first during his stint in improvisational comedy and later on honed in story-based design learned through his association with Dr. Ray Jimenez. Jonathan has experience in areas of manufacturing, financial and operations safety, processes and equipment training and learning design.
Melissa is an Instructional Designer for a company in the financial services industry. She also mentors for Vignettes Learning, helping others learn how to hone their scenario-based instructional design skills. She has been in the Training world delivering and creating training for a little over 11 years. Melissa has written several articles for the eLearning Industry website and enjoys sharing her knowledge of instructional design with others.
Strategic-thinking Training Consultant with more than 18 years experience in training and course development: delivering training, designing and managing training projects internationally. In addition, served as an organizational development lead supporting initiatives in 7 languages and in 14 countries. Adept at assessing needs, generating options and implementing learning solutions in collaboration with clients and stakeholders. Expertise in designing and implementing strategic plans and develop high performing teams. A genuine passion for elevating organizational perfromance and employee satisfaction.
Aimee Lantzy is currently the Director of Learning & Development at GitHub. She has over ten years of experience in content creation, instructional design and learning strategy and has worked with some of the top performing eLearning companies in the country. She holds the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) certification from ATD as well as additional certifications in content rights management, intellectual property rights management, story-based learning design, scenario-based learning design and mobile learning development. Aimee is currently a doctoral student in education at Johns Hopkins University.
Brenda LaRose has been involved in training for most of her career, beginning with the design and delivery of art courses for adults. She has designed and delivered solutions for instructor-led, web-based and computer-based training such as eLearning for her own training organization and for national organizations, incorporating creative elements whenever possible. She now incorporates micro-lesson and story-based design elements that she learned through association with Dr. Ray Jimenez to engage learners and ensure that lessons have an impact. Brenda has experience in areas of retail, leadership, mentoring, processes, health & safety, facilitation and learning design.
Crystal L. Fernandes-Harris has more than 10 years of experience in instructional design, training and e-learning video creation, and editing and developing documentation. Crystal is passionate about the Flipped Learning Model and continuously supports the implementation of engaging and creative blended learning methods, especially micro-learning and story-based design. In 2016, Crystal was a recipient of the 2016 Emerging Training Leader from Training Magazine and in 2017 she received the Academy of Human Resources Development’s (AHRD) Excellence in Scholarly Practice Award for the submission - Flipping the Corporate Classroom: Challenging the Norm in Legal Technology Training.
Crystal has experience in the areas of electronic medical records, new employee orientation, various legal technologies, processes and software training and design.
Cara North has worked in learning and development for 10 years in both corporate and higher education settings. In her learning and development career, Cara has developed an expertise in learning technology evaluation, job and task analysis, and curriculum development. After attending a conference where Dr. Ray Jimenez had a session, Cara wanted to learn more. Now she applies story-based design and storytelling throughout her instructional design projects. She is interested in microlearning research and is working towards earning her Ph.D. in Educational Studies with an emphasis in Learning Technologies. An avid networker, you can find Cara on Twitter at caranorth11, sharing information about learning technology and instructional design.
Ray is an incredibly likeable, relatable presenter who provided practical, hands on solutions to issues that run across all organizations. I enjoyed this workshop more than any other I've attended in my professional career.
Creative Studio Director
The content this really great seminar successfully addresses ways to provide critical, just-in-time learning solutions in multiple domains (business, education, etc.). Additionally, the content of the seminar was structured in a way to provide participants with the tools to adapt and customize the tools and processes to fit their own needs.
Dr. Jimenez is an engaging, educated and entertaining instructor. He built on his ideas in an excellent manner, starting with a broad foundation and working up to the specific, all the while checking in with the participants to insure that everyone understood, before progressing.
Consulting Educator &EdD candidate
“This session provided me with ideas to share with my instructional designers that I know will make their content even smaller, more engaging and impactful. Really great stuff!”
Director of Learning and Development
Cash America International
“Ray is one of the most natural teachers I have ever met. He is able to take all the high-level concepts that he has studied, discovered and used, and bring them down to a level where almost anyone can understand them.”
Johns Hopkins University
"I recommend this workshop to my associates and for those who want to have a good grounding in Microlearning implementation, its tools and learning design."
"Ray Jimenez is a first-rate facilitator providing thorough, excellent learning examples and hand-out material in his e-learning workshop."
Chico's FAS, Inc.