It took the Pandemic and the resulting global economic dislocation to make it apparent that workers and workplaces have changed permanently.  

Today, workers and learners prefer more freedom when defining their work. They want to learn anytime, anywhere, and everywhere. Unfortunately, many of the L&D (Learning and Development) specialists think of constraints. They are stuck with pre-pandemic mindsets and tool kits. Their practices are not attuned to the nomad workers and learners. 

This requires the urgent necessity to shift to abundant thinking. The shift to just-in-time and just-enough learning. We, in L&D, have so much to contribute to the Nomad Learners and Workers.   

Over the past two years, Ray Jimenez and his team have spent hundreds of hours developing the Just-in-Time & Just-Enough Learning for Nomad Workers Workshop. The research-based workshop principles, practices, and modern technologies are easy to implement and abundant with takeaway resources, exercises, and tools for immediate usage and application.

The world of work has shifted from top-heavy controlled tasks to freedom-seeking distributed, independent, Gig, remote, and hybrid work. Along with the change comes workers' rising need for better control, empathy, meaningful learning, immediate impact on results, and restored respect for their capacities to learn and discover answers and solutions. These are the overriding principles the Just-in-Time and Just-Enough Learning for Nomad Workers Workshop is based on.    

In the workshop, you will learn to:

  • Understand the underlying shifts that compel us to question and change our old practices.
  • Differentiate the Nomads’ Learning from ADDIE, Microlearning, Experience Learning, Games, and other principles. 
  • Disrupt the traditional pre-pandemic training-centric sessions into personal and work-focused initiatives.
  • Understand what drives and how to help freedom-seeking learners.
  • Implement the Nomads’ Learning methods: Light-Weight Authoring, Throwaway Content, Flattened Platform, Insertion Points, Progressive Problem-Solving, Instant Coaching, Meaningful Learning, Contextual Learning, and many others. 
  • Apply the “7-Steps in Implementing Just-in-Time and Just-Enough Learning for Nomad Workers.”
  • Apply the Nomads’ Learning methods in easy, modular, flexible, open-structured learning.
  • Immediately use exercises, templates, videos, and references. 

To the Nomad Workers and Learners, learning is personal. They have to be useful and meaningful, which allows curiosity to grow and competencies to improve. They want the freedom to design their work and learn. Instead of thinking of these as constraints, this can be an abundance for those who want to help workers learn.  The burden of defining needs shifts to the workers’ work and personal issues that must be their priorities if they areto get results.

Topics: What is the Just-in-Time & Just-Enough Learning for Nomad Workers “T” Model? What are the crossroads between work and personal goals? What is the Nomads’ Point of View of work? What is performance for Nomadic Learners? Why and how do you design and deliver learning for a nomad concept of work? What are practical ways to help workers tell you their needs? What is an Instant Survey? What is Dynamic Matching? What are the advances in learning and A.I. that link need-now and answer-now situations? What are the Insertion Points? 

Exercise: “How to Capture Random, Sporadic, Rapidly Changing Needs of Nomad Workers?” Includes stories, case study, worksheets, videos and trainer's guide.    
Required: 2 Hours Self-Learning and Cohorts; 1 Hour Interactive Webinar

It is not uncommon to hear about “quiet quitting or resignations” which is demoralizing to many workers. Research discoveries and interviews show that workers struggle both at work and with their personal values that impact their motivation and performance. A diminished sense of self-worth can severely damage the learner's learning drive. Nomad Workers and Learners are more equipped to recognize the harsh realities of work and can still stay focused on their contributions. They use a matrix of decisions that they must make decisions on to achieve business goals and keep their personal well-being satisfying.

Topics: How do you reconcile work values and self-values? How do you include awareness of values and realities in learning? How do you implement  learning driven by curiosity, growth, and self-value? How do you create a smart balance between work and rewarding personal growth? How do you use the impacts and navigate a decision matrix? 

Exercise: “I am Coming Home” and “The Decision Matrix of Self and Work”. Includes stories, case study, worksheets, videos and trainer's guide.  
Required: 2 Hours Self-Learning and Cohorts; 1 Hour Interactive Webinar

Traditional learning is “telling” learners. The Nomad Workers and Learners don’t want to be told, they anticipate being inspired. Learning must be just-in-time and just-enough to correlate with the learner’s personal values and the production goals of the organization. To achieve this we have to design for optimal autonomy. A design that meets extreme independent learning within constraints, limited time, and scarce resources.  

Topics: How do you create free-form content that ensures instantly useful solutions? How do you let go of the “telling” content? How do you transfer to the learner, the freedom of when and how to learn? How does the “culture of telling” kill curiosity? How do you make sure that autonomy does not become  an abandonment of work? How do you organize just-in-time and just-enough learning while supporting the nomad learners’ need for extreme independence?

Exercise: “You Don’t Own Me.” Includes stories, case study, worksheets, videos and trainer's guide. 
Required: 2 Hours Self-Learning and Cohorts; 1 Hour Interactive Webinar

Engagement is an old-fashioned word that could mean “coercing learners to like and enjoy learning.” Meaningful learning means that learners work on issues that are important to them and that coincide with their personal vision. This type of learning drives the Nomad Workers and Learners because they learn only what is useful. True engagement means that the workers identify the work issue and problem and learn what is absolutely needed to fix, solve, and improve the work issue.   

Topics: How do you increase workers' ownership of the work issues? What is a Nomad’s work cycle: fixing, solving, improving, creating impacts, and feedback? How do you make just-in-time and just-enough learning meaningful? 

Exercise: “I Can Figure This Out.”  Includes stories, case study, worksheets, videos and trainer's guide. 
Required: 2 Hours Self-Learning and Cohorts; 1 Hour Interactive Webinar

In uncertain, unpredictable, and disruptive business environments, the usual worker recoils from accepting responsibilities due to fear and anxiety. The Nomad Workers and Learners tend to rebound fast and are more resilient. The key ingredient is their ability to think beyond work where they scale from adhering to set norms and standards, and think beyond the obvious. The World Economic Forum refers to the durable learning skills to scale thinking capacities as critical during our times.
Topics: How should you design content, procedures, steps, processes, and FAQs to help Nomad Learners scale their capacities to think beyond job roles and expectations when there are unknowns in real work situations? How do you implement simple and practical modern digital critical thinking processes? How would you sustain learning for resiliency? How do you use just-in-time and just-enough learning to support critical thinking? How do you implement progressive problem-solving? 

Exercise: “Thinking Beyond Standard Jobs and SOPs”. Includes stories, case study, worksheets, videos and trainer's guide.  
Required: 2 Hours Self-Learning and Cohorts; 1 Hour Interactive Webinar


The loss of emotional relationships at work further weakens rapport and connections. Meaningful conversations are critical in achieving team efforts and performance along with the occurrence of learning. Nomad Workers and Learners think of conversations instead of learning and training as these are genuine, instant, rapid, reliable, and add context. In this session, you will learn how to build and use conversations in your design and delivery of learning. You learn how to squeeze in good conversations in just-in-time and just-enough learning. 

Topics: Why does learning from conversations stick? How do you convert content into conversations? How should you lead experience-sharing conversations? How do you decide the best technology to facilitate conversations? What are cascading facilitation and conversations? 

Exercise: “Making Conversations into Results.” Includes stories, case study, worksheets, videos and trainer's guide. 
Required: 2 Hours Self-Learning and Cohorts; 1 Hour Interactive Webinar

The relationships and connections of Nomad Workers flourish in Slack, Youtube, Github, Metaverse, and Tiktok. Their stream of awareness and communications are driven by memes and stories which for them are natural, native, and reliable. Instead of designing and delivering lectures and instructions, relate with Nomad Learners by learning how to communicate using stories that appeal to their values and vision.

Topics: How would you instantly convert a lesson into a story? How should you research and select stories that help Nomad Learners to reflect and attune themselves?  How would you start with the learners’ stories? How do you develop very short, snippet-like, tiny, and provocative memes and stories to engage learners?

Exercise: “Tell Me a Story.” Includes stories, case study, worksheets, videos and trainer's guide. 
Required: 2 Hours Self-Learning and Cohorts; 1 Hour Interactive Webinar

Have you seen a learning platform that starts with only this: “What is your question?” Why does this appeal to the Nomad Learner? It enables them to instantly bring in what is important to them - no unnecessary and long tedious training lessons. Most of today's learning platforms mimic the “telling” culture and are deliverers of massive content. Nomad Learners do not thrive in this environment as they want a platform that centers around their questions and context. These platforms support just-in-time and just-enough learning.  

Topics: What is a very simple platform - foremost - focused on questions? How would you understand how your learning platforms and ecosystems dampen or support Nomad Learners? How do you “rig” a Nomad Learning platform from bits and pieces of software? How do you select “Nomad Learning Platforms”? 

Exercise: “Checklist to Implement the Nomads’ Learning Platform.” Includes stories, case study, worksheets, videos and trainer's guide. 
Required: 2 Hours Self-Learning and Cohorts; 1 Hour Interactive Webinar

Costly, multimedia-rich, and time-intensive course development is now replaced with lightweight methods. They are faster, simpler, easier, and more flexible lessons. They allow you to deliver faster knowledge to Nomad Learners. In this session, we will share cases that use brevity,”kludging”, smallness, accessibility, and findability of content. You will also learn a strategy to draw from learners, experts, and experience leaders to shape, form, and contribute to answer creation.  

Topics: What are lightweight content authoring methods? How do you create lessons that are 10 times faster to deliver and cost 10% of the usual costs? How do you scale down and reuse high-value items from your library of content? How do you transfer the burden of an answer, solution, and content development to the Nomad Learner?

Exercise: “Super-Fast Authoring Methods and Processes.” Includes stories, case study, worksheets, videos and trainer's guide.  
Required: 2 Hours Self-Learning and Cohorts; 1 Hour Interactive Webinar

Most training programs start with the content while context is left to workers and learners to figure out. Due to constant flux and change in their environment and nature of work, Nomad Learners require a sharp method to discover their work context immediately. This accelerates the learning and application of ideas. The designer, developer, and technologist organize the learning strategies for the learners to accelerate discovery. You will learn how to constantly inject context in your just-in-time and just-enough learning content and platforms.  

Topics: How do you discover context? How do you prepare context-ready answers? What targeting techniques do we use to add context? How do you improve skills in observation, diagnosis, solution seeking, and feedback analysis as means for learning? How do you embed context in your just-in-time and just-enough learning projects?

Exercise: “Improving Work as a Learning Process.” Includes stories, case study, worksheets, videos and trainer's guide. 
Required: 2 Hours Self-Learning and Cohorts; 1 Hour Interactive Webinar

Leading Nomad Learners is a dual-pronged challenge. On one hand, Nomad Learners need to understand the world of their leaders. On the other hand, leaders need to appreciate the new expectations of Nomad Workers. Their mutual trust or mistrust impedes the success of just-in-time and just-enough learning strategies. In just-in-time and just-learning for Nomad Workers, the focus is learning while doing work. Both leaders and learners should arrive at a negotiated work and learning arrangement. 

Topics: How do you achieve negotiated work and learning arrangements? How would you conduct interviews or inquiries to find a meeting of minds between work preferences and personal well-being needs? How do you set up a supportive environment? How do you define learning expectations and mentoring and coaching that is instantaneous, free, and open-ended to make just-in-time and just-enough learning? How do you encourage and provide latitude to experiment, take charge, and take calculated risks?

Exercise: Managing Negotiated Work and Learning Arrangements. Includes stories, case study, worksheets, videos and trainer's guide.
Required: 2 Hours Self-Learning and Cohorts; 1 Hour Interactive Webinar

L&D specialists and leaders have abundant opportunities to add value to their organizations. In new work for Nomad Learners, we need to carve our own paths by aggressively incorporating metrics for results while helping learners learn and solve problems at work - not after training. Enable Nomad Learners and Workers to shift their energies and limited  resources to what matters to the organizations to become game-changers and disruptors. In this session, you will learn how to develop worker personal expertise paths. You will also learn how to develop metrics for capturing impacts in using just-in-time and just-enough learning for Nomad Workers and Learners. 

Topics: How do you discover business needs that are abundant opportunities for learning contributions? How do you synch your initiatives simultaneously with the needs of Nomad Learners and Workers thinking as a disruptor designer, developer, and technologist? How do you find new paths using the 7-step implementation process? What is the difference between historical ROI reports and as-it-happens reports? How do you use metrics and data that are embedded in the learning and jump to measurable outcomes at work?; How do you build your own success case studies?

Exercise: “Developing Impacts Reports for Just-in-Time'' and “Just-Enough Learning.” Includes stories, case study, worksheets, videos and trainer's guide. 
Required: 2 Hours Self-Learning and Cohorts; 1 Hour Interactive Webinar

For each session, you will receive ready-to-use materials which include an exercise, videos, and references you can use immediately. All webinars will be recorded. You have up to six months after the workshop to access all the materials, references, videos, and recordings. 

In the sessions, you will do exercises and your mentors will provide you with guidance and review your completed exercises after each live session. 

Mentors and Co-Presenters

Crystal L. Fernandes-Harris   Susie Tiggs, Ed.S
Nicole Dalton   Jonathan Workman
Aimee Lantzy   Melissa Erceg Dougherty
Mike McRay   Jessica Orleans

About Ray Jimenez, PhD

Ray Jimenez PhD, a pioneering figure in the field of Learning and Development, left behind an enduring legacy that continues to inspire the industry. His contributions to the world of training are immeasurable, and his innovative spirit lives on through his work and the countless lives he’s touched.

As the Chief Learning Architect and Founder of Vignettes Learning and Training Magazine Network, Ray was also the creative force behind Situation Expert, an A.I. ChatGPT Workflow Learning Platform. His dedication to innovation was recognized with the prestigious Innovation Technology Award from Training Magazine.

Ray began his career as a management consultant at Coopers and Lybrand, specializing in learning technology innovations, information management systems, and management development. Throughout his career, he led teams in implementing A.I., assisted performance metrics, talent management strategies, and effective learning designs.

Ray’s passion was focused on helping organizations, learning leaders, and learners embrace context-driven and workflow-based learning systems. His groundbreaking work in micro-content learning design and delivery resulted in innovative methodologies and software applications. The core of his expertise was on Workflow Learning Systems, Microlearning Expertise Systems, Story-Based Learning Designs (SBLD), and Contextual Learning Platforms (CLP). 

He invented the kernel learning design called "SRIA" (Set up, Relate, Interpret, and Apply). The SRIA applies to all modalities including Microlearning and mobile learning.

Ray's influence extended beyond his innovative work. He championed the Microlearning Implementation Process and authored influential books, including "Workflow Learning," "3-Minute e-Learning," "Scenario-Based e-Learning," "Story-Based eLearning Design," and "Do-It-Yourself eLearning." Soon, his last book on “Transforming Learning Design Using A.I. ChatGPT” will also be available.

He was a sought-after speaker and thought leader, gracing conferences for organizations such as ATD, Training Magazine, eLearning Guild, ISPI, DevCon mLearning, and so on.

As the principal architect of the Training Magazine Network, which has over 185,000 L&D professional members, Ray played a pivotal role in shaping the Learning and Development community. His recent venture, Situation Expert, an A.I. ChatGPT learning system for continuous self-improvement and expertise development, exemplified his commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation.

Ray generously shared his knowledge and expertise as an advisor and presenter of eLearning programs for prestigious institutions. He earned his Ph.D. from St. Peter's College and pursued Studies in Interactive Media at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Ray's impact extended to a diverse array of clients, including renowned organizations like FedEx, KPMG, Boeing, Lyondellbasell, Pearson, Cisco, Pixar, Dendreon, Netafim, Oracle, and NASA. Colleagues and workshop participants described him as "fun," "engaging," "technically savvy," and "inspiring." Ray's award-winning software solutions have been celebrated for their innovation.

Over 45,000 individuals have attended Ray's webinars, keynote presentations, and workshops, experiencing firsthand the transformative power of his insights and ideas. 

Ray Jimenez's dedication to advancing the field of Learning and Development remains an enduring source of inspiration. His contributions will be remembered and celebrated for generations to come.

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