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 micro-learning.
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
Micro-learning 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 micro-learning in layers of learning and performance systems
The Micro-Learning 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 micro-learning disrupts results
- Align roles of L&D, trainers, SMEs, elearning designers and developers in implementing micro-learning
- Define micro-learning
- Compare micro-learning with formal and informal learning
- Establish the effectiveness of micro-learning
- Understand the environments of on-the-move, on-the-job and mobile learners
- Identify challenges and opportunities for micro-learning demands
- Implement a dynamic needs analysis approach for up-to-the-minute micro-learning 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 micro-learning
- 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 micro-learning initiatives
- Link micro-learning with competency and expertise development
- Integrate micro-learning with learning environments and blended approaches
- Apply micro-learning in compliance, technical, operations, manufacturing, software, people skills, on-boarding and awareness training
- Integrate micro-learning content in social learning, communities of practice, technical support and performance support
- Implement a Subject Matter Expert (SME) micro-learning content preparation process
- Convert existing large content and new content into micro-learning 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 micro-learning content in work efficiencies, cost reduction and improved performance
- Calculate savings from micro-learning
- Prepare presentations on micro-learning projects
- Present justification on investment returns for using micro-lessons
- Exhibit a business case to show financial impacts and yield of micro-learning design
- View and study examples and demos
The Micro-Learning 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 micro-learning. At the end of the workshop, participants would have experienced micro-learning implementation, not just its theory.
Key Elements of the Workshop Method
- The workshop sessions are spread out over a period of four weeks.
- Participants will access a secure website for all workshop activities.
- Each week participants will study micro-learning 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 micro-learning subject contains micro-lessons, activities, mini-projects, references and tips.
- Participants can do self-driven study on a daily basis to review the micro-learning 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 one hour and a half webinar is scheduled each week focused on answering questions and providing guidance and feedback. Webinars will use Blackboard or Adobe Connect.
- 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 micro-learning 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 micro-learning 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.
May 2017 Workshop
Prep Session Date: May 2, 2017 - 8:30 am Pacific/11:30 am - Eastern
Weekly Webinar Session Dates:
Week 1 - May 9, 2017
Week 2 - May 12, 2017
Week 3 - May 16, 2017
Week 4 - May 19, 2017
Fallback Date: May 22, 2017
(In case a session is moved due to technical issues.)
8:30 am - 10:00 am - Pacific
10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Central
11:30 am - 1:00 pm - Eastern
One participant - $950.00
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™ Micro-Learning 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 micro-learning experiences.
ZAP™ Micro-Learning 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 micro-learning. The book will be released in October 2016.
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 Micro-Learning for Disruptive Results (soon to be released), Micro-Learning 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.”
Johnny is an experienced learning content developer/producer/manager, instructional designer, author, and credentialed teacher with extensive experience in online professional development and project management. He is a recognized expert in course authoring platforms such as Storyline and has developed 30+ eLearning courses, 6 university accredited courses, and 300+ learning videos.
Johnny has presented on topics including interactive infographics, design guidelines, and multimedia production workflows at conferences including International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), DevLearn, Learning Solutions, and the Story Summit at DevCamp. In addition, he was a featured contributor to Amplify’s learning community, has written a soon to be published article about Social Learning, and has recently been internationally recognized by Elearning! Magazine as a 2016 High Performer Learning Champion.
Johnny has worked in the healthcare, education, and business sectors with companies including Providence Health & Services, Amplify, Los Angeles Unified School District, District of Columbia Public Schools, Volvo Construction Equipment, Symphony Finance, to name a few.
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.
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 micro-learning 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.