Ideas for employee learning and development

Jon Peters

Jon Peters is a seasoned professional in media and corporate development. His career has focused on the leveraging of media and new technologies for the design and delivery of next-generation applications. His work at Athena has won the company numerous industry accolades and awards for technological innovation and design. During his time as CEO and producer at AthenaOnline Jon introduced some of the first multimedia and web-based products and services into the professional development market for large, transnational organizations. Athena's products and services have been featured in Wired, Fortune, and numerous other publications. Jon was elected Board Member of the Visual Effects Society where he played an active role in the Northern California Chapter. He has a background as an industrial designer, computer graphics designer, and professional model-maker. He has written for national publications on the convergence of personal computers in professional computer animation. Specialties: Core areas of expertise include technology, media, film-making, education, and leadership development.
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Your Best Talent is About to Leave

Posted by Jon Peters on Jul 6, 2018 10:02:09 AM

What are you doing to engage and retain them?

It was reported recently by The Wall Street Journal that 3.4 million people chose to leave their jobs in April due to strong economic growth and record-low unemployment. They have become emboldened by a 4% unemployment rate and believe they can fare better in other organizations. More than one in seven of the nation’s 6.1 million jobless Americans in May were voluntarily unemployed, having left a previous position to look for another. Job-hoppers also tend to get better pay; those who move to a new job got a roughly 30% annual pay boost.

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Topics: engagement, talent management, millennials, retention, employee development, unemployment, job growth, microlearning, bite-sized learning

Tips for Microlearning Deployment Success

Posted by Jon Peters on Apr 29, 2018 5:54:53 PM

AthenaOnline has been talking about the benefits of microlearning for almost 20 years. In the last few years, however, the idea of bite-sized learning has taken off like wildfire. Perhaps it is a due to rapid delivery and deployment. Maybe it is the lack of time available to training and development in organizations. According to research done by Bersin by Deloitte employees can only devote 4.8 minutes per day to development, so 5-minute lessons make a lot of sense.

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Topics: curation, content, millennials, bite-sized learning, micro learning, training, eLearning, microlearning, learning, employee development

Getting the Right Content to Employees

Posted by Jon Peters on Mar 11, 2018 11:59:06 AM

Have you ever gone to a restaurant that has a 10-page menu? There are so many great choices and it can be incredibly hard to choose. If you’re like me you likely ask the waiter what they recommend.  I have even made a bit of a game out of it, asking if they were stuck on a desert island and could only have one meal while stranded there which one would they bring?

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Topics: curation, content, micro learning, bite-sized learning, eLearning, learning design, microlearning, courseware

Julie Winkle Giulioni on Employee Development

Posted by Jon Peters on Feb 14, 2018 2:11:18 PM

We recently had Julie Winkle Giulioni in the studio to film 15 new microlearning videos with AthenaOnline on developing your employees and career management. Julie is the co-author, with Beverly Kaye, of the talent management Help Them Grow Or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want. At the end of the day's filming Julie was kind enough to sit down with us and talk about some of the things she sees on the horizon and how organizations can create ways for employees to take advantage of self-development opportunities. You can view the video below. 

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Topics: bite-sized learning, micro learning, eLearning, retention, microlearning, human resources, employee development, talent management

Making Microlearning More Social

Posted by Jon Peters on Jan 7, 2018 1:15:21 PM

AthenaOnline is happy to announce that just added threaded discussions to our content licensing program to create even stronger social learning ties.

Research Shows...

Research has shown that asking users to share their experiences increases engagement and learning, helping trigger collaboration among employees. Based on a Brandon Hall Group study 73% of companies expressed their desire to increase their focus on social learning. According to the Association for Talent Development (ATD) social learning approaches have a 75:1 ROI ratio over traditional web-based training. A social approach is specifically appealing to millennials who are likely to relate more to social learning than previous generations.

Athena already offered sharing, recommendations and commenting through our full MyQuickCoach platform and we were finding that people wanted a way to incorporate some of those features into content that is licensed from our microlearning leadership library.

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Topics: microlearning, social, HRtech, micro learning, learning design

This Holiday - Think Small

Posted by Jon Peters on Dec 22, 2017 6:33:39 AM

As we enter the end of year holiday season I am reminded of the phrase “good things come in small packages.” The saying means, of course, that you should not judge the worth of a gift by the size of the box it comes in. It did not escape me how relevant that phrase is when applied to learning.

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Topics: microlearning, bite-sized learning, HRtech, attention spans, millennials, eLearning, goldsmith, micro learning

4 Ways Organizations are Leveraging Microlearning

Posted by Jon Peters on Oct 22, 2017 4:34:25 PM

Since its inception micro learning has improved eLearning success rates in many organizations.  As the originator of enterprise micro learning, AthenaOnline has been watching some of the micro learning trends over the last 18 years. So, what are some of the ways that new type of bite-sized learning is being used to enhance existing strategies?

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Topics: micro learning, bite-sized learning, millennials, e-learning, learning, microlearning, courseware, learning design, employee development, eLearning

Authentic Conversations: Bill Jensen on Simplicity

Posted by Jon Peters on Oct 15, 2017 6:45:11 PM

Athena is proud to announce a new series called Authentic Conversations where we ask experts who come to Athena's production studios in Emeryville, CA to sit down and talk with us about what is on their minds. What kinds of issues are they seeing on the horizon - either exciting opportunities are pitfalls to keep an eye out for. While not part of our regular #microlearning leadership library we think these insights will be valuable to those who are managing others.

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Topics: simplicity, management, focus, disruption, attention spans

6 Steps to Improve eLearning Success

Posted by Jon Peters on Oct 8, 2017 6:02:02 PM


AthenaOnline has been developing eLearning solutions since 1994. Over that time we have seen many success stories and a number of failed attempts at launching eLearning and microlearning initiatives. How is it that often very similar organizations can have such vastly different results? It almost always comes down to planning.

We put together 6 steps to help assure that your eLearning/microlearning launch is a successful one. Some of these steps may seem obvious, but you would be surprised at how often learning initiatives are missing one or more of these elements.

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Topics: eLearning, microlearning, planning

The Importance of Frequency in Learning.

Posted by Jon Peters on Sep 24, 2017 5:26:23 PM

In 1965 David Ausubel of the University of Illinois wrote an article in The Journal of General Psychology entitled "The Role of Frequency in Learning and Retention: A Cognitive Structure Interpretation." It’s a big title and a big concept. David Allen, the best-selling author of Getting Things Done said it a bit simpler when Athena was working with him on some of the original microlearning in 2002. David stated that “small things, done consistently in strategic places create major impact.”

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Topics: brain, e-learning, training, retention, employee development