Ideas for employee learning and development

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

What College Taught Us About Microlearning

Posted by Dan Cox on Jan 3, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Some of us come away from college wondering, “What did I really learn?”

Later in life, we came to understand that there we many lessons learned in college that we benefits us in many ways (and, I do not mean staying away from keggers.)

Unbeknownst to us college academians, we came to understand the value of micro-learning. It wasn’t called that when I went to college (yes, kids, they had college, pen and paper, even automobiles when I went to college). My son, who just graduated from law school practiced the same successful micro-learning activities that I did. What did he do. . . .?

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Topics: microlearning, bite-sized learning, micro learning, college, University

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

7 AM Start Time

Posted by Dan Cox on Dec 10, 2017 2:18:49 PM

“It’s your last couple days, Dan.”

“Yeah, it feels surreal, Bob. My first job . . . coming to an end. But, it’s for the best. Moving on to another opportunity that is better for my career.”

“Well, good luck with that Dan. Stay in touch and let me know if I can be of any assistance.”

Common dialogue that occurs every day in the workplace. The very dialogue that happened to me several decades before. Bob, the senior sales person in the firm I joined right out of college, was the star performer. He had been with the firm 6 years longer than me. Bob had done so well that the firm had recently made him a partner.

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Topics: employee development, microlearning, focus, bite-sized learning, micro learning, self-development, reflection

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

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, focus, disruption, attention spans, management

6 Steps to Improve eLearning Success

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

6 STEPS TO GREATER ELEARNING IMPACT

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: microlearning, eLearning, 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: employee development, e-learning, brain, training, retention

Discussing Business, Focus and Noise with author Bill Jensen

Posted by Jon Peters on Sep 21, 2017 4:59:52 PM

Had a great day in the AthenaOnline studios today with author and consultant Bill Jensen. Bill wrote the best selling book Simplicity, as well as the books Future Strong and Work 2.0

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Bill spent the morning filming 12 new microlearning lessons for Athena's MyQuickCoach system on topics like disrupting and reinventing yourself, 5 ways to simplify anything, how not to suck at listening and 9 skills for a post-normal world.

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Topics: microlearning, world of work, simplicity

Making Microlearning Engaging

Posted by Jon Peters on Sep 17, 2017 11:10:35 AM

Even when learning is bite-sized, it has to engage the learner to become ‘sticky.’ So what should you be thinking about as you create your own microlearning?

First, consider your audience. Who are they? Where are they? What is the best way to reach them?

Think about your message. What is it you are trying to convey? Does it need to be tracked? Keep your message simple and focused. Microlearning will usually impact short-term memory which research has said can contain 5 to 9 things, though more recent research is pointing at more like 4. Repetition of the message can move it from short-term to long-term memory. So, microlearning is not just about being short, it’s also about being focused.

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Topics: microlearning, e-learning, video, learning design, courseware