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Micro learning - how it really works and who's using it

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At the Learning Technologies Summer Forum Clive Shepherd and Barry Sampson explore the effectiveness of organising self-directed learning into small chunks: what works and can it be delivered cost-effectively?

Clive Shepherd (pictured above), along with Barry Sampson, will discuss micro learning at the Learning Technologies Summer Forum in London on 13 June
Clive Shepherd (pictured above), along with Barry Sampson, will discuss micro learning at the Learning Technologies Summer Forum in London on 13 June  

“It’s been a major talking point in learning and development for the past few years, but what exactly is micro learning and how can we benefit from it? In this session Clive Shepherd and Barry Sampson explore different ways that micro learning can be used, and go beyond the tactical to examine how it can be part of a broader learning strategy,” explains Learning Technologies Summer Forum conference chair, Donald Taylor.

Micro-learning is a way of organising self-directed learning and performance support into small chunks. In a learning context, it can be used to support more major learning activities or as a form of regular, spaced practice. For informational uses it gets the user to the information they need fast. But how do you reap the benefits of micro-learning without major investment in new platforms or software development? Clive Shepherd and Barry Sampson show how.

Barry Sampson’s and Clive Shepherd’s Learning Technologies Summer Forum session, Micro learning - how it really works, and who's using it successfully, covers:

  • Distinguish micro-learning myths from the reality
  • Discover four key applications for micro-learning
  • Learn to integrate micro-learning ideas into broader learning strategies
  • Discover what an effective micro-learning module looks like
  • Learn about the tools that enable you to make micro-learning a reality

Barry Sampson is focussed on helping people build their capability to design, develop and deliver effective and efficient blended learning solutions. Although he is always on the lookout for new developments in technology and how it might be used it’s always with an eye on how it can enable or enhance learning and how that in turn can improve performance. Previously he was Learning Technology Manager at a large UK corporate, where he worked on a number of award-winning elearning and blended learning programmes, and championed the use of emerging tools.

Clive Shepherd is a learning and development consultant, with a long-standing fascination for the applications of media and technology to learning at work. In a career spanning more than 35 years, Clive has headed up a corporate training function, co-founded a leading multimedia development business and operated as an independent consultant. In recent years, Clive has devoted his attention to design of next generation workplace learning solutions. He is a regular speaker at international conferences, has been recognised with two lifetime achievement awards, has written five books and more than 200 articles, and nearly 1000 posts to his blog and provides his consulting services through The More Than Blended Learning Company.

Learning Technologies 2017 Summer Forum is at London Olympia on 13 June 2017. The full conference programme is available from the Learning Technologies Summer Forum website, along with how to attend, conference booking information and details about the co-located Learning Technologies Summer Forum exhibition.