FS09 - The Science of Nanolearning: Why Text-Based Courses are the Future of Learning

Wednesday, May 05, 2021
Tools and Development

As hybrid work and Gen Z transform the workplace of the future, engagement and adoption of learning will continue to be a challenge for many employees—especially those with limited internet, laptop, or LMS access.

However, nanolearning mediums may be the solution. By meeting employees where they are—in the flow of work, on their phones, and in their messaging apps—nanolearning can help meaningfully increase the engagement and accessibility of learning and training.

Drawing on cutting-edge research from Stanford and UPenn, this talk will explore the ways that nanolearning mediums like texts and messaging apps will play a pivotal role in shaping the next decade of learning and training.

In this session, attendees will learn how to leverage existing platforms and technologies—like text, Slack, and Teams—as powerful learning and training modalities, as well as how nanolearning can help combat declining engagement and adoption rates.

We’ll start by exploring the research behind nanolearning and diving into how spaced learning and bite-size content intersect to create powerful learner outcomes. Then, we’ll chat about the data that nanolearning helps us capture, and how that data can be tied to proving meaningful business outcomes, behavior change, and knowledge retention.

We’ll also dive into what use cases are well-suited for nanolearning and which ones aren’t, along with best practices for designing your own nanolearning course. Finally, we’ll explore the do's and don’t's of experimenting with text, Slack, and Teams within your own organization, as well as best practices for deploying nanolearning to employees.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to use Microsoft Teams and Slack as a training tool
  • What nanolearning is and why it’s the future of learning and training
  • How to rapidly experiment with nanolearning
  • How to leverage texting to drive learning adoption and engagement
  • What text-based courses are good for and not good for
  • The best use cases for text-based learning experiences
  • Common pitfalls with deploying nanolearning (and how to avoid them)

Technologies discussed:

Texting, WhatsApp, Microsoft Teams, Slack, Arist

Michael Ioffe, Co-founder and CEO - ARIST

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