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What’s on Trend in Management Training? Four Key Takeaways from the Learning Solutions conference

Amy Gillett is Vice President of the William Davidson Institute, University of Michigan, Responsible for Education Initiative. For more details see “Author” at the end of the article.

I recently joined 1600 education specialists from around the globe for the 2016 Learning Solutions Conference in Orlando, Florida. Here are some of my main takeaways from the conference and how we will apply them to our work in WDI’s Education Initiative.

(1)  We’re in an age of bite-sized learning

The trend is to structure learning in shorter chunks, hence the moniker “bite-sized learning.” These chunks are typically in the range of 2-12 minutes. The total length of the course or training remains the same; it is simply being delivered in more units over a longer period of time.

Several forces are driving this: a) the popularity of short YouTube videos which serve as a model for how educators can grab attention; b) the perception that attention spans are shrinking (see point 2 below); c) the flexibility of short chunks allow users to squeeze in some learning during short spans of free time during the day; d) a growing appreciation of the fact that learners can only absorb so much information at a time (to continue the food analogy, “bite-sized” pieces are easier to digest); e) the recognition that shorter chunks make review of content more efficient, as learners can review exactly the concepts they want. Nick Floro, President of Sealworks Interactive Studios, advised conference participants to tag all bite-sized chunks with search-engine friendly titles so that learners can quickly find what they need.

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Learning in Exponential Times?

Peter DiamandisDr. Peter H. Diamandis is a Greek American engineer, physician, and entrepreneur best known for being the founder and chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, the co-founder and chairman of Singularity University and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think

How to learn is changing, and it’s changing fast.

In the past, we used to learn by doing – we called them apprenticeships.

Then the model shifted, and we learned by going to school.

Now, it’s going back to the apprenticeship again, but this time, you are both the apprentice and the master.

This blog is about how to learn during exponential times, when information is abundant and expertise is fleeting.

Passion, Utility, Research & Focus

First, choosing what you want to learn and becoming great at it is tough.

As I wrote in my last blog, doing anything hard and doing it well takes grit.

Here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years to help choose what you want to learn:

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SHORT-TERM GOALS / LONG-TERM DREAMS (Be Prepared to Reach Goals Other Than Those You Set)


It is a pleasure and an honor to be here with you. It gives me a strange mixture of pride and humility. Pride in the accomplishments of the men and women who have earned for this institution the worldwide prestige it enjoys, and humility to have been permitted to be included amongst its alumni.

So, it is a special treat to speak with you today, although I admit to some mixed emotions. I enjoy talking “about engineering, about business, about  philosophical concepts, and about social-issues.  I also like to talk about ideas. And I have done that on many occasions.  However, I have had less experience talking about myself which is what I will talk about as has been suggested.

I will, however, be candid with you. And I will share with you some thoughts that may have value for you, as they have for me. Continue reading SHORT-TERM GOALS / LONG-TERM DREAMS (Be Prepared to Reach Goals Other Than Those You Set)