On this Halloween eve I am thinking about (and of course eating) candy. Like many people I tend to take a treat from the various bowls around the office, a Hersey’s Kiss® from here, a MaryJane® from there. (By the way, check out this great interactive Hershey’s site where you can build a custom Kiss and email it to a pal.) For some reason, stopping to enjoy some bite-size bits throughout the day seems perfectly acceptable. Of course I wouldn’t dream of eating an entire regular size candy bar. That would be fattening! So much for logic.
In some ways we’ve seen a similar trend in learning. Many learners are put off by the idea of a “regular size” course. Two-three hours seems like an awfully long time in the middle of a busy work day. But a smaller serving of learning that’s right at your fingertips is fine. In the past several years SkillSoft has introduced a number of learning assets that are shorter in duration than traditional courses, and the response from customers has been a resounding “More please!” So, you’ll see SkillSoft continue to produce a stream of learning products that fit into our learners’ hectic schedules, everything from one-hour courses to the diminutive Learning Sparks. And of course we’ll continue to expand our on-demand resources such as Books24x7 collections and Leadership Development Channel—great for quick answers and inspiration.
Don’t get me wrong, our customers
still want and need in-depth learning resources to support compliance,
certification and other mission-critical needs. Just like every once in a
while I give in to the urge for the full size Baby Ruth® (and be sure to take a
moment and give in to the urge to check out this hysterical Baby Ruth
By: Julie Ogilvie