Microlearning – are you doing it “right”?

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018

Time: 2:00 PM EDT

Duration: 60-minutes

On average, people only have 1 percent of their workweek to focus on learning, and employees are now interrupted as frequently as every five minutes[1]. In addition to distractions, workers are simply too busy and impatient to sit down and complete hours-long training. Most learners will not watch videos more than four minutes long, and 55 percent of people spend fewer than 15 seconds on a website[2].

As employee learning and development time continues to be a premium in organizations, Microlearning could be seen as the solution to end all issues - yet this strategy continues to be misunderstood. It has the potential to expedite learning and improve effectiveness – so why isn’t everyone doing it?

In this session, Summer Salomonsen, Chief Learning Officer at Grovo and Tom Tonkin, Ph.D., Principal Consultant, Thought-Leadership and Advisory Services at Cornerstone OnDemand, will conversationally discuss: 

  • The current state of Microlearning
  • What Microlearning is, and is not
  • Areas of success and pitfalls when it comes to Microlearning
  • Creating a Microlearning strategy in your company in 3 easy steps
  • Use cases and examples of Microlearning as experienced in real workplace scenarios

Join us for this lively discussion that will be insightful, casual, and is bound to have a fair amount of friendly banter and disagreement! You’ll walk away with a good understanding of Microlearning and how you can utilize it for your own benefit.

[1] Bersin by Deloitte: http://2syt8l41furv2dqan6123ah0.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/unnamed.png

[2] https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/chartbeat-website-engagement-data-nj

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   Summer Salomonsen
Chief Learning Officer


As Chief Learning Officer at Grovo, Summer Salomonsen spearheads the company’s Microlearning content and professional services capabilities, leading Grovo’s content strategy, learning experience, and design teams to continuously grow its adaptable and customizable Microlearning library. 

Previously, as Principal Consultant at Intrepid Learning, Inc., Summer won Gold in Brandon Hall’s 2017 Emerging Star Awards for her work crafting dozens of high-impact, modern learning experiences rooted in cognitive science for leading global brands. Prior to her work at Intrepid, Summer spent seven years managing and implementing corporate learning strategy in the healthcare space with an emphasis on the development of management and clinical leadership initiatives, onboarding programs, and numerous digital deployments. Summer began her professional career in public education, teaching at the junior high, high school, and collegiate level.

Summer is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Change & Leadership from the University of Southern California, researching the critical need for innovative learning design models that move away from traditional, waterfall approaches to more agile, iterative creation. She is also currently a member of the ATD International Conference & Expo Program Advisory Committee, responsible for reviewing and approving the conference submissions within the Learning Technologies track. On the personal front, Summer is a lifelong learner, and enjoys studying language and practicing music from her home in Colorado.


   Tom Tonkin
Principal, Thought Leadership and Advisory Services

   Cornerstone OnDemand

Dr. Tonkin is an executive in Professional Services and Software Sales arena and has over 25 years of business and technology experience. He is currently serving as Principal Consultant, Change Management, Thought Leadership and Advisory Services.  Prior to joining CSOD,  Dr. Tonkin was the CEO and Co-Founder of the Sales Conservatory where he specialized in helping sales leaders that have revenue generation responsibility between $5M and $1B and are looking for a trusted advisor to guide them to materially increase revenue over the next 24 months.

He spent a major part of his career at Oracle Corporation, 19 years.  He was the Senior Director of the Sales Performance Group in Oracle’s Global Sales Academy. Dr. Tonkin has also served in various leadership roles at Oracle in both Sales and Consulting, across midsize and enterprise customers, in North America and global capacities. His industry background includes Insurance, Criminal Justice and Telecommunications with a focus on software and systems integration.  Dr. Tonkin holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA) as well as a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, with honors, with a focus on Leadership and Management from Regis University (Denver, CO). Dr. Tonkin holds multiple business certifications, and is a leadership expert.  Dr. Tonkin is also an award winning researcher and author, speaking at leadership and business conferences where he also presents throughout the year at conferences such as the International Leadership Association and the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines.

In addition, Dr. Tonkin is also an Adjunct Professor at the Forbes School of Business at Ashford University where he teaches Leadership in Organizations, Organizational Behavior and various other leadership and management courses. He lives in Castle Rock, Colorado, a little town half way between Denver and Colorado Springs.  He is married to Jeannie and has three children, Erin, Ryan and Alex.  On the weekend you can see him playing on the worship team at church.  He loves to run, cycle and spend time with family.