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Microlearning and its more sophisticated cousin, subscription learning, are beginning to gain acceptance by regulators and those who credential.

Until recently, many regulators and credentialors would only accept traditional classroom and elearning courses as acceptable proof of competence or learning. No more.

As reported yesterday on the AccountingToday website, the "National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and the American Institute of CPAs are proposing to revise the standards for continuing professional education for accountants." More specifically, they are proposing that microlearning (or what they're calling nano-learning) be deemed an acceptable learning experience.

The Ohio Society of CPA's (OSCPA) got the ball rolling on this, quickly followed by Maryland's CPA group. OSCPA president and CEO Scott D. Wiley, quoted by AccountingToday back in March said, “The nature of professional education is changing…Studies show micro learning can provide the quick, focused education that CPAs need to stay current in the market place.”

If the stereotypically-stodgy accounting profession is credentialing microlearning courses, other organizations are likely to soon follow.

Evidence for the popularity of microlearning just keeps adding up…

 

Kerri Simmons, Director of Solution Architecture at SweetRush (a learning and performance vendor), wrote a nice set of 10 recommendations about using learning in small chunks…

Check it out by clicking here.

The one thing I noted from her description is that she seems to be referring to more of a pull strategy than a push strategy, which tends to be less effective unless learners are highly motivated or required to complete the learning nuggets.

I'll reach out to her to see if she'd like to provide additional reflections…