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Time: New York Wed, Dec 17th, 2 PM ET, Paris 8 PM CET, Sydney Thu, Dec 18th 6 AM AEDT

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Guest: @tomspiglanin

Short videos have been embedded within training products for years …

The idea of short video for learning is certainly not new. Short videos have been embedded within training products for years, and long before that the idea of self-chosen short content to customize an individual’s curriculum was around but remained a mostly unrealized goal. What’s changing, of course, is the notion that any training organization can continue to train adult workers in the same manner that they have for years. Virtually all adults in the workplace are aware that knowledge is available on demand whenever and wherever a person is, and training organizations need to respond. It’s not so much that they need to compete, but rather cooperate within the space. It’s important to provide content in a similar fashion, always available, on demand, when it’s needed.
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Script written by Tom for http://tom.johnandrewrankin.com/2014/11/work-out-loud-get-more-buy-in-microvideo/, click for full pdf

Short form video for learning, often called microlearning video, can fit that need. Consider that almost anyone can produce it, virtually all smart phones and tablets have apps for movie-making, and cameras for acquiring photos and video. Digital video editing software is increasingly powerful, and in many cases, free. In virtually all small videos can play well from desktops too smart phones, and all formats in between.

But just because a video is short doesn’t mean it will be engaging, needed, useful, or even of interest. There are characteristics of the format that must be minded when planning and developing short videos.

And while video clearly fits a niche in training and in personal learning, how it can, should, or will play a role in an individual’s personal knowledge management strategy is less clear. While there are many people who video blog (or vlog), the percentage of those who do is small, and the fraction of those who vlog in the enterprise workspace is even smaller.

So join us to discuss this topic . . .

PKMChat being about Personal Knowledge Management encompass Knowledge lifecycle in general. Our first chat was about learning, acquiring Knowledge. Our second is about sharing it. Week after weeks we will switch from one end of the lifecycle to another while exploring all the channels that could be used: social, formal, writing, videos. Feel free to suggest topics by tweeting to @pkmchat.



  • Q1: What videos have you seen that were particularly good/effective? What made them good? Share links if possible.
  • Q2: What are the benefits of micro videos for transferring knowledge?
  • Q3: What are the characteristics of a good/effective short video?
  • Q4: What are the “Don’t” of short videos? What makes you hit the close button?
  • Q5: What topics are best suited to video? What does not work well, and why?
  • Q6: What are the necessary steps for realizing micro videos? Can it be done with limited resources?
  • Q7: Share your plans to realize short videos for 2015
  • NB: Questions are subject to change without notice.


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