My attention span is shot
I am sitting in my backyard trying to focus on this blog while I am thinking about my project list at work, how to get all my workouts in, manage my house remodel, etc etc. You see, I participate in sprint triathlons, half marathons and I work plus I try to have a personal life. How can I balance all of this and not lose my mind or my patience or just fall flat on my face from exhaustion? I know I am not the only person who thinks about this daily….how do we get it all done? With all this going on, I can now relate to why BMC Education Services is redesigning how we consume training. We all have some lack of attention with our busy world.
Of course, on top of trying to conquer my little world, I decided to take an online class – what was I thinking? Well, I was thinking about my career and how I can improve a skill. Then after I registered for the class, I began to panic – the class is online, twice a week – how will I fit that in to the rest of my schedule?
I have limited patience for long videos (I am not sure how I sat through lectures in college). With the increasing use of tablets, smartphones, social media, I like to get information in little bits and I like it fast. I have a hard time with mandatory compliance web-based trainings that are 20 minutes long; I have a hard time working out more than 30 minutes. If I cannot sit through a 20 minute web-based training, how would I learn anything new if training took longer than 20 minutes? Can you sit through a 20 minute class? A 2 hour class or meeting? A 5 day class or meeting?
With the growing popularity of YouTube, I can learn how to do tasks in a short amount of time (usually less than 5 minutes). I use it for fixing things around my house, strength training and even cooking – did you know how to get brussel sprouts off the stalk? YouTube has a video! What have you used YouTube for besides watching funny videos?
What is BMC Education Services seeing?
BMC Education Services is seeing the trend of short attention spans too. According tohttp://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/infographic-shrinking-attention-span-n110801NBC News and the new book “BRIEF: Making a Bigger Impact by Saying Less”, our attention spans have declined from 12 seconds to 8 seconds from 2000 to 2013.
Individuals like to learn the specific task they need immediately to help them do their job now. Have you heard of Sal Khan from Khan Academy? He began the movement of short videos to help teach math, science, economic, humanities, etc.
New delivery method for short attention spans
BMC has taken that idea and formed our new education delivery method called BMC BOLT.
BMC BOLT is a blended learning style that combines four learning elements:
- Lectures that are recorded into small consumable chunks lasting 10 – 20 minutes
- Recorded demos related to lab exercises that can be watched to gain a practical view during the lectures
- A full lab environment available for a five-day period during the offering time
- Instructor office hours during which an instructor is available to show demos or answer questions
Each training module can be taken in 10 – 20 minute sections so individuals can focus on a specific task needed at that particular time hence the name BOLT – like a bolt of lightning. Granted, BMC BOLT is not as fast as lightning but you get my point. Fast is relative and less than 20 minutes is fast to learn a new task.
First class offering for BMC BOLT
Our first class offering this model is BMC Server Automation 8.2: Foundation – Part 2. With BMC BOLT, you do not need to take the lessons in a specific order, you can skip around from lesson to lesson so you can learn the task you need at the time you need it.
With BMC BOLT, I hope that you (and I) can balance work and life. BMC BOLT gives you the tools to learn a task quickly and on demand.
Conquering my world
Now, let’s get back to my dilemma, how did I fit it all in? First, let’s go back to the class I took. It was hard….there was no video, no professor delivering a lecture – it was a web page with words on it – there were not even images or photos - BORING. I ended up not taking it too seriously (don’t tell my manager) but as I said before – I like short, tidbits of information and I like it fast. The class did not fit my learning style. For my workouts, I scheduled those in the morning and then I fit everything else in throughout the day and evening including work. Things are getting done.
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