TikTok as Corporate Training Support Platform

June 9, 2021
4 minutes
TikTok as Corporate Training Support Platform with Mike Tholfsen

Just when I thought TikTok was ONLY for teenagers and the shuffle dance, I see one of our own corporate L&D colleagues, Mike Tholfsen, CRUSHING IT on TikTok with microlearning tutorials. Who knew?

So, of course, we had to invite him on the show to talk about how he does it.  And why!

If you're anything like me, you've probably downloaded TikTok, tried it, then deleted it, and just watched your kids "play" with it.  Maybe you've joined them in a dance or 2... ya know, because they asked.

But how in the heck could we ever incorporate this crazy little app into our professional, corporate, world of Learning and Development? The pandemic helped answer that question with medical professionals launching accounts and using the platform to explain COVID-19 and all the issues caused by the lockdowns.

It's not all just fun and games.  But IDIODC is a little about fun and learning, so check out our super fun conversation with Mike Tholfsen.

If you’re brave enough to try something new, then create a TikTok account and be sure to follow Mike (@mtholfsen).

And to see what we’re talking about in the session, check out this "microtip" for Excel.

To see all the comments from the chat, check out the full session right here.  

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About Mike Tholfsen

Mike Tholfsen is a Principal Group Product Manager on the Microsoft Education team focusing on the Immersive Reader, Reading Progress, and OneNote Class Notebooks.  He is passionate about inclusive education and has been regularly working with students and teachers around the world over the past ten years to create products that improve student outcomes.


Instructional Designers in Offices Drinking Coffee (affectionately known as IDIODC) is a weekly live videocast and podcast that helps instructional designers with pain points and provides best practices and industry insight.  

Every Wednesday morning at 10am ET hosts Brent Schlenker and Chris Van Wingerden guide us through an upbeat and candid conversation with their guests from the elearning and training world. The live cast session encourages peers to participate in the chat and share their own personal insight! After airing live, you can catch the learning podcast on all major streams such as Spotify, Apple and Google Play podcasts, as well as on YouTube.

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