The term microlearning is becoming increasingly popular especially in corporate environments. Put simply, it’s the process of learning in smaller steps.
The way in which people work, learn and interact on a daily basis is constantly evolving. Tracking, understanding and ultimately implementing these changes within your business, we believe, is crucial to success. Microlearning deals with relatively small learning units and can be considered as the planned organisation of small learning experiences designed to meet an overall learning goal, and it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular emerging e-learning trends.
Microlearning usually requires a short time commitment to learning interventions lasting between 1-10 minutes. These sessions can be accessed through a variety of forms including mobiles phones, computers, and tablets and can be found in a variety of formats including videos, podcasts, blogs, games and simulations, interactive PDFs, workbooks and slideshows.
We believe that microlearning is an approach that should be incorporated into all businesses and here’s why:
It is perfect for the Millennial generation
Although millennials love to learn, they often display a distinctive learning style, one that is not usually reflective of traditional workplace training. It has been stated that the average attention span of the Millennial generation is 90 seconds. Based on this statistic and the research shown that by 2025, millennials will become 75% of the global workforce, it is crucial that your business is prepared.
It is highly time-effective
It is reported that modern learners find long training modules that may take up to 60-minutes to complete, too hard to consume.
Therefore, shorter sessions that last between 1-10 minutes each time are much more manageable and can be blended into schedules with greater ease. Microlearning is consequently a solution that all busy workers will appreciate.
It makes learning easily accessible
As microlearning can be completed through a variety of different platforms, the learner can engage in training anywhere, anytime, on-the-go.
It helps make information easy to digest
Learners can manage their own workload and move at a pace that is conducive to their learning style. With smaller learning units, learners avoid the risk of being overwhelmed by a heavy influx of information and disengaging with the content.
It helps employees retain information longer
It has been found that 90 percent of new skills are lost within a year of training. The small chunks of information that are gained through microlearning are easier to understand and apply in the workplace, day-to-day.
It is more cost-effective than traditional learning
Smaller online training modules are not only quicker to develop than conventional e-learning solutions; they also typically cost less to produce, making them the perfect solution for companies that need to create effective e-learning quickly and on a budget.