There are many different types of workplace training. However, the term microlearning is increasingly popular within corporate environments.
Microlearning is an approach to skill based learning which delivers training in small bite-sized chunks. It allows trainers to deliver brief learning experiences designed to meet an extended learning goal over a timeframe built around the learner.
What is microlearning?
Microlearning deals with relatively small learning units and short-term learning activities. Generally, the term refers to micro-perspectives in the context of learning, education and training. The term is frequently used in the domain of e-learning as a more contemporary approach.
Traditionally, e-learning modules were designed to be around 20-30 minutes in duration, whereas with microlearning the duration is closer to 3-4 minutes.
Why is it useful?
Microlearning is useful in quickly closing skill and knowledge gaps without overwhelming the learner, which can be a pitfall of some traditional training methods. “According to Microsoft, attention spans have fallen by an average of 33% to 8 seconds since 2000” so it is the ideal solution for today’s modern learners.
Designed to deliver more immediate results; microlearning perfectly compliments the fast-paced culture of modern businesses. Learners are able to absorb information more effectively, then utilise this learning immediately for tasks in hand allowing for progress and achievements to be made quickly.
Microlearning for Millenials and Gen Y
Microlearning is particularly useful for millennials and Gen Y learners, typically an audience that finds it difficult to digest lots of information in one go.
It can be delivered in a multitude of formats to suit individuals. E-Learning modules can be completed at any time and in any location on mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, to suit a learner's schedule. Classroom-based sessions can also be incorporated and enhanced through the utilisation of technology.