Lately the eLearning and training industries have been fascinated with the concept of microlearning, and for good reason. Not only does the training method promote employee engagement, it is also a more cost-effective method than traditional learning.
1. Microlearning uses bursts of information that actually stick
A 2013 study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information showed that the average human attention span is about eight seconds.
This is why traditional learning is no longer considered to meet the needs of today’s learners. Not only is bite-sized content easier for learners to consume, it is more likely receive their full attention;
And this is huge because let’s be honest,
training usually isn’t at the top of your employee’s personal to-do list.
When employees view learning as a daunting, time-consuming project, they are much more likely to put it on the back-burner. Conversely, training becomes a lot more approachable when it can be done in a matter of minutes. Smaller lessons refrain from overwhelming users with unnecessary information, while simultaneously making take-aways blatantly clear.
2. Mobile learning and content access “On Demand”
While some perceive it to be learning-on-the-go, and others believe it to be training that can be accessed on a mobile device, the answer is that it’s both! Mobile learning is the primary use of microlearning because it enables employees to access training content from their phones or tablets anywhere at any time. Not only is this method preferred by employees today, it actually helps them access vital information on a more frequent basis.
Additionally, brushing up on material is made simple by the topic-specific mini-lessons. Instead of searching through loads of wordy information, users can scroll back and find the topic they are looking for in seconds! Gamification is another fun tool used to increase user engagement.
3. Diversity of subjects
From sales training, to goal setting, to workplace safety, the number of microlearning topics are endless. Through the use of various learning formats (videos, pictures, illustrations, text, etc..), even the most complex ideas are made easy. It also makes difficult training subjects like harassment and hygiene less uncomfortable for employees, increasing the likelihood that they will retain the information.
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