Is Microlearning for you?
We live in a world full of distractions and dwindling attention spans. At the same time, we are savvy consumers of information. If a post on our Facebook feed doesn’t immediately catch our eye, we just scroll to the next one. Learners scroll through training content the same way. They’ll sniff out off-the-shelf, inauthentic content and won’t engage with the trainer or the training material whatsoever.
According to a recent research by Bersin and Associates, Deloitte, the ‘modern learner’ has just 24 minutes a week (that’s less than 1% of their work-time) to spend on training and development. Ironically, this is one of the reasons why companies are increasingly looking at microlearning or bite-sized learning as a way to maximise learning in a minimum amount of time.
So, What is Microlearning?
Microlearning is a short, concise nugget of learning, often 3-5 minutes long that focuses on a specific outcome in a single topic. Microlearning is usually delivered in multi-media formats and is primarily a ‘pull’, or learner-driven (as opposed to instructor-led training), method.
Designing short bursts of microlearning that are mobile-friendly gives organisations and trainers the opportunity to pare back material and organise it into self-contained ‘bites’ of knowledge that the learner can easily consume on the go.
How does Microlearning help?
- Learner-centric - Microlearning nuggets can be embedded in a learning path in a flexible way, letting learners choose what they want to learn and when on the device of their choice
- Just-in-time - Microlearning nuggets make great performance tools to help learners apply the learning precisely at the moment of their need.
- Accessible - With every passing day, learners like you are getting more access to mobile devices. Microlearning nuggets can be the learning of choice.
- Rich media - Learners today are used to viewing pieces of information in various rich media formats. The flexibility microlearning offers can have an engaging experience.
- Less time consuming - Microlearning nuggets can be completed quickly. The learning as a result is more effective and beneficial.
- Affordable and agile - Organizations end up bringing down the development cost by 50% with microlearning at a development speed of +300%.
- Shorter development cycle - As microlearning nuggets are short, it doesn’t take long to build them. This short development cycle results in lesser expenditure and a quicker turnaround time
- Easy to push - The short turnaround time factor comes into play providing organizations with an obvious advantage to push content out faster
- Wider application – Trainers can use microlearning for both formal and informal training needs. They offer you the flexibility to use them as standalone learning or as part of a series of courses.
- High impact - As microlearning nuggets help achieve a specific learning objective, they help create a high impact as learners get to learn exactly what they needed.
However, let’s not get so excited by this concept of “microlearning” that we fail to recognize when it is appropriate and when it is absolutely not appropriate.
So, is microlearning the right answer for reinforcement? Absolutely!
Will microlearning help when it comes to actual skill-building? Not really.
People still need dedicated time to build their arsenal of knowledge and skill. The payoff to organizations who give employees this time will be huge in terms of innovation and productivity gains over the long-term.
At Learngage, we are helping our clients improve learning experiences using the methodology of microlearning and learner engagement leading to better outcomes with our platform based services.
Do reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can leverage microlearning using our Learngage Learner App in 2018.