By definition, microlearning is a knowledge acquisition process that integrates small learning units and short-term learning activities in order to achieve a grander goal. It has gone from trend to proven mainstay in the context of online learning, education and training. Why the success? For one, you have millennials to thank.
The millennial generation has inherited the workplace. There’s one thing you need to know about this demographic. They have a shorter attention span than goldfish. We’re not being cheeky here, as studies clock their attention spans at just eight seconds. Microlearning as a means to educate and train today’s workforce thus makes sense.
But it goes beyond accommodation of a shorter attention span. Microlearning offers so much more for your business or organisation.
Five Reasons Why Microlearning Platforms Are Better for Your Online Training Needs
1. Does Not Disrupt Operations and Workflow
Because your staff (and other end-users) are not tied up with hours upon hours of training in one sitting, they can continue to tackle their day to day duties without impacting the flow of operations. Microlearning sessions can be applied to small pockets of time, be it an hour or a brief but effective 10-minute period. In the past, days or weeks of productivity could be lost due to on-boarding and/or ongoing training for individuals or groups, but thanks to microlearning, modern organisations need not skip a beat.
2. Immediate Application to Their Day to Day
The brevity of a microlearning session not only keeps workplace operations flowing, it allows immediate application of what was learned.
The success of learning retention is contingent upon the opportunity to learn new concepts and skills, practice them, and reflect upon the experience. In microlearning, a trainee can complete a brief session that teaches them a new skill. They can immediately move from the session and directly onto the task and apply what they learned within moments of receiving the information. By applying it so soon, they will be able to better retain it and apply it again in the future. In short, microlearning allows quick learning, quick workplace application, and stronger retention because of it.
3. Reduces Trainee Fatigue
We’ve all been there. Stuck in some sort of training program that lasts for hours. You start strong and engaged in the material. However, as the clock ticks, cognitive fatigue begins to set in. Somewhere along the line your ability to grasp information dissipates and you only focus on the finish line, and not the material itself. This serves no one, not the trainee or the business. By adopting a microlearning platform, you provide staff with an alternative that removes the potential for mental fatigue and opens the door for enhanced interest in the training material.
4. Empowers Your End-Users
The modern workforce demands a sense of ownership in their own professional advancement. Advancement comes through the acquisition of new knowledge. The short-burst learning sessions afforded by microlearning better allows trainees to set their own pace in acquiring this knowledge. By empowering them, you may find that they will move at a faster rate, even partaking in learning sessions during their own free time given the convenience and flexibility.
5. Works Well with Mobile
Some confuse microlearning with another common online training buzzword, m-learning. But the m in m-learning is for mobile. Modern online training platforms are responsive not only to laptops but to tablets and smartphones. This has become necessary due to the fact that today’s organisations are more mobile than ever before, with full or part-time remote staff and/or contractors. Companies are also allowing employees more freedom in the office space, with roaming pods and breakout spaces for individuals and teams to gather for brainstorming sessions and the like. These productive practices have been made possible by the integration of tablets and smartphones for day to day work and business communications. It makes sense that training methods also mirror this practice. You want to provide an e-learning experience that is relevant to how today’s employee or stakeholder conducts their day to day. Microlearning facilities this by allowing users to complete bite-size sessions from a mobile device anywhere, anytime.
Conclusion - It is important to note that while the core of all microlearning platforms is steeped in short-burst training, not all programs are created equal. The content must be engaging and relevant, while the platform itself must be user-friendly, interactive, collaborative, and ongoing to be effective. Apprendo’s microlearning platform checks all of these boxes. Learn more about our e-learning solutions today.