It’s no secret that technology has evolved tremendously over the past decade, and it’s not stopping anytime soon. We live in an era where people are constantly seeking a faster, better way of doing things. I admit that I seek small learning nuggets during my commute, while waiting for my coffee to cool, or when I’m on-the-go. And while I intend to indulge in longer-form video, articles and online courses, I never do get around to them.
Traditional learning practices that require lengthy classroom training sessions are not as effective as they used to be. Rather than forcing the new generation of employees to adapt to dated learning methods, more employers are choosing to adapt to their employees through micro-learning
Micro-learning offers teachings conveniently and efficiently. It can be accessed through laptops, tablets, and smartphones in various formats such as:
What exactly is micro-learning?
Micro-learning is centered on the idea that bite-sized, individualized training elements can be retrieved anywhere. It enables learners to digest the information they need when they need it, without having to learn additional information through traditional education and training. Overall, micro-learning provides learners with more power over their learning experience.
Who benefits from micro-learning?
With a heavier focus on the learner’s wants and needs, it may seem as if micro-learning only benefits the learner. But believe it or not, the employers reap many benefits from using this learning method as well.
Employers – Micro-learning saves the huge amount of time and high expense that comes with traditional classroom training. Additionally, it decreases the likelihood of having to frequently retrain employees. That’s because micro-learning breaks down complicated information, allowing learners to absorb and remember the material more easily.
Employees – Micro-learning is beneficial for employees who already use it outside of the workplace. If they need information or want to learn how to do something, many will “Google it” and quickly learn. However, it’s particularly useful for learners with a short attention span who have difficulty concentrating in a classroom setting.
What’s so great about micro-learning?
Besides being able to attain information from anywhere, there are other reasons why micro-learning is so beneficial.
Easy to develop– Thanks to technology, the process to develop micro-learning is quick with the Internet being the collaborative medium. It provides everybody a chance to develop organized, high-quality training tools. It’s quick and efficient information sharing at its best. That’s why using easy-to-use templates, easily accessed image libraries and rapid authoring tools are essential.
Easily accessible – You can avoid the traditional learning methods by using micro-learning instead. But, it must be available whenever a person needs it. It allows employees to learn about topics whether they’re at home, at the office or in the field.
Swift and current– The information detailed in micro-learning sessions is compact and current, making it easier to learn. There’s no red tape or complicated issues involved in the process. You can update the information on a regular basis and alter it to fit present-day situations.
Low cost – While some time will likely be spent on the initial process, the long-term cost associated with the training drops. For instance, micro-learning sessions do not require you to hire instructors, rent training spaces, or spend long hours in a classroom.
A worthwhile investment despite the small package
It’s not surprising, given the benefits associated with micro-learning, that it’s rapidly becoming the best way to offer your team necessary data to do their jobs properly. Whether your goal is to retrain people on your team, streamline the management process or ensure a level of retention, micro-learning can help make a difference. It is all about offering more to your company for less.
About the Author
Danielle Wallace is an instructional designer and learning director at Beyond the Sky, a provider of custom learning solutions. Previously, as a marketing executive with Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo, she learned strategic marketing principles, which she applies to training to create learning that sticks. Danielle is also a certified training and development professional (CTDP) and her thought leadership can be found at www.BeyondtheSky.ca