How Microlearning is Disrupting Corporate Training Industry

30Sep

Have you ever watched any Ted-ed videos? The 5-minute short video lessons available on the TED-Ed website are nothing but what microlearning is. These days people want everything in a quick and short order right from listening to a four and a half minute-song on Spotify and heating up their lunch in the office microwave to watching 15-minute short films online. According to a survey done by Deloitte in 2017, present-day professionals can only afford 1% of weekly working hours on training and development which is even less than 30 minutes – typically 24 minutes. Yes, just four and a half minutes per working day! Surprised?

Before we delve into the various aspects of bite-sized learning, let’s first have a quick sneak peek into its definition.

What is Microlearning?

Microlearning is more than simply bite-sized training assets. Microlearning is focused and offers just the right amount of information necessary to help a learner achieve a specific, actionable objective. This makes microlearning in business contexts especially valuable.

Bite-sized learning is a modern-day standard of eLearning delivered in chunks or small units. The eLearning materials are designed in such a way that learners can easily grasp even huge volumes of training content by taking small chunks at a time. A microlearning-based online course usually comprises of 5-10 minutes of reading lessons. Organizations are now integrating bite-sized standalone lessons in their LMS courses that are targeted on just one certain learning objective i.e. one lesson will purely focus on one particular skill in any given LMS course. This way, employees, especially from retail and customer service support, find it easy to acquire knowledge without having to worry about scheduling their hectic working hours for their training.

Apart from being available in bite-sized learning medium, microlearning is largely leveraged by organizations to yield the desired results out of their overall eLearning programs. Unlike the traditional eLearning courses, where learners are supposed to complete the first lesson in order to move forward to the second, bite-sized learning works as a chunk of a complete meaningful unit. Now learners have the complete liberty to choose their lessons depending on their individual learning paths. By completing each bite-sized learning unit, both the learners and L&D admins can quickly see the results, monitor progress, and complete the course in an effective way.

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Microlearning allows learners to consume training and apply new knowledge and skills quickly.

4 ways organizations can benefit from microlearning

1. Personalization & freedom of learning

Organizations should ensure that the content in their eLearning program is customizable and flexible enough to enable learners to study at their own pace and convenience. Bite-sized learning assets are capable of creating strong metadata, thereby allowing employees to easily find their relevant training materials which are essential to complete their real-time, job-related tasks. Microlearning grants liberty to the learners, thereby driving learner engagement. Personalization enhances learning experience and learners are more likely to implement their newly acquired knowledge in their job and seek out future training.

2. Just-in-time bite-sized learning

With the help of microlearning, employees are now able to have seamless access to the resources on their eLearning platform whenever they need it, unlike the permission-based LMS. As the bite-sized learning assets are compact, employees, especially those working in customer care and retail industries can pull out the content to address any real-time query or whenever they’re stuck while dealing with the customers. Moreover, these eLearning assets are compatible with a wide variety of devices, thereby enabling learners to use them whenever and wherever they are. As a result, microlearning becomes the most useful and highly recommended way of corporate learning.

3. Diverse and effective

Microlearning is quite dynamic and empowers the L&D professionals with a myriad of different modalities, which creates personalized and rational learning experiences for employees. Since microlearning assets are available in chunks and focused on specific topics, they can be easily matched to the modality (games, videos, infographics, eLearning, etc.) best suited to the learners’ requirements. This effectiveness and the variety of training experiences increase learner engagement.

4. Easy maintenance

Microlearning offers several benefits to the learners and L&D department in an organization. The bite-sized learning assets make the eLearning program easier and more affordable to produce and to maintain. Further, they can be leveraged for a variety of other purposes including larger training initiatives, performance support, communication tools, etc.

There is no “perfect” subject [for bite-sized learning], as learning is learning. However, I find that microlearning is best suited for “just-in-time” learning – “I need help now” and when you are applying learning reinforcement, such as providing tools to help people communicate more effectively during a feedback session.

Here are a few takeaways that will help you make your bite-sized learning all the more effective

  • Learning paths on various topics
  • Short educational videos (like TED-Ed)
  • Video tutorials
  • Educational channels, accounts, and groups in social networks
  • Language learning services
To conclude…

Microlearning looks promising and is capable of disrupting the corporate training industry. Bite-sized learning is effective, engaging, and drives learning experience. This stand-alone solution can augment lengthier eLearning courses. That being said, it is wrong to refer to this kind of LMS structure as a “one size fits all” solution. Without a strategy and precise planning, it’s not going to save the day. If you are looking for more information, you can contact us today and we would be glad to help you out.