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While microlearning is not a new concept, it is suddenly being talked about as the next significant approach to train workforce. Although chunking content into short bytes has existed for a long time, we are seeing an increased focus on microlearning as a fairly significant part of an organization’s overall training delivery. Here are 10 benefits of microlearning-based training.
10 Microlearning-Based Training Benefits
In this article, I will outline why “less is more” and touch upon the top 10 benefits of microlearning-based training.
What Is Microlearning?
Microlearning is a short, focused learning nugget (often 3-5 mins long or shorter) that is designed to meet a specific learning outcome. It can be used to offer formal training but it often finds a wider usage in informal training (with a focus on performance gain).
Typically designed in rich media formats, it is a learner-centric approach that provides just-in-time training that is available on multiple devices (extending to Tablets and Smartphones besides Desktops and Laptops). All these aspects ensure that it can be easily accessed, quickly completed, and applied by the learners.
Why Is Microlearning Suddenly In News?
Many of us may be familiar with the exponential nature of forgetting. As you see from this diagram featuring the “Forgetting Curve” (by Hermann Ebbinghaus), we forget 80% of what we learned in 30 days!
Microlearning can be used very effectively to create sticky learning experiences thereby flipping the “Forgetting Curve” to a “Retention Curve”. This can be achieved by offering Microlearning nuggets in a learning path to:
Supplement or reinforce the primary, formal training.
Trigger behavioral change (leading to a transformational gain).
What Are The Benefits Of Microlearning-Based Training?
There are several benefits of microlearning-based training. Let’s take a look at these from both learner as well as business perspectives.
Benefits Of Microlearning-Based Training For Learners:
Learner-centric. Microlearning nuggets appeal to learners as they empower them and give a higher control in defining a personalized and flexible learning path. The varied formats used to create these nuggets are more likely to match individual learning styles.
Just-in-time. This is probably the biggest benefit for the learners. These nuggets are available to them precisely at the moment of their learning need. They are also available on demand (learners can pull them rather than being pushed into going through them).
Accessible. Microlearning can be designed for multi-device delivery (from desktops and laptops to tablets and smartphones) thereby providing higher flexibility to learners to learn when they need and on the device of their choice.
Rich media. The design formats of microlearning include rich media formats that lead to better retention of knowledge.
Less time consuming. Microlearning is ideal for adult learners with a shorter attention span and appeals to millennial learners .
Benefits Of Microlearning-Based Training For Business:
Affordable and agile. Due to short training duration, the microlearning costs are lower than traditional eLearning. They can be created and deployed much quicker than traditional eLearning.
Shorter development cycle. On account of the run length and the typical formats used to develop microlearning, these assets have a much shorter development cycle.
Easy to update. Microlearning nuggets can be updated and corrected quickly to enhance their impact.
Wider application. Microlearning can be applied for formal learning or as Performance Support Tools (PSTs). You can use these nuggets as stand-alone assets or they could be part a series of microlearning courses.
High impact. By definition, microlearning nuggets are designed to meet a narrow but specific outcome. This has a positive impact on learning and application. They can be used very effectively to bring about behavioral change.
I hope this article was useful in recognizing the power of microlearning-based training. This approach will help your learners get just-in-time training in formats that are easy to learn and apply. This will certainly result in performance gain and increased productivity.