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What You Need to Know About Micro-learning

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What You Need to Know About Micro-learning

Take a look at the 2 paragraphs given below.

How well can an e-Learning training program fit into safety training? How well can an e-Learning training program fit into safety training?
The best of e-Learning is its anywhere, anytime solutions. The e-Learning program should be designed such that it delivers more information on the standard prodedures and precautions to be followed in a workplace. From an instructional design context, you can use scenarios and real image, short videos and animations to make it visually attractive for learners. With these interactivities, you can show the step-by step procedure or a checklist to be followed. Take the help of various authoring tools to make simple and effective online training programs within the given budget and timeliness.
  1. The best of e-Learning is its anywhere, anytime solutions.
  2. The e-Learning program should be designed such that it delivers more information on the standard prodedures and precautions to be followed in a workplace.
  3. From an instructional design context, you can use scenarios and real image, short videos and animations to make it visually attractive for learners.
  4. With these interactivities, you can show the step-by step procedure or a checklist to be followed.
  5. Take the help of various authoring tools to make simple and effective online training programs within the given budget and timeliness.

Which did you find easier to read? Obviously, the content on the right side. Why was it easy to read that? Yes, because the content has been broken down into five small paragraphs.

Similarly, your elearning courses or training materials, when broken down into smaller courses or modules that take 5 to 10 minutes to complete, make easy learning for your learners. This is known as Micro-learning.

Micro-learning is just-in time learning. It is a method of delivering training in small, specific bursts with focused and digestible information. The full course is broken down into small manageable chunks. In this format, the learning objectives and learning activities are shorter. It is self-directed learning which helps the learner access the smaller fragments at a time. Micro-learning can be optimized when the learner is receptive to that particular information. Through micro-learning, learners receive byte-sized information in the form of videos, audio clips, presentations, quiz-zes, games etc.

Why Micro-learning?

Do you know the average attention span of millenials is only 90 seconds? A study shows that most of GenY people use short videos, infographics, or podcasts for information. They don’t want to go for tons and tons of content. Micro-learning content takes less than 10 minutes. If organizations want to retain the best talent, then they have to adapt this change in learning methodologies.

Let’s see some characteristics of Micro-learning:

Characteristics of Micro-learning

  • Flexible: Micro-learning is flexible in nature. As I mentioned earlier, it is also called just-in time learning which helps the learners access information when they need it. It is helpful to learners when they are the most receptive to the information. It is also called on demand learning.
  • Technology-driven: Gen-Y workforce are tech savvy. They have grown up in a world surrounded by technology. They prefer i-phones, i-pads and various other gadgets for learning purposes. Micro-learning is the only way out which figures better than any other kind of learning methods.
  • Cost effective and simple: Micro-learning courses are cost-effective. Due to the shorter course duration, they take very less time to be developed. They are very cost-effective as well because the overall cost involved is very less. Learning modules are small and less complex in nature.
  • Focused: Micro-learning focuses on one objective at a time. Hence it helps the learners focus on specific content rather than the complete, vast subject. It also helps learners concentrate on the information they want.
  • Various formats: Micro-learning content can be delivered in a variety of forms such as videos, presentations, games, etc.

To know more, why don’t we go through some advantages of micro-learning?

Advantages of Micro-learning

  • Helps increase engagement: Micro-learning content can be delivered in various formats such as videos, podcasts, infographics, games, small presentations, etc. Online videos help the learners understand more than simple text and images. Games also cultivate interest among the learners by involving them in healthy competition, etc. Real world examples through infographics and presentations are also very helpful because learners can co-relate the events with events they are familiar with.
  • Helps retention: Organisations usually conduct traditional classroom training for better learning outcomes. But do you know learners can recall less than 20% of material learnt in the classroom? In Micro-learning, the content is very less and can be comprehended easily. Due to simple and small content, learners can easily retain the information their minds.
  • Helps achieve quick results: Due to smaller pieces of content, learners can go through the course immediately at the point of requirement. For example, a sales person can go through the new product information before meeting a customer.
  • Helps collaborative learning: Micro-learning encourages collaborative learning. Learners can get in touch with their superiors, subordinates or peers through SMSes, discussion forums, etc.

At the end, I would like to conclude that Micro-learning is very flexible and allows learners comprehend the content easily as and when needed. It helps minimize skill gaps in the sales force.

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