Microlearning has become the new favorite in the e-learning world, thanks to the growing number of employees who belong to the millennial generation. To this generation, whose typical characteristics are short attention spans, busy lifestyles, and a tendency to access information on their mobile phones, microlearning is a perfect fit. Small, bite-sized modules which millennial learners can access anytime and anywhere is just what they need. However, how can you design microlearning so that it hits the target each time, every time?
There is no doubt that microlearning is the modern way to deliver corporate training. It enjoys a wide appeal among today’s generation of employees and more importantly, it offers a better return on investment (ROI) for organizations. Let us explore five ways microlearning gives better ROI for your organization’s training investment.
Small is beautiful. –E. F. Schumacher
Are you worried about the low completion rates of your online courses? Do you wish to help your learners comprehend subject matter easily and retain it effectively? You need to go for microlearning. A study by BBC revealed that the delivery of training content in the form of short learning modules can enhance understanding, retention, and application levels by at least 30%. No wonder, 8 out of 10 L&D professionals prefer imparting training through bite-sized learning modules.
The pharmaceutical industry introduces new products and upgrades existing products on a regular basis. At the same time, human attention span is decreasing, making it increasingly difficult for pharma sales reps to retain all the information they need – despite intense training.
To fight the shrinking attention spans of employees, deliver training that can fit into their tight schedules; to support learners on the job, training experts recommend microlearning – short, specific, online learning nuggets. But is this really a solution? Will information in small nuggets really help learners learn something worthwhile? You may not agree with a simple ‘YES’.
According to the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas – US retail companies will hire around 738,800 seasonal hires this holiday season.
Organizations generally conduct safety trainings as one-off annual events and don’t plan for training sessions on-site. They provide safety manuals, but employees often do not read them as they are lengthy, dull, and employees are hard pressed for time. For such employees, delivering content in digestible and specific nuggets on their mobile devices will help. This method of delivering training content is called Microlearning.
Think for a second – a fire breaks out at your workplace. What will you do? If it’s controllable, you will try to put out the fire by all means. If it’s not, you will check for the nearest safety exit. These are the essential things in fire safety. Then, why do we unnecessarily complicate fire safety training? Let’s simplify it with microlearning.
The number of workplace injuries and deaths is increasing year by year. According to the 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States Department of Labor, 4,821 workers were killed on the job in the year 2014. So, on an average, more than 92 deaths a week or more than 13 every day. Employees are their greatest asset, and organizations cannot afford to lose them; they need to take steps to ensure their safety. Also, regulatory bodies make it mandatory for organizations to implement safety training programs and prevent such fatalities.
Delivering online training modules of short duration, popularly known as Microlearning, is more relevant in this fast-paced, tech-driven world than lengthy modules. And as employees today are way too occupied multitasking and running around to meet deadlines, it becomes difficult for them to manage time between project deadlines to accommodate training. So, microlearning becomes more of a necessity than a luxury. Whether it stands on its own or is part of a bigger strategy, it always helps impart knowledge quickly, improve specific skills, and ensure better knowledge retention. But how do you get started with microlearning? Here are 5 useful tips to keep in mind when getting started with microlearning.