Did you know? Most learners prefer microlearning over traditional learning methods! Well, this is not surprising considering how learner-centric and immersive it can be.
You might wonder whether organizations stand to benefit from microlearning as well? The answer is a resounding yes!
Microlearning increases employees’ performance significantly because learners get the concepts and skills they are looking for, right when they need it. While there are several benefits of microlearning, the biggest one is that it can fit right into your existing training model.
So, are you looking to adopt microlearning into your learning strategy and improve your organization’s business goals? Continue reading this blog to find out more and learn about the different types of microlearning.
Why Your Organization Needs Microlearning
Reasons to include microlearning in your learning programs:
- Its quick, easy to consume, increases learner retention and saves the instructor’s time.
- Learners can partake of microlearning when needed instead of cramming extensive material.
- It offers quick answers to practical problems that learners might face at work.
Continue reading to explore a few examples of microlearning!
Why Your Organization Should Adopt Microlearning?
Microlearning is a strategy where large chunks of information are broken down into small, digestible formats. Smaller courses lead to increased knowledge consumption. Also, learners’ interest levels grow and peak and they also gain access to continual learning.
There are several reasons for organizations to embellish their learning and development (L&D) strategies with microlearning. Let’s learn about them in this section!
Traditional learning models need instructors and learners to be engaged for hours altogether in a classroom. This is an extremely time-consuming process. The time spent in the classroom is broken down into small microlearning modules that are quick to consume. As a result, organizations and their employees save on time.
Microlearning modules are often updatable and long lasting. This way, instead of hiring SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) for each training, you can rotate the same mini modules for every cycle of training. Organizations also save on logistical costs by incorporating microlearning.
Microlearning single-handedly increases learner retention by 20%. Smaller chunks stick in the mind easier than extended training courses that saturate or even overload learners.
Microlearning enhances the flexibility of applying and consuming knowledge. It’s just-in-time accessibility makes it a tool for learners to receive information when they need it and they’re available to consume it.
Closes Gaps Faster
Nobody wants to consume copious amounts of information when all they need is an answer they can get in minutes, right? Learners need to quickly close knowledge and skills gaps, and microlearning addresses these gaps much faster than traditional learning strategies.
Examples of Microlearning Trending in 2022
Microlearning is flexible both in terms of knowledge consumption and implementation. You can get creative with how you want to adopt this innovative strategy in your training programs.
Let’s talk about a few examples of microlearning that’ll inspire you for your next training in 2022.
Written content provides learners with reams of information. However, in a world of dwindling attention spans, it’s videos that hold everyone’s attention. They’re one of the most captivating formats for impartation of knowledge in the quickest manner possible.
You can break down larger modules into quick 3 to 10-minute microlearning videos that cover everything a 20-page eBook would. They bring an element of interaction and interest to the learning process. Learners can watch informational videos anywhere, be it in the office, at home, or even on the go!
Short Scrolling Pages
Watching your screen filled with words as if you were reading a book can be overwhelming. Many learners might not even bother to go through several paragraphs let alone chapters to complete a book. To work around this lack of learners’ interest, you can create short scrolling pages.
You can go through short scrolling pages in one scroll of your mousepad and access massive amounts of information. With the right design, these scrolling pages are easy-to-follow and they highlight all the information you need in a neat, digestible, and absorbing format.
Microlearning apps such as TED and Headspace keep learners engaged in the knowledge you want them to receive. This is because these apps are much more engaging and accessible.
Microlearning apps offer Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT), that is easy to follow, and provides learners with an engaging design. In conjunction with how accessible everyone’s mobile devices and hence their apps are, they’re easily one of the best microlearning tools. It’s noteworthy that these apps make it easy to access eLearning and microlearning content that can satisfy the most avid learner.
Who said games are only for children? Well, if you design games in a way that they end up imparting learning, then they can be for everyone! Microlearning games play the same role as microlearning quizzes. You can use them to test learners’ retention in a game-based format.
The instant feedback that microlearning games offer learners is the biggest reason for this tool’s success.
Infographics are another spectacular way of adding microlearning to your L&D program. You might ask why? It is because they are engaging and all-encompassing. They cover all the information learners might need to cover on a certain topic and they present it in a way that captures the learners’ attention.
Learners prefer infographics over regular text-based content because the former comes with an insightful flow of information. Infographics are rarely presented to be direct. Instead, they’re depicted in a way that learners connect each piece of information with the other step-by-step. Their graphical representation also helps with visual learning.
Social media tools, such as Twitter and Instagram, are spectacular platforms for microlearning because of their brevity. A tweet cannot exceed the 280-character limit. This way, you can use Twitter as a tool to impart information, concisely, and at regular intervals. All you must do is create an account, add your learners, and start posting.
The best example of using social media as a tool for microlearning is the daily ‘word of the day’ online prompts.
Gamification works as an excellent tool for more practical topics. Through gamification, you can create true-to-life simulations so that learners apply their knowledge.
The best thing about gamification is that it stokes the competitive spirit in the learner, keeping them motivated and engaged for longer time periods.
Flashcards are similar to tweets. They’re small chunks of information printed on one side of the flashcard. However, what makes them intriguing is that the other side has a prompt that can let learners know what that information means. This way, they can use the tool to get the information they need, just in time.
Flashcards also come in a quiz format, that when used bring out the competitive spirit of learners.
Microlearning audiobooks are useful for learners with strong auditory memory. The reason that audio books work is you can listen to them while doing chores around the house or exercising outdoors.
Like microlearning videos, when you spend 20-25 minutes of your time listening to an audio book you can cover a 50-page book.
There you have it! Ten best examples of microlearning that inspire you to improve your organization’s training program. It’s easy to use all or a combination of them and incorporate them into your comprehensive eLearning strategy.
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