Microlearning modules have to be delivered the right way if they have to make an impact on your blended learning strategy. Microlearning is the training strategy that employees prefer because it delivers learning to them when and where they want it. These short bursts of information allow learners to access them at their convenience. Employees prefer microlearning because it gives them short and focused learning moments.
It provides learners autonomy, it makes them feel in control of learning, they can pick and choose the learning according to convenience. So learners can benefit from continual learning while still doing their work. Microlearning modules can be used to deliver latest information and updates easily when information is constantly updated and improved. Updates can be sent out through social media, videos, or interactive content. So your learners get access to the latest information.
Microlearning fits well in a blended learning strategy simply because it is the preferred way of learning today. Its multi-device compatibility and the flexibility and accessibility it provides allow both learners and organizations to take advantage. We will look at three ways to deliver microlearning to enhance your blended learning strategy.
1. Mobile Devices
The device-agnostic feature of microlearning allows it to be delivered on every type of device including mobile phones. You can deliver them on devices your employees already possess – smartphones. For organizations, this means cutting down on costs of delivering the course through ILT or lengthy online courses while maintaining a high level of engagement.
Mobile devices can make learning on the go a reality. Employees are hardly without their mobile devices and the best part is they can access these small nuggets of learning anytime – while commuting, during the lunch break, or even at home.
Delivering micro modules on mobile devices fits well with your blended learning strategy. After a training session, conference or class, the mobile device can deliver answers to questions, summarize topics, and provide important points or display graphs and images related to the session. Mobile devices thus provide a seamless learning experience or reiterate what was taught in the classroom session. Mobile devices are the perfect vehicle to deliver microlearning modules for performance support because employees always have these devices with them.
2. Mobile Apps
Mobile apps are another effective way to deliver microlearning to learners. They can learn anytime or anywhere, even without an Internet connection using these apps. The major advantage of mobile apps is that they provide just-in-time information when the learner is at work, increasing usage at the time of need. Apps provide the facility of pushing content on the go and help in enhancing performance. They are ideal to provide just-in-time learning aids and performance support tools such as checklists, tips, or ready reckoners.
In a blended learning strategy, mobile apps are the best vehicles to deliver pre and post assessments for a formal training session. They can be used for practice sessions and reinforcement after a formal training session. Developers can use existing apps such as Twitter to push microlearning without having to create a custom app.
3. Social Media
Social media has changed the manner we receive information and also how we share it. Today’s employees are almost always connected to their social media accounts. So this is an ideal vehicle to deliver a microlearning nugget in the form of a video or a tip, and if the information is shared on the same platform, it naturally extends the reach of your microlearning.
Social media and microlearning can be a potent combination and add a powerful impetus to your blended learning program. Both social media and microlearning give learners a personal learning experience because they are not part of a formal learning environment and are accessible to learners at the time of need and can be accessed on multiple devices. Microlearning can be made more effective with the use of social media features such as chat, comments, like, share, etc.
Using social media to deliver microlearning will let your learners post their comments or rate the microlearning nuggets. It can be a good vehicle to ask your learners to pose questions after a formal training session, so that you can clarify what they did not understand or need to know.
Using these three ways to deliver microlearning can effectively enhance your blended learning program and make microlearning a powerful part of it.