Do you wish to improve the completion rates of your e-learning courses? Are you looking for ways to improve the comprehension and retention levels of your people? Well, you need to go in for micro-learning. A survey by the BBC in 2003 revealed that micro-learning can improve understanding, retention, and application levels by at least 30%.
What is micro-learning and how can it be used?
Micro-learning refers to the delivery of learning content in the form of “information morsels”. The content is divided into several small chunks, each about 10 minutes in duration. Each micro-learning module is self-standing and addresses one learning objective comprehensively. You can get the best results by breaking down a sizable subject into bite-sized modules and allowing the learner to take them in the order of his choice. When the learner finishes all the modules, he would have completed the subject. You can use micro-learning to impart training on various aspects such as products, safety and regulatory affairs, software, and so on.
All right. How does micro-learning help impart training better?
1. Learners can be engaged very effectively
Today’s learners have very short attention spans. A study conducted by Microsoft revealed that the active attention span of most Gen-Y people is 8 seconds, less than that of a goldfish. The inability of the new-age learner to focus for extended periods has made micro-learning a necessity. Furthermore, as the number of companies going in for mobile learning increases at a feverish pace, the significance of micro-learning is increasing considerably. Short learning modules can be accessed very effectively on Smartphones and tablets, and this makes micro-learning the preferred choice of firms opting for mobile learning solutions.
2. People find it easy to “assimilate” information
Our ability to process information is limited. In his best-selling work book, Understanding Occupational & Organizational Psychology, Lynne Millward states that information can be comprehended effectively when it is presented in pieces. “Coursels” are well-suited for the human brain, which is more efficient in handlingmites of information than mountains of data.
3. Information support can be provided at the time of need
Micro-learning courses are ideal tools to provide effective just-in-time (JIT) learning support to your people. For instance, a technician of a medical device firm can access the information needed to repair a CT scanner, readily, in the form of a micro e-learning module.
4. Learning can be personalized
Byte-sized modules enable companies to provide learning solutions tailored to the needs of individual learners. Staying on with the example of the medical device maker, a salesperson can opt for a module containing information about competitors’ products, while skipping the “technical” modules.
5. Short modules can be used in multiple ways
It is easy to develop e-learning curriculums by combining related micro-learning modules. For example, short online modules covering different sections of the Sarbanes Oxley Act (SoX), which stipulates disclosure norms for companies, can be pieced together to form a comprehensive curriculum on the law. Similarly, learning nuggets can be used in multiple courses. For instance, a hardware company can use a module containing the features of a server in courses intended for its sales people as well as technical staff.
6. Microlearning courses can be developed quickly, at low cost
You can get the best ROI on training by developing learning nuggets. This is because it takes less time and money to develop these modules compared to “conventional” e-learning courses. Furthermore, the high degree of efficacy of bite-sized modules ensures your staff members are provided with learning of the best quality.
Micro-learning is the process of delivering learning content in the form of small chunks. Shorte-learning courses go a long way in engaging your learners effectively and facilitate better comprehension and retention of the subject-matter. Bite-sized modules are very useful to provide JIT support to your people. They can be developed in quick time and are very cost-effective compared to traditional e-learning courses. Micro-learning is highly flexible as learning nuggets can be re-used and re-purposed. Hope you liked this post. Do share your views.