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Reap Big with Small – 5 Ways Microlearning Gives Better ROI

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.

1. Increases the speed of employee development

Employee performance management involves identifying the behaviors that need to be improved, targeting the skills that need to be developed, and training and coaching employees on an ongoing basis.

The traditional ways of doing this are having an annual review, events, classroom training, or assigning e-learning courses. While these methods are successful, some of them require employees to be present together at one place, while some trainings may not meet the individual learning needs of employees.

When the same is done through microlearning modules, training is delivered in multiple formats, which in turn can help personalize learning, and employees can access their preferred learning format, on-demand. Such opportunities can accelerate employee development.

2. Engages and empowers employees

Learning can be personalized through microlearning modules. Employees can select what they need to learn and when they want to. This helps create personalized learning paths. Employees will have access to the specific courses they require to build skills, rather than go through generic programs. This gives them a sense of empowerment and control over what they want to learn.

This is unlike traditional performance management where the manager tells employees the areas they need to improve in and rolls out a training plan for them. In fact, microlearning allows managers to pick and recommend courses for employees, who can then choose what interests them. When employees are given a choice to access training that suits their learning style, engagement levels improve. This is because when they seek out the content, their retention levels are better and their enthusiasm to learn increases.

3. Creates high impact learning

Microlearning modules are designed to meet a single and specific learning outcome. As mentioned earlier, this can have a positive impact on learning and application. Microlearning is versatile to be used for formal learning and as a performance support tool. This makes them suitable for better application, on the job, including just-in-time training. The small size of these modules makes them ideal for mobile learning as well.

4. Helps companies achieve higher training completion rates

Microlearning can improve training results both for companies and their employees. Microlearning suits fast-paced training programs. Modules can be easily accessed by employees on their mobile devices anywhere and at any time, based on their convenience. This results in higher completion rates. Moreover, the facility to personalize training motivates employees to complete the training and improve their performance.

5. Needs lesser investment and allows content to be reused

The investment in microlearning is less, compared to traditional e-learning. This is because the content is short, precise, and to the point. This means it can be produced on smaller budgets. Small modules mean cheaper production costs and faster turnaround times.

While the investment is low, an added benefit is that the content of microlearning modules can be reused. The same content can be tweaked a bit and used for different trainings. Even though it is possible to reuse the content of traditional e-learning courses, microlearning modules can be modified faster with little effort, because they are small.

These are some ways microlearning brings a better ROI for your training. Consider switching to microlearning if you want better results from your training.

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