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.
Knowingly or unknowingly, we all use microlearning. Operating a fire extinguisher following the four step figures on the device itself is microlearning. Checking the fire escape plan or evacuation route map is yet another best example of microlearning in fire safety.
As a training manager, if you implement microlearning systematically in your fire safety training, it will bring the intended effectiveness. Let’s check five tips that’ll help you do this.
1. Retain Only the Must-know Content
To make fire safety training effective, you need to divide the training material into ‘Need to know’ and ‘Nice to know’ content. Present only the cream of the content – the ‘Need to know’ in the micro courses. You train employees on the extremely important points of fire safety in microlearning.
- For example, you can have the following microlearning modules on fire safety:
- Major causes of fire accidents
- Various types of fires
- Ways to extinguish a fire
- Emergency fire exits
Nice to know information can be provided in the form additional resources and external links, so that interested learners can go through them in their free time.
2. Make it Multi-device Compatible
Microlearning gives employees the flexibility to access learning on the device of their choice. . So, make your fire safety micro modules compatible with multiple devices. This will help employees access the training on desktops, laptops, iPads, and even mobiles. Most employees prefer microlearning on their Smartphones. Along with multi-device compatibility, making the safety course design responsive adds value. Responsive Design provides optimal viewing and interaction experiences across multiple digital devices, ranging from desktops to smartphones.
3. Use Rich Text Content
Microlearning for fire safety training is not about just providing some useful tips in text format. It should engage your employees by presenting training content with strong visual and audio support. You can use images, graphs, charts, maps, line diagrams, and videos for visual presentation. Podcasts, background music, and audio instructions can also be used for each step.
For example, you can show how to operate a fire extinguisher using a short video or an infographic flash card in a microlearning module. You can use videos to demonstrate complex procedures in fire safety such as operating a fire hose and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). All these will make your fire safety training more engaging and effective.
4. Keep the Modules Short
In microlearning,your fire safety training modules’ duration shouldn’t exceed five minutes. One to three learning points per module keeps them short. This also ensures optimum knowledge transfer. If you want to cover the fire safety curriculum comprehensively, dividing them into more micro modules will serve the purpose. Too much information and many learning points in a module can overwhelm your employees.
5. Provide Activity-based Assessments
Linking your assessments to activities or the tasks to be done in case of fire accidents will give you the desired results. You can also give them in the form of interactive quizzes, but make sure you give application-oriented questions. When you make your assessments informal, employees won’t feel that pressure.
For example,offer simulations or drag and drop assessments to help learners practice how to operate fire extinguisher. e
Microlearning makes your fire safety training effective, as it suits most learning styles and engages employees with shorter attention spans too.