A newer trend emerging in the eLearning market is called “microlearning” – strategically breaking up learning material into smaller bite-sized “chunks” in order to allow learners to focus on one topic/piece at a time. It gives the learner control of their learning and allows them to go at their own pace. It also helps keep the leaner’s attention throughout the content. The learners are in control of their learning and can choose the order in which they would like to complete the chunks and also gives them the opportunity to access and/or review material once they have completed the training.
Microlearning allows trainers to easily validate and evaluate the learner’s understanding of each topic and can help to identify any learning gaps or struggles with the content before the end of the entire course. Microlearning has many benefits to both the learner and the trainer. We have listed our Top 5 benefits below:
1. It’s accessible –Delivering workplace training content through a web-based training platform allows learners to access their training course from any device, at any time. By separating the training content into smaller chunks learners can complete their microlearning courses from their computers, tablets or cellphones at work or during their commute. Separating content into smaller “chunks” can allow users to complete chunks of training throughout the day, while also being able to attend to any situations that arise during the work day.
2. Learners can complete the training at their own pace – Microlearning adjusts to the learner’s needs. They are able to complete the sections at their own pace and within their own personal attention span. The ability to deliver content through multiple formats can also allow the learner to choose their preferred learning method. A strong platform allows trainers/training designers to tailor the learning content and method of delivery to that section. This can include text, video, narration, pictures and/or a combination of multiple formats.
3. Evaluate the learners as you go – Trainers are able to evaluate the learning as the learner completes individual chunks. This allows both the learner and the trainer to identify areas of excellence and embed quizzes and questions after each chunk to measure the learning. Learners are also able to receive feedback throughout their training, this allows them to adjust their approached based on their individual needs.
4. Adjustments or updates to content can be made easily – Microlearning allows trainers and content creators to make changes or adjustment to specific sections. Once the changes have been made a learner can revisit that section without having to go complete the entire course again. The frequency of updates will differ, but it is important for trainers to communicate information to the learners as these updates are made.
5. Increased learner retention – According to George Miller’s Information Processing Theory a learner is able to process and retain seven (plus or minus two) chunks of information in their short-term memory at a time. The information must also be meaningful to the learner in order to be retained.
Microlearning is not just a trend – it is scientifically proven to be the most efficient way to learn and retain new information. As this method of learning continues to make its way into the workplace it is important to choose the best platform to train and communicate information to your organization. A web-based training platform that allows you to deliver training content in chunks, evaluate and gather learner metrics will help you to ensure that your workplace training is informative, retained and applied to a learner’s daily job.
Renée Lewis, Account Manager