Training Trends: Looking at Microlearning

We live in a fast-paced world where traditional intensive training isn’t always possible. With a microlearning approach to training, your employees can get quick coaching on the skills they need, all while saving time and taking advantage of the latest strategies for retaining knowledge.

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What is microlearning? Simply put, it’s fast learning. Increasingly used in the corporate sector, microlearning is a training format that relies on small moments or sessions of learning. It provides only the relevant information learners need for the task at hand. In other words, it’s on-demand learning that gives learners the skills they need, as they need it.  

But what’s in it for your organization? Read on to learn how microlearning can transform your team, business and bottom line.

The Benefits of Microlearning

Better knowledge retention

Did you know that studying in short concentrated bursts has been proven to be the most effective method of learning? To take advantage of this finding, rather than have employees sit through seminars or training sessions full of irrelevant information, use the microlearning approach and provide learners with small snippets of focused information. Not only does this strategy give learners brief, targeted information nuggets that they can return to, it serves as a fun and engaging form of learning.

On-demand learning

With microlearning, colleagues can access knowledge whenever and wherever they are and can complete it at their own pace. Enabling portable learning that can be done anytime with nothing more than a cell phone and internet connection, microlearning does not require a large time commitment to be effective.

Cost efficient

Traditional training can be a significant component of your budget. Whether you’re hiring trainers or sending staff off-site, relying on conventional forms of education can be costly, not to mention time consuming. Microlearning can cost up to 50% less than traditional courses, while also saving your employees productivity-draining disruptions to their work schedules.

Implementing Microlearning Within Your Organization

Ready to incorporate microlearning into your organization’s training program to further develop staff while enhancing business practices? We’ve got you covered with Adecco’s four steps to implementing microlearning within your organization.

Step 1: Identify knowledge gaps

Create a detailed syllabus of required learning for all employees in your organization. Be sure to include company-mandated training requirements (health and safety policies, for example) as well as supplementary training that can enhance your employees’ skill sets. And, remember to include department- or function-specific requirements to meet your employees’ varied training needs.

Step 2: Gather resources

Whether you choose to work with e-learning software or decide to assemble content in-house, make sure you are gathering interactive content that will capture the attention of your team. Select a mixture of video clips, infographics, PDFs, webinars, etc. that will provide interesting learning opportunities for colleagues.

Step 3: Make modules accessible

Easy access is key to the success of microlearning. Focus on the usefulness of the courses for your readers by making it easy for them to select what they need from a library of courses and then consume the content whenever and wherever they are.

Step 4: Encourage and reward

Once lessons are made available, encourage colleagues to engage with the content. Filling self-identified skills gaps may be the objective, but company-provided incentives may be the motivation your employees need to complete training.

By incorporating microlearning strategies into your training plan, you can provide your employees with a valuable resource that promotes self-sufficiency while taking advantage of cost savings and efficient delivery.

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