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Employee Training: The Big Results of Micro Learning

 

Posted on Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:04

The realm of e-learning continues to change and evolve and the latest method to hit the scene is micro learning. This new approach to corporate training is the most streamlined yet, catering to the shortened attention spans of Americans today.

Before we dive into the benefits of this shiny new method, let’s make sure we have an understanding of exactly what it is.

The Big Results of Micro Learning

What is micro learning?

Micro learning is a focused learning strategy in which information is broken down into smaller units, providing small bits of material at a time. Broad topics are divided into tinier lessons or projects.  

There are a variety of ways this kind of content is delivered, including short videos, emails, online posts, to name just a few.

What are the advantages?

There are a number of benefits that micro learning provides to the digital-native learners of today.

Here are some of the reasons that micro learning has become such a popular method for employee training:

  • Flexibility and accessibility. Micro learning can be developed for delivery across multiple devices, such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Learners can access the content whenever and wherever they need. For example, the train ride home can be an ideal time to get in some training.
  • Self-paced and learner-centric. With small chunks of information, employees can take in as much as they wish at one time without getting overwhelmed. They gain a sense of ownership of their learning, which increases the chances that they will retain the material.
  • Results are immediate. Micro learning allows employees to close a skill gap in a very short period of time. An employee can access specific content in the moment.
  • Improved retention. When information is broken down into smaller chunks, it’s comprehended more easily by the learner. An understanding of the material greatly increases the chances that it will be applied to actual on-the-job scenarios, which is the ultimate goal of employee training.
  • Budget friendly. Micro learning’s targeted focus makes it less expensive than a large-scale training situation.

Saves time. Micro learning doesn’t take employees away from an entire day of work in order to complete their training. It’s ideal for workers who like to stay on-the-go.

How can micro learning be used?

Let’s look at some examples of how micro learning can be used in a corporate training environment for the benefit of the company and the employees.

  • Learning anything that requires repetition, such as a foreign language. This can be helpful for a company with offices around the world.
  • Learning new software operations.
  • Learning the processes and procedures of a company.
  • Health and safety training.
  • Improving time management skills.
  • Conflict resolution.

Micro learning has many benefits for companies who seek to train their employees in the most comprehensive and effective way possible. Adapting e-learning methods for a generation of learners who are digitally-driven can have a positive impact on a company’s bottom line. When employees are well-prepared to do their work, from the head of the company down to the clients and customers, everyone wins.  

Contact the team at Designing Digitally, Inc. and get started on the next micro learning solution for your organization.

By Designing Digitally, Inc.