Years ago, employees developed new skills and broadened their knowledge in a completely different way. Technology has changed our culture, and its impact on our ability to teach and learn new concepts has been perhaps the biggest benefit. Corporate training has adapted to technology, becoming more efficient and effective.
One of the most impressive employee training innovations of today is microlearning. While this has become a standard industry term in the eLearning world, many people even corporate training professionals are still unfamiliar with it. Microlearning is a teaching method that breaks down a large concept into several smaller pieces of information, then delivers each piece of information during brief training sessions. These small chunks of educational content can come in multiple forms and typically take three to seven minutes to complete. The whole reason for microlearning’s spike in popularity is internet and technological innovations we utilize on a daily basis.
Over the past few years, companies with teams ranging from 25 to 5,000 have implemented microlearning into their training strategies. Microlearning offers organization a way to an increase in knowledge retention and employee engagement. Here are five different ways you can integrate microlearning into your team’s learning.
1. Short videos. For a long time, corporate training videos had a bad reputation. They were tedious and boring with poor production values—worst of all, these videos turned learners off by overwhelming them with information. The advent of microlearning, has changed the way we approach video-based eLearning. Short videos, no more than six or seven minutes maximum, can hyper-focus on very specific aspects of the subject matter. Whether your training concerns on-boarding, regulatory compliance, or new procedures, videos can engage your employees.
2. Interactive tools. One of the most common complaints HR managers and training staff often hear from trainees is being overwhelmed by the sheer amount of content. This leads to frustration and then apathy, resulting in bored employees who feel completely disconnected from the material. One of the easiest ways to empower learners is by utilizing an interactive interface. Software such as Captivate, Storyline, and Lectora allow employees to work hands-on with the material they are trying to master. Interactive software utilizes microlearning by focusing on small details in short modules. This gives the learner a sense of accomplishment since they can go through the modules as rapidly as they like or as slowly as they need!
3. Pop quizzes. After your employees complete certain modules, you may want to consider incorporating pop quizzes into your training. This particular form of microlearning helps a great deal by increasing knowledge retention. When presented with a quiz, learners will almost instinctually remember the content provided. Such quizzes should be no more than ten questions long, and should target a very specific aspect of the subject matter.
4. Gamification. Believe it or not, there is a place for fun with microlearning. If you utilize technology that turns learning into a game, your learners will dive right in. Your customized learning module can allow them to collect points, level up, and much more. Like all video games, there is a certain narrow focus when it comes to gaming. This will engage your employees like no other technique and offer them new levels of involvement.
5. Infographics. This is the content medium that is sweeping the internet! An infographic takes a small and focused piece of information and explains it in a very easy-to-understand format. Graphics, charts, and imagery come together to make a unique experience. Infographics should never be overly broad. Instead, you can focus on smaller, more doable subjects and in the long run, tackle those large ideas in the process.
Microlearning comes in many forms. But in truth, each one of these techniques all contribute to the same goals: improving knowledge retention and skill development. Studies have shown that microlearning decreased knowledge decay more than any other approach to training. Isn’t it time for your team to jump on board?