Microlearning is a method of delivering learning content in tiny, bite-sized bursts targeting specific, concise topics. It’s become popular in the workplace training because of its accessibility, engagement levels and effectiveness. It’s important to understand why microlearning training is critical to understand and implement for the future of work.
By 2025 the majority of the workforce, some 75%, will be made up of millennials, a generation reared on technology and interactive work styles. If organizations want to remain competitive and attract and retain top talent, they’ll need to adjust their onboarding, training and development programs to match the preferred learning styles of this generation.
Here are a few important concepts to remember when shifting toward microlearning in your organization:
Keep it concise
There should never be more than one learning objective per microlearning asset. What one thing will they learn after consuming the information? In order to ensure the knowledge is transferred effectively in the shortest timeframe possible, focus on just one concept.
Video, Video, Video
The millennial generation prefers video to any other medium of media consumption, and video happens to be the perfect match for microlearning as well. Use video, or lose your audience.
5 Minutes or Less
When using videos, ensure that they never run longer than five minutes. If they do, you’re trying to jam too much in and missing the point. Microlearning is effective because it is consumed in tiny, potent servings that can be viewed anytime, anywhere. Expand your content too far, and you’re no longer in the microlearning category and therefore missing out on the benefits.
Following these three steps will keep your objective on track. Creating microlearning content can be a challenge but is well worth the effort in terms of engagement and effectiveness. With an ever increasing millennial-based workforce, microlearning is an incredibly important learning trend now and for the foreseeable future.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to implement microlearning in your organization’s strategy to drive better results, we can help! Contact us today.
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