Microlearning is an increasingly important part of many corporate learning strategies. Consider these three ways this approach benefits your organization.
Helps Employees Learn New Skills Faster
Microlearning is a more efficient way of learning that helps people quickly master skills and concepts. Time is always in short supply, so employees are more likely to engage in brief online learning modules than a full e-learning course. They get a return on their investment in a fraction of the time.
Because microlearning is more engaging than traditional methods, these mini-modules tend to be more interactive. When learners are more engaged, they’ll have better learning outcomes.
Microlearning is also highly adaptable to individual learning styles. There are so many types of bite-sized learning activities that almost everyone will find something that resonates with them. This flexibility ensures more employees complete learning courses and retain what they’ve learned.
Finally, microlearning promotes learning that’s just in time, or need-based. You can set up learning workflows so that, as employees take on new tasks, they receive a prompt to engage in a relevant short-form video.
Improves Employee Engagement
Employees are more likely to engage in microlearning activities because the time commitment is less. But such programs also support greater employee engagement by allowing employees to take control of their learning. Giving your people access to a variety of microlearning modules across topics helps them find the content that resonates most. The ability to explore content libraries and access many topics can even help guide people’s career decisions.
Microlearning also supports engagement by building a sense of community. Knowing that their peers are engaged in learning can open conversations and encourage workers to apply learning topics in the flow of work.
Bite-sized learning also helps employees see the relevance of what they’re learning. Because microlearning modules are targeted, employees using them for training will immediately see why they’re taking the course and how they can apply it. That specificity and relevance helps employees engage with learning and their work.
Reduces Training Costs
Microlearning can benefit your budget when it supplants other forms of time-consuming and costly worker education. It’s intentionally short and to the point by cutting to a concept’s core. Microlearning is functional, giving team members what they need when they need it without bogging them down in details. Because employees can absorb the most relevant information in less time, they’ll spend fewer hours overall in training while covering the concepts you need.
A strong learning catalog also reduces the need for specialized trainers. Having an extensive library of micro-modules empowers team members to educate themselves on their own time
Engagement is a big factor in reducing costs, too. Live learning events or full-length courses have their benefits, but if you invest in those opportunities and employees don’t use them, you could be throwing away money. Employees can access microlearning across computers or mobile devices as time allows. Microlearning’s ease of use and on-demand availability increases user adoption and the value of your investment.