Leveraging e-learning tools and technologies for corporate training and developing programs has become a popular practice. In Training Magazine's latest industry report, it was found that on average organizations are dedicating an increasing amount of their budget to learning tools and technologies. And while more companies are spending more time on training employees, how much money they are spending per learner is decreasing - a trend that can, at least in part, be attributed to the e-learning solutions. Last year, the biggest priorities organizations had when it came to training included:
- Increasing the effectiveness of the programs (29 percent)
- Improving training efficiency and reducing costs (19 percent)
- Measuring program impact (16 percent)
Considering the factors that are most important to business leaders, it makes sense that the investments made in learning technologies is expected to grow, particularly in learning management systems, online and mLearning, and authoring and content development tools. As digital innovations continue to advance and take center stage for corporate training initiatives, an increasing number of organizations will continue to implement the use of microlearning. Between our shortening attention spans and increasingly mobilized workforce, the bite-sized bits of content presented in microlearning applications are convenient and, more importantly, effective for today's users.
By condensing education and training material down to precise information and presenting it in a way that is interactive and creative, businesses are able to increase engagement and participation levels. Employees can go at their own pace and the courses can be tailored to meet the specific and individual needs of each user. However, there are some key aspects that organizations must keep in mind when designing and developing a microlearning course.
1. Interactive content
The advancements of today's e-learning tools and technologies make available a vast array of modules and simulations that facilitate engaging and dynamic learning applications. Gamification, for example, can be incorporated to make the education experience more entertaining and fun - it fosters a sense of competition and satisfies the need for instant gratification through rewards-based systems.
Microlearning is about more than the amount or size of information being distributed: It's also about the manner in which it is presented. The interactive and multimedia elements of digital content are ideal for microlearning applications because they offer a blend of instruction and experience. Businesses should utilize the technologies that allow them to fit the needs of various learning styles. By presenting the content in various formats, such as videos, quizzes, audio, gaming and so on, it enables businesses to customize the course to fit the needs of various learning styles.
2. Multichannel delivery
The user-centric approach of microlearning courses allow learners to self-pace the material. And the training's short duration makes it time-efficient for the employee. However, to heighten the benefits experienced and overall value of microlearning, users need to be able to complete the course from anywhere, using any platform or device. Using open source software for digital content development is gaining significant traction because in addition to ensuring the material will translate seamlessly across all browsers and operating systems, it can also be easily customized, edited and adapted on an as-needed basis.People have different learning styles, so it is important that a microlearning course is designed so that users can access and complete it through the channel that is most effective and convenient for them.
"Microlearning is about more than delivering small bits of content at a time."
It is not enough to simply take old corporate training content, break it down into smaller bits and deliver it online. Effective microlearning courses are well-structured, developed and designed using a strong, in-depth blueprinting process. Because there is such a brief time frame in microlearning formats, all of the content and elements need to be used strategically. The business objectives should be clearly identified and established, with each asset aiming to address one goal.
Companies must leverage advanced digital content technologies and IT services that allow them to not only create the microlearning courses but to measure and track performance as well. The training platforms should be built in a way that allows company leaders to analyze key metrics, such as participation, improvement and completion rates.
There are many components involved in designing, developing and deploying a microlearning course. In order for businesses to get the highest ROI possible from their corporate training and learning programs, they need to partner with a service provider that can offer the most cutting-edge mLearning tools and solutions, as well as the industry expertise and know-how to continuously stay ahead of competitors.