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Microlearning can aid corporate training goals

A new paradigm has arisen in the learning world that makes it easier and faster for users to learn just about anything. That new method is called microlearning.

Companies are constantly reassessing every part of their business in order to make sure it is operating efficiently. One of the best places to begin to address those two desires is in the corporate training space, thanks to new modern methods.

In the past, corporate training was made up of seminars, lectures, and conferences, where employees would miss part or all of a workday to learn a new skill or ability. These sessions were heavy on information, covering a lot of topics and taking a relatively long time to complete - usually hours or days.

But a new paradigm has arisen in the learning world that, when applied to corporate training, makes it easier and faster for users to learn just about anything. That new method is called microlearning.

"Microlearning is the process of learning in short, focused segments that build toward a goal."

What it is
Microlearning is the process of learning in short, focused segments that build toward a goal of complete understanding of a topic or subject area. It always requires a minimal time commitment, usually no longer than 10 minutes per lesson, according to Information Age.

The content is designed to be viewed on a variety of devices, but works especially well on mobile phones and other handheld technologies. The lessons themselves are made up of a wide range of learning methods including flashcards, simulations, animations, quizzes, videos, blogs, slideshows and games.

These short-form lessons focus on simply learning one core concept at a time, and are designed to build upon each other in order to give the learner a full picture of the subject matter being studied.

Why use it
These tools are excellent at responding to the needs of the employer and the employee. Microlearning content is fast and inexpensive to produce, saving a business money and time, and it's better aligned with the way people learn, which aids in the retention of the information.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the average attention span in 2015 was 8.25 seconds, which is shorter than that of a goldfish. The short bursts of information contained in microlearning sessions help to work with these increasingly smaller attention spans.

Microlearning is aligned with the way the brain traditionally works. Anyone who has ever attempted to study an entire chapter of information the night before a test has likely found that they didn't retain much of it, and therefore didn't do well on the assessment. The brain is not designed to take in large quantities of information at once, it is designed to learn in small chunks, according to Memeburn. Microlearning works with this biochemical quirk and allows a learner to focus on one small topic until they have completely understood it before moving onto the next piece.

Microlearning is also extremely useful from the perspective of the employer. Beyond being a more efficient way to educate employees, it is cheaper and easier to update and align with changing business goals. As priorities change, new microlearning modules can be rolled out to employees quickly and with little investment, allowing them to keep abreast of the things they need in order to stay on top of their personal goals, Chief Learning Officer said.

Corporate Learning & Performance

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