October 28, 2019
The rise of handheld devices and super-speed Internet have popularized microlearning and microlearning platforms.
Microlearning has become a life-saver for the trainers since this has proved to be time-efficient and cost-effective as well. Microlearning has also shown to boost learner engagement and knowledge retention.
Microlearning is an educational strategy that provides the right amount of information to help learners reach specific, actionable goals.
It is an educational strategy that provides 2 to 5 minutes of information nuggets that helps learners in achieving a specific, actionable objective or outcome.
The need for microlearning has arisen since millennials are expected to occupy 50% of the U.S. workforce in the next two years. With average attention spans limited to 12 seconds, engaging the millennial workforce is no mean task.
Since millennials think differently from the previous generations of the workforce, it is imperative that etraining also needs to revamp to engage their attention with interactive content.
The use of bite-sized training has helped smartphone users to complete a course 45% faster though dispersed across different non-office locations. These self-directed micro modules have also helped remote employees to complete the training at their convenience.
A study by Stanford University in 2015 showed that employees working remotely had shown significant improvement in work productivity while cutting down cost and time for travel.
Not surprisingly, in 2019, the number of remote workers has grown bigger with 66% of organizations permitting remote work while 16% are completely remote. However, training is mandatory and there is no exception for remote employees.
For instance, Siemens invests 00 million annually for its employee training. The study also showed that 67% of employees wanted more work-related training. Nearly 50% take online courses, while 22% use their mobile phones to take up the course.
Towards this end, microlearning platforms combine adaptive learning, brain science, and gamification to help employees recall and retain knowledge. These interactive and intuitive platforms use detailed analytics to identify where, how, and when an employee may need training.
These platforms are extremely useful while onboarding hires, improving products or training remote employees. The advantage of microlearning platforms is that the content is easy to create, quick to edit, and fun to consume.
Effective training can be delivered when an engaging learning experience is provided to employees anytime, anywhere and on any device. The result is that employees can effectively apply what they learn in their jobs.
Here are some common features of any microlearning platform:
The ability to support microlearning across different devices and multiple languages is almost a common feature across different microlearning platforms. However, there are a few other crucial factors that one needs to consider before selecting a platform:
The microlearning platform should:
Daniel Brown is a senior technical editor and writer that has worked in the education and technology sectors for two decades. Their background experience includes curriculum development and course book creation.