If you want to make significant parts of your workforce anxious or stressed, tell them that it’s training time. And that’s just the trainers – learners can be far more reticent. However, it doesn’t need to be like this. If your company or organisation needs to train its workforce in new corporate policies, retail practices or whatever, you can reduce the pain and the costs, while dramatically improving the results, by using microtraining.
What is microtraining?
Microtraining is the practice of breaking operational instruction and courses down into smaller, easy-to-digest chunks of training by transferring knowledge using smaller, more-targeted, personalized lessons. Learning subsequently becomes less of a battle and much more effective. Microtraining is related to microlearning, mobile learning, eTraining and frequently eLearning in that it can be performed face-to-face or by using electronic means to disseminate information.
What are the benefits of microtraining?
Any Instructional Designer knows that getting employees into one place on a training day can be an exercise that’s akin to herding very grumpy cats. A workforce might be spread over an entire continent or throughout the world and getting them in one place to partake in traditional transmissive learning is a painful task. With microtraining and its mobile, personalised nature (see below), this becomes a thing of the past.
2. Personalised nature
With microtraining, you are offering your workers bite-sized courses and lessons which are easy to digest. This type of learning does not suit en masse, crowd-oriented learning, but a more personalised approach so that learners can learn at their own pace rather be forced into a one-size-fits-all learning situation.
Microtraining courses have to be small by nature. As such, while they can be face-to-face, they can also comprise of easily-distributed eLearning materials. In an age where smartphone ownership is approaching ubiquity, using the Cloud to distribute small, interactive courses to remote workers to perform on their own devices saves time and becomes far more effective.
Producing courseware can take weeks or months. With bite-sized microlessons, entire courses can take just minutes to create and do not require high levels of technical expertise to author. They are also simple to update and as such they are less likely to go out-of-date quickly which would normally require great expense and effort for, what might potentially be, a very small adjustment.
If you’d like to learn more about microtraining, microlearning and microlessons, then check out Ed App’s Mobile LMS (learning management system) for free by signing up here. There are more than 50, pre-built microtraining templates that can be used to simply create lessons and you can experience some of them, here.