Millennials are moving into the workforce as fast as Baby Boomers are leaving, making it essential for us to understand the principal millennial learning styles of our younger generation.
In our technological age, millennials have basically grown up with technology as an extra limb, where being without a mobile device is a rarity. Accommodating young people is pivotal in the motivation and increased performance of the modern employee.
The needs and preferences of millennials must be met for the successful integration of younger generations into the workforce. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), engaging the millennial learner is successful when variety is offered. We have gathered ways in which variety for millennial learning styles can be incorporated into your employee learning strategy.
Implement gamification techniques
Adding gaming elements to mandatory training modules (usually in the form of microlearning) is responsible for boosted engagement and productivity of employees, specifically millennials. Young people’s familiarity with technology is advantageous to their completion of mobile-based learning, as the volume of material taught is increased in a shorter amount of time. Gamification includes the implementation of gaming elements, such as leader boards, point scores and real prizing. Recognising employees is important for their self-esteem, resulting in increased productivity and self-confidence.
Encourage self-directed and flexible learning
Flexible learning is instantaneously appealing to millennials as they feel supported and suited. Mobile learning allows users to progress through their microlessons wherever and whenever suits them. This is also beneficial for employers as important working hours do not have to be sacrificed for training time. When employees feel valued, they tend to perform better which is another reason why flexible learning must be encouraged.
Ensure information is relevant
Relevant information is vital for the understanding, absorption and retention of new information. A psychology professor at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Steven Meyers, concluded that millennial learners perform at their optimum when teachers connect lessons to real-life scenarios. A second psychology professor, Sheryl Harman, of Miami Dade College, suggests that teachers must communicate to students how the course content is beneficial and how students will be assessed.
Incorporate various teaching methods, such as collaboration
Millennials are clearly exploratory learners, benefiting from customised learning programs. Active learning approaches are pivotal to the extent of millennial learning style mastery. An example of these is the utilisation of collaborative learning and peer authoring. This creates a support network amongst learners, providing them with more confidence and assistance when needed. Peer authoring allows for constructive feedback to be left on microlessons, for the continual improvement of learning strategies.
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