when to use microlearning

When to use microlearning

Just with any learning method there are a number of clear use cases for microlearning. It’s a great method for getting information in front of staff and increasing retention. To do so means deciding when to use microlearning. Although there are a number of examples of when it can be successfully implemented the overarching themes are clear. Here are three things to look for which signal when to use microlearning.

Three ways to know when to use Microlearning

When information can be chunked

Microlearning, by it’s very nature, is the breaking down of information into small chunks that can be delivered frequently. Not all information lends itself to this method. You obviously wouldn’t deliver anything with pages of information that can’t be broken down via microlearning.

Content that can be broken down into four-to-five minute blocks is when to use microlearning. These blocks are then organized into a clear structure that leads learners though a logical series of learning points.

When learners are geographically dispersed

One of the best times to use microlearning is when learners are geographically dispersed. Whether it be sales teams on the go, franchises or multinationals that have teams based globally, this learning method is a great solution. The reason being that it is easily deliverable via mobile phones at the push of a button. This is a great case of when to use microlearning.

EdApp’s authoring tool allows education or training managers to centrally develop content and deliver this globally with a click of a button. Its in-built cloud translation tool also allows this to be done in multiple languages. These lessons can not only be delivered to tens of thousands of users but content can be updated as needed and re-deployed. This helps to keep the information that staff have in front of them – fresh and up to date no matter where in the world they are.

When the subject matter isn’t engaging

Let’s face it, sometimes learning just isn’t fun. Especially workplace learning. It is particularly painful when learners need to take in large amounts of information at a time. Hour-long or day-long workshops are painful at the best of times. Microlearning breaks these down to ensure that short attention spans are not an issue.

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Why deliver an hour long seminar when you know the audience will only absorb the first ten minutes? Microlearning keeps people engaged and the lesson ends before their attention drops off. This makes retention levels a lot higher and keeps people from complaining about their workplace training.

EdApp delivers thousands of microlearning lessons every week, all round the world, in multiple languages. If you’d like to know how it can help your organisation, get in touch at enquiries@edapp.com. You can also try EdApp’s Mobile LMS and authoring tool for free by signing up here or in the box below.

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