In today's fast-paced world, we want things to be easily accessible. Gone are the days when we had to search through long pages of learning material to improve our professional knowledge. Nowadays, most of us don't have the time or patience for that.
Microlearning is a new way of learning that focuses on reading the exact information you need, when you need it. It's about getting straight to the point and not wasting time. Imagine being able to learn what you want in just 5 minutes, using your phone. That's what microlearning is all about.
The benefits of microlearning are many:
Time saver: Modules are short and focused, so you can complete them in just a few minutes or up to 15-20 minutes. This means you can learn whenever you have a few spare minutes.
On-demand learning: Microlearning provides immediate access to specific information. You can quickly find answers to specific questions or refresh your knowledge on a particular topic without going through lengthy content.
Targeted learning: Microlearning allows you to focus on specific areas where you need improvement or new skills. You can choose modules that suits your requirements.
Mobile-friendly: Microlearning is well-suited for mobile devices, enabling you to access learning materials anytime, anywhere. This flexibility allows for learning on the go and maximizes productivity.
Cost-effective: Traditional learning often requires instructors, physical classrooms, utilities, and supplies. Microlearning, on the other hand, is budget-friendly. There are no software installation costs, and you don't need to hire physical spaces or pay for classroom utilities.
How can we fit in microlearning in the corporate world?
Skill development: Use microlearning modules to deliver short training sessions on specific skills or tasks. Employees can access bite-sized videos or interactive modules to quickly learn how to use new software tools or improve their communication skills.
Product knowledge: Utilize microlearning to provide employees with quick updates on new products or services. This allows them to stay up-to-date with the latest information and be better equipped to assist customers.
Compliance training: Many organizations have compliance requirements that employees must meet. Microlearning can be used to deliver regular, short training sessions on compliance topics, ensuring that employees are aware of the rules and regulations that apply to their roles.
In the corporate world, it's important to stay updated with the latest technologies. However, we don't have a lot of time to spend on learning because we have full-time jobs. That's why we need quick access to learning content. We also find it helpful to have small, easy-to-digest pieces of content that we can revisit whenever and wherever we want. This way, we can retain the information better in our memory.
According to a study in the Journal of Applied Psychology, microlearning is 17% more efficient in helping learners retain knowledge compared to traditional classroom training.
However, microlearning might not be the best approach for certain areas where a detailed classroom teaching is important. Bite-sized content may not necessarily be equal to good learning, but in the right context, it can be highly effective.
What do you think? Do you use microlearning? Would you consider using it for a future project?
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