3 Reasons Why You Should Consider Microlearning

When faced with issues embedded in modern training like time constraint, attention  fighting and the growth of the digital environment. How can we all, as educators and leaders stay up-to-date on the latest and able to adopt strategies to help people around us learn more, learn faster without losing the fun?

Luckily, there’s been a lot of research lately in terms of microlearning and its benefits. Here’s some of the best information to know if you’re considering microlearning.

Microlearning increases retention of learners

We’ve mentioned times when microlearning is a great fit and times when it’s not, but when it’s a great fit it can really help increase retention. In fact, researchers at Dresden University in Germany conducted a study to see just what kind of effect microlearning might have on a group of learners.

They took a 16-chapter online text and divide it up in different ways between three groups.

  • One group read it chapter by chapter and answered just a single question at the end of each.
  • The second, read four chapters at a time and answered four questions after reading each section.
  • The last read half the text and answered eight questions, and another eight after reading the last half of the text.

Which group do you think performed best? If you chose the first group then you are right. But, are you really surprised? Probably not.

Just-in-time (JIT) and just-enough suits our lifestyle

A typical employees can only dedicate about 1% of their work day to training? That’s about 24 minutes a week or about 19 hours a year. There are also studies that suggest that the average learning hours per year is somewhere around 31 hours only. That’s not a lot of time to train, especially when you consider that unless something has compelling content, we’re not likely to remain engaged.

What’s the ideal microlearning course length? The Association for Talent and Development (ATD) surveyed 144 talent development professionals who said the average length of microlearning courses should ideally be 10 minutes with a maximum of 13 minutes total. Based on the 24-38 minutes workers have available each week for training, that’s a solid two to four microlearning courses! Sound great, isn’t it

It’s a millennial thing

Millennials are here to stay. Depending on your industry and company Millennials could easily be 50% or more of your workforce.

Did you also know that Millennials learn very differently than past generations? They’re:

  • Less fixed, more mobile
  • Less hierarchical, more open
  • Less fragmented, more connected

They also approach learning with a different mindset than past generations.

“[Millennials] are masters of multi-tasking, and in order to reduce the “noise” of all the demands on their time, they tend to prioritize their tasks by asking “What’s in It for Me?” (WIIFM).” They’re able to weed out superfluous information, which makes them a generation of effective learners. It’s why microlearning- which gets to the heart and meat of a single idea- is so appealing to them. It allows them to quickly learn something new without having to weed out all of the fluff.

So, when you begin strategising about your next eLearning course, make sure you’re not leaving out a substantial percent of your workforce’s preferred learning methodology.

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