Micro-learning: what is it and how can my organization benefit from it?

Have you heard the news? Micro-learning is where it’s at!  If you haven’t, let me explain what micro-learning is.

Micro-learning is a relatively new learning strategy that helps to close skills and knowledge gaps. Think small snippets of information for a skill or idea presented in a way to minimize distractions and other content that might not be necessary for the skill or job at hand.  This is sort of like viewing a YouTube video for how to cook spaghetti.

The Internet has changed the way we think and learn. We are now able to get information we seek almost instantaneously. Research has shown that the adult brain typically has an attention span of ten minutes (http://www.brainrules.net/attention/?scene=1).  This means that we need to keep our training short and to the point to capture and keep the adult learner’s attention.

What does this mean for you and your organization? Organizations can re-think their required training. If they want their staff and clients to reap the benefits of the training videos and elearning, micro-learning can be more effective for certain topics. It provides advantages to trainers leaving behind the day-long training, and opting for a much more streamlined approach. Micro-learning is often seen in elearning platforms enabling your staff and clients to be in control of their own learning. This is much more cost effective as production of shorter segments can be less expensive to produce.

One surprising aspect is the social aspect of micro elearning. Providing an outlet for students to communicate with each other within weekly meetings to discuss what they have learned is often very rewarding to the student and helps to reinforce the knowledge gained. Micro-learning in an elearning platform is also much easier for the decentralized student to access. This, coupled with weekly online meetings, can help not only reinforce learning, but assist in student engagement.

So how do you get started? There are a few things to keep in mind when thinking about training topics perfect for micro-learning.

  • Decide on topics that employees already know about. Micro-learning is not the place to teach new subjects.  Think of it more as adding to their knowledge base. It is good for information updates, say a new process step that your company is initiating.
  • Use simple subjects rather than those requiring more detail.  This is not for brain surgery!  Simple subjects lend nicely to breaking the information into smaller chunks that are easily retained.
  • Reinforce previous trainings with micro-learning. Refresher courses also work well within the micro- learning realm as human memory fades. Think annual required training that many companies have. This keeps the information fresh in the mind of the student.

At Dynamic Works, we have content and course developers that are experts in creating micro-learning courses that your organization needs to keep your staff and clients engaged, and well informed. Contact us today for more information.