Skip to main content

What is Microlearning?

Time vs. money vs. ROI. This is the struggle all CEOs struggle with. And when you need to train employees or even yourself (I’m looking at you, freelancer!), you must consider these three and balance them.
But what if there is a fourth element we’re all forgetting? I’d argue we’re forgetting efficiency.
I once ran a training program for employees at the non-profit I worked for in New Mexico. In a non-profit, especially one mostly funded by the state government, you must train your employees to state standards while staying on a meager budget. State training programs are not efficient.
We spent too many hours training our staff. During that time, we paid overtime to other staff to cover shifts. Was there a better way to train staff?
I’d argue yes. But we didn’t have the knowledge to implement better training.
Today we’re going to talk about how to train both staff and yourself more efficiently through microlearning techniques.

What is Microlearning?

While it’s not true that our attention spans are as short as a goldfish’s, it is true we understand learning better than ever. We used to think that if we sat people down and talked at them, they’d learn. Now we know that’s not the best way to teach.
It’s also not the most efficient way to learn in a business environment. This is especially true when the average person has only 1% of their workweek open for training and development.
Enter microlearning. Microlearning is exactly what it sounds like. A style of teaching where the teacher or program gives information in short, engaging bursts. If you’ve heard of microlearning, you likely associate it with short training videos, but microlearning can be much more.
One major advantage of microlearning is mobility. It relies more on technology than traditional styles of learning. An employee could take the last ten minutes of their workday, complete a module and go home. They could do this over the course of a month and learn more than they might in a concentrated format.

What Are the Different Microlearning Formats?

In this guide, we’ll cover the five different types of microlearning. The first one is the most common and that’s video.

1. Video Microlearning

Have you ever sat through a long-form training video? The restraint part of our redirection and safety course required students watch overly long videos on restraining techniques. These videos were dull, slow, and the actor sounded like Ben Stein on an illegal substance.
Students would leave the training glassy-eyed. And when quizzed on the techniques, they could not perform even a rudimentary version.
While gloss helps in a short video, it’s about engagement. The videos did not engage the mind or the imagination. And they caused students to look at their watches.
If you’re going to create a video training module, keep it engaging. Pack it with interesting knowledge. If you’re teaching physical skills, invite the learning to participate and use visual graphics to allow the mind to track the movement better.
Lastly, microlearning isn’t microlearning unless it’s short. That means the video should be five minutes or less.

2. Gamified Activities

This doesn’t include ice-breakers. Sorry. This means serious gaming.
Ok, maybe not Overwatch pro league gaming, but progressive leveling and competition. You might have to hire someone to develop training material in game format.
Not only is gaming a great way to give information, it’s a great way to collect it. Just like in Ender’s Game, it’s entirely possible to gain insight into employee strengths and weaknesses through game data.

3. Short Articles With Quizzes

If your employees are reading reports all day, you don’t want to overwhelm them with content. Your information will be lost in a sea data.
Shorten that information and feed it to them at the beginning of the day. Their brains will be fresh, they’ll be more likely to complete the task, and you’ll see an increase in skill.
Again, do this over a period of time. Require employees to do one quiz a day. To prevent cheating, use a program that locks out the article once the quiz begins.
Keep those quizzes short and relevant to the content.

4. Infographics and Quizzes

Similar to the short articles, infographics are bite-sized information packets with the added benefit of visuals. These usually pack together a bunch of statistics. But infographics can include charts, images, and other graphics.
The infographic’s ease of digestion is its advantage. Our brains, especially in the digital age, love to scan for information. It’s as if we were designed to pick up subtle clues for survival.
You can quickly glance through an infographic and understand the ideas it’s trying to express. That is if it’s a well-designed infographic. At the end of the infographic, include a quiz and see how much better your employees learn with infographics.

5. Hands-On Learning

We all have learning strengths and learning weaknesses. Your brain learns best when all senses are engaged. This is why using hands-on learning overcomes most people’s learning weaknesses.
Of course, gamification falls under this category. But there are more ways to make material hands-on. This could include role-play, puzzle-like software, or even physical object training for physical skills.
If you read about how to operate a gun, could you be proficient at using one right out the box? No. You need to practice shooting to become proficient at shooting.
It’s the same with most skills. You can’t just listen to someone talk about a skill and expect to use it the next day. You need practice.
Give your employees a chance to practice even if it’s in a short amount of time.

Microlearning is the Best Way to Balance

Time, money, RoI, and efficiency. Microlearning is the best way to balance these things. Try implementing microlearning with one department and see how it works. If the training fits, use it.


Popular posts from this blog

Steps to Think Positively

Many a times, you may have heard people saying you to think in a positive note to get the outcome of things right. You may have wondered how to think positively when circumstances show negativity. To say, positive thinking depends on the practice and willingness to do so. Here are some steps that can help you to think positively even if you are a negative minded person.
First, every day when you get up in the morning, read or listen to some quotes related to positive thinking. Listening makes a greater impact than reading. You can hear these quotes in television and radio. You can also download them from the Internet. They are available in plenty over the web. In addition, you can always keep a book with you to read it any time throughout the day you want to. This is the first and basic to follow to bring about an optimistic attitude to you.
Second is always to speak in a positive tone. For instance, instead of saying, “The glass is half empty”, say, “The glass is half full”. This thro…

The Effects of Meditation on Your Health

The health of a human being is very crucial, and billions of dollars are spent every year to ensure that the people are healthy. Healthy people are more productive, and a healthy nation is automatically a wealthy one. However, all this money does not need to be spent on health when there are so many other means that do not need even a dime to be effective. Meditation is one of those. However, I must say that people are becoming more and more aware of meditation, and it is becoming more acceptable across the world.
Meditation causes various changes in the different parts of the brain, and these changes bring positive effects on the body tissues and organs. The sphere in the brain that enables one to reason and analyze issues usually pauses and rests when it is time for meditation. This, in turn, makes less adrenaline to be released into the blood, and all the organs become relaxed and they naturally heal from the effects of too much adrenaline. Also, the right signals are sent to the or…

Learn to live in the moment (Video)

There’s no such thing as a life that involves just an unlimited number of rainbows, and smiles, and lollipops. We live in reality, and there is always room for improvement. Most of people are living far below their potential. They know they are capable of so much more. They know that they have the raw ingredients for great success and accomplishment in this life. Still, for whatever reason often self-inflicted, they fail to live up to their fullest potential.

The key is to use the hidden power of your subconscious mind and take control of your life.

Decorating Your Home with Elegant Christmas Decorations

Each year, millions of Americans grace their homes for the approaching holiday season, namely Christmas.Are you one of those people?If so, which type of Christmas decorations do you plan on using?While you might not necessarily think that there's a difference in Christmas decorations, there is. This difference is often the overall quality, also as the design.If you have yet to start decorating for Christmas, you may want to think of decorating your home with elegant Christmas decorations, you'll find that there will be a number of benefits to doing so. Also the appearance of elegant Christmas decorations, you'll also find that their price is quite different.In most cases, you'll find that elegant Christmas decorations cost more than most traditional decorations.Aside from the better quality, you will find that this has to do with where the decorations can be purchased from. Most elegant Christmas decorations can be purchased online, from specialty retailers, or from spe…

What Is Magnetic Personality Development

The law of attraction says that whatever you put your focus on is whatever you get. When you put your focus on the spiritual matters of human personality growth you opt to convey a supernatural magnetic attraction. The question that you are supposed to ask yourself is whether this magnetism is consequential to that unmotivated state where you do not have to bring about as very deprived. In this case you will find that a situation of self reliance becomes a sound opportunity for self development. There are a number of ways which are very vital when it comes to considering the magnetic attractiveness of somebody thought to be spiritual.
The first one is the fixed idea. This is the law of magnetism in a linguistic act. This is based on the continual and repeated association with various fixed, vast and extremely attractive idea like god, love or peace fixed into operation diverse deeply subliminal operations of the heart. These operations however are completely unnoticed and they are not …