Maximize the impact of learning with microlearning
Over the past few years, microlearning solutions or interventions have become a go-to strategy for anyone looking to create a great learning environment or ecosystem within their organization. Just a decade ago, microlearning solutions were seen as a support mechanism or a standalone piece of content presented as a video or quick reference on a topic. Now microlearning is almost everywhere; it is used before, during and after formal training. It is used to inspire learners to take learning seriously. It is used as part of a series of microlearning courses that can lead to mastery of a subject. Microlearning solutions are now seen as a viable way to create better learning journeys.
Microlearning as part of the hybrid learning journey
Today, with a hybrid workforce, learning cannot be of just one type, i.e. only classroom or digital. It should be a combination of various strategies, including digital, classroom, and microlearning strategies. Blended learning has become an essential part of the learning ecosystem.
In blended learning, there are multiple learning modalities, such as instructor-led virtual sessions followed by digital learning, pre-reading materials, games, online activities, and assessments . When creating a long-form program with multiple topics, it is essential that learners receive the best support they need to succeed.
Learners are employees who have many tasks to accomplish and who are more interested in their work than in the time spent on training sessions. There is also the factor of forgetfulness and fatigue that sets in. This is where microlearning solutions can play a crucial role in helping learners learn better.
When creating a learning journey, you can use microlearning solutions as a precursor to classroom training or virtual training. Then, as part of training, you can use it as a learning intervention. It can also be used after training to reinforce key learnings.
Microlearning solutions can be used to create a better impact on learners. Microlearning is a great way to create an action or task-oriented approach by providing bite-sized learning that gets learners learning and practicing key concepts. The reinforcement subtly encourages learners to apply the concepts in their daily tasks.
Benefits of microlearning solutions or strategies
Here are the benefits of using microlearning strategies:
- It helps employees get training regardless of location and is not limited by trainer time and availability.
- It offers synchronous classes using various conferencing tools such as Zoom, MS Teams and Google Meet.
- This helps maximize learners’ learning time.
- This leads to better collaboration and creates a social learning environment.
- Learners can interact with the content in meaningful ways.
Example of microlearning for better learning impact
A hospitality organization was looking to create a series of learning interventions for their housekeeping staff on best practices as well as standard operating procedures (SOPs) for housekeeping or resort maintenance. Apart from regular classroom sessions, we suggested the use of microlearning solutions to create a better impact on learners. These microlearning nuggets were on various concepts, such as timely maintenance of rooms, preparation of a bed and several other procedures that they have to undertake on a daily basis. The microlearning interventions not only served as teaching materials, but also as reinforcement of key concepts they needed to master. The microlearning solution has been designed for a maximum duration of ten minutes. The microlearning modules featured visually appealing images and minimal text. They were audio and easily understandable to staff working at the station. Learners were able to understand the different procedures and work performance was better.
To conclude, microlearning is an excellent way to influence the learning habits of your employees. Better learning leads to better performance, and this is key to any learning intervention. Microlearning is quick and easy to use and digest.
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