Is Microlearning The Future of E-Learning? 5 Takeaways from the Microlearning Trend

Microlearning trends

Microlearning has emerged as one of the fastest, most cost-effective tools for imparting new skills and knowledge to employees. That’s because, in addition to saving time and money, it’s also extremely effective. Microlearning means using small pieces of content to train employees or provide on-demand information. Here are the top five advantages of making microlearning part of your organization’s e-learning strategy.

1. Microlearning is quick and easy to implement

With the right tools, microlearning can be quickly rolled out. Since the key is to keep the material as short as possible, it also takes less time to produce content. Especially if your organization has already implemented an e-learning platform, such as a knowledge sharing platform, you’re all set to start publishing highly effective microcontent. To make it even easier to maintain, empower experienced employees to create and share their own content. Microlearning is an excellent format for employees to contribute e-learning content to a shared knowledge pool.

2. Improving e-learning outcomes

For e-learning to be effective, it must be interactive and engaging for learners. That’s because learners thrive when they enjoy the learning experience. Microlearning gives learners information in quick, easily digestible “packages,” so learners don’t need to spend hours to get the information they need. This “quick fix” aspect gives learners a better sense of accomplishment, making the learning process more rewarding. They’ll instinctively want to learn more because they’ll notice it feels good to learn in this format.

3. Lasting impact

Think of all the books you read in school. Out of all those books, how many facts and figures can you remember? Chances are, only a small fraction. That’s because the scope of a textbook or a lengthy course is so broad, it’s hard to keep track of what really matters. By sharpening the focus down to very specific learning goals, microlearning content clearly defines what the learner will take away from the learning experience. This makes it far likelier for the learner to form a clear memory of the information and retain it for longer.

4. Perfect for millennials

For younger employees who grew up relying on the internet for quick tidbits of on-demand knowledge, microlearning is already second nature. The fast-paced, data-driven society of the future has an unlimited need for information, but a short attention span. No one has time to sit through hours of training courses or flip through entire handbooks just to take away one or two useful bits of information. We’re much likelier to benefit from easy access to concise pieces of information that we can use whenever we need, without having to sift through pages of less relevant information. Another great advantage is that microlearning is mobile-friendly. Access information like quick video tutorials and forums right on your smartphone or mobile device, whenever or wherever you need.

5. Apply knowledge easier

The true test of whether you’ve learned something is when you can perform it yourself. Microlearning encourages learning by doing, which is the most effective way for people to acquire new skills and knowledge. Microlearning content focuses on teaching one specific piece of knowledge, so it’s perfect for viewing on the job, while you’re carrying out a task. Imagine you’re a technical support representative helping a client fix a software bug over the phone. If you’re new to the process or just need to jog your memory, you can quickly retrieve the information you need so you can confidently help your client go through the steps in real time.

From cutting costs and saving time to improving learner outcomes, microlearning ticks all the boxes for a better e-learning experience.