Microlearning: An Evolving eLearning Trend And Why It’s Better for Your Learners
A student spends an average time of 8 hours a day in school and usually starts from 7:00am to 4:00pm or for some, 5:00pm. An employee in the Philippines works for 8 hours a day with a 1 hour lunch break daily. That means that either students or employees spend more time doing these activities, less time for themselves, a tiring day and sometimes it can be a stressful week.
Now with this kind of situation, how can you better grab a student or an employee’s attention to educate them and ensure the information sticks?
Changes in the current workplace are also creating changes in traditional processes. One of such processes is how employees consume learning. Millennials are claiming the place of baby boomers as the largest adult generation, and as digital natives, they think differently. That’s why passive training doesn’t always work anymore. Millennial learners demand that training is customized to their needs, on-demand, and informal.
This is why a new learning model, the Microlearning, will surely help you innovate your training and learning, and also, a more efficient and modern way to educate learners.
Microlearning refers to an educational approach that offers bite-sized, small learning units with just the necessary amount of information to help learners achieve a goal. A learning approach ideally suited for skills training. It involves stripping down a skill or idea to its most essential parts - and only teaching those.
Microlearning is now seen as an effective way to train adult corporate learners. International corporations let viewers watch 5 to 10 minute training videos, some provide a five-minute interactive lessons on the go, and others offer three- to five-minute microgames to reinforce information and assess learner knowledge. This learning technique accesses the learner’s working memory bank, which makes microlearning worth consideration for any employer seeking to teach candidates hard skills
Here’s why microlearning is more efficient than traditional longer-duration courses:
1. Microlearning improves focus and supports long-term retention by up to 80%.
According to RPS research, Microlearning improves focus and supports long-term retention by up to 80%. This means we should use micro-learning not as a stand-alone learning vehicle, but rather as a supplemental strategy to support the main training event.
a) Recent studies indicate that a short content may increase information retention by 20% (Microlearning an Evolving eLearning Trend: Luminita G. (2017)
b) Bite-sized courses are more focused, learners don’t have to clutter their memories with irrelevant information. This makes retention easier.
c) When bite-sized learning content is easily and readily accessible, learners can take it at their own pace, wherever they are, and most importantly, when they are “ready.”
2. 8 out of 10 L & D professionals favor microlearning because their learners prefer it.
According to the findings of a survey on Learning and Development professionals, a whopping 94% said that they prefer microlearning to traditional time-consuming eLearning courses because their learners prefer it (Boyette, 2012) It has proved to be a successful alternative to long-form eLearning courses as it allows students to digest things quickly, multi-task between assignments and meetings, and finally, retain the subject at hand better as it is a more digestible format altogether.
3. Microlearning creates 50% more engagement Learner disengagement and boredom kill the chances of success in an eLearning program.
According to a report by Software Advice, The LMS Features that Drive Employee Engagement IndustryView, more the 50% of the 385 employees who took part in a survey indicated that they would use their company’s learning tools more if the courses are shorter. Longer courses are not only more challenging to digest and retain but taking them also gets in the way of their daily work.
4. Learning in stretches of 3-7 minutes matches the working memory capacity and attention spans of humans.
The human brain is not wired to maintain focus for hours on end. It learns better when the content is delivered in short bursts with the courses well-spaced out to help cement the learning. Repetition also aids retention. Microlearning is well-suited to this delivery format.
5. Reduce development costs by 50% and increase the speed of development by 300% with micro eLearning courses.
There’s no need to pay for the instructor’s time, buy or rent physical classrooms and pay for the utilities, and spend money on classroom equipment. It is also easier to roll out microlearning courses because they are modular in nature and less time time-consuming to update digital information than reprint training manuals and conduct supplementary classroom training sessions.
It’s time for industries across the board to meet their training needs and also the time to adapt to these changes. Young learners will surely increase their skills with this new learning model (as research also proves it’s effectiveness) and well-trained employees can provide excellent guest experiences and are a competitive advantage in your business.
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