As technology transforms everyone's daily lives, organizations have realized the potential of technology on how we learn and adapt. Microlearning can aid organizations to adjust to this change in a way modern workforce learns. As learners are becoming more informed with full control over when and where they access information, employees also expect the same level of access from training. By using micro content in training courses, learners can easily digest new information and learn at their own pace of time and place, thereby delivering a more personalized experience.
Microlearning is a significant modality to consider when developing an effective training strategy. With a lot of information provided in the training, bite-sized content helps learners to engage with the right kind of information and at the right point of time. Micro content can be used anytime during the entire learning lifecycle- as an isolated piece or to augment a larger piece of training. As learners' progress through learning lifecycle from readiness to discovery and reinforcement, microlearning plays an essential role.
Microlearning is no more a new concept and considered as the next big approach to train workforce. Dividing lengthy information into short bites has existed for a long time, thereby making microlearning a crucial aspect of an organization's training strategy. Today, everyone is familiar with the Forgetting Curve (by Hermann Ebbinghaus) which indicates that people forget almost 80% of what they have learned in 30 days.
Figure: Forgetting Curve
So, microlearning provides an effective solution by flipping the 'Forgetting Curve' to the 'Retention Curve'. This is achieved by providing content nuggets within a learning path to-
Certainly, microlearning is more than a buzz today with increasing number of organizations adopting this approach for formal and informal training. It provides highly engaging experience as it is provided in short pieces and at the point of need. The ease to access micro content across mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones has enabled modern workforce to learn while on the go. Furthermore, rich media formats of micro content ensure improved interaction and retention levels of organizational workforce. Organizations embrace microlearning as it is easy to digest, quick to deploy and can be updated without any hassle.
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