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Microlearning – Training Your Employees More Effectively

An important thing in every company is employee training if the organization is to continue reaping from its important resource—employees. Nonetheless, employees are always busy with all kinds of duties and clearly always on the move. In such a case, microlearning comes in handy to give each of them easy to learn programs that fit within their daily chores better than most traditional training methods. By ensuring microlearning is non-linear, e-learning content is deconstructed more, which makes it hugely personalized to successfully meet the various needs learners have.

Most people look at microlearning as just training in small bites, which is not farfetched at all; it’s definitely more than that. Consider microlearning as the kind of training that happens as far as possible and as much as it is required. It is much shorter than most normal trainings, but defines the kind of course giving learners all the relevant information they deserve or need as briefly as possible.

Microlearning makes the engagement one of the most effective, ensuring the learner will give the course the deepest and utmost attention required and retaining as much information as possible for a longer time. Nonetheless, it is important to note that automatic employee engagement is not created right away. Having five minutes learning segments could still be as dull and tedious as a 60 minute learning piece. As such, it means various kinds of training are required and can be used in the deconstruction of an e-learning linear curriculum, which is now a very critical complementary microlearning tool.

Through microlearning, training is well broken down where traditional curriculums are deconstructed into easy to consume informational pieces or behaviors that can be consumed with simplicity and ease. As the microlearning is deconstructed into a nonlinear model, the courses are transformed into unique building blocks, easy to individualize a curriculum to meet the specific needs of a learner. Generally, the elearning company you use to train your employees need to note that, while traditional training elements still have a place in the society a learner is more effective if aligned in courses that are not very long.

One of the most overwhelming things is program reconstruction although a business can decide to start small. The important thing is ensuring the critical things of a curriculum have been assessed to know the ones that should be bite sized. If the need be a portion can be rebuilt, a few courses changed within the entire training solution in place. It’s also possible to start coming up with new programs using micro elements.

In the process, you will realize lots of the techniques in use within the microlearning framework, especially to educate fast and draw attention are currently in use within the world of marketing and can be adapted and incorporated into training. The technique enhances the bottom line through the retention of efficiency more so with the development of short content, at the same time ensuring training goals are met.

Microlearning has the effect of ensuring all employees only access the information relevant to them. It means they get the required information easily in a sensible manner and suits their daily duties. At the end they are able to drive engagement, motivation and higher completions.

Remember that the goals and needs of your business have to be well aligned with micro-learning and it’s never late to do so. The curriculum needs to be well broken down to be build up again in a very engaging and personal way for every employee or learner. At the end of the day, it’s all about the course meeting certain needs.


About The Author:
Brig Patten writes in the business and tech spaces. He's a fan of podcasts, bokeh and smooth jazz. His time is mostly spent learning the piano and watching his Golden Retriever Julian chase a stick.

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Bob Gourley writes on enterprise IT. He is a founder of Crucial Point and publisher of CTOvision.com