In With the New: MicroLearning

It’s time for a change in the way employees are trained. The truth is: traditional training models are ineffective to prepare employees for the job. This is because the tools themselves were made poorly leading to a bad learning experience, thus the employee retains very little of what they learned. On average, it takes 7 clicks to access information in a learning management system. After three of those clicks, learners perceive a 50% increase in difficulty. This is because they are not satisfied with their current management system which means a longer time for them to adjust to their new workflow. From a management perspective, while traditional methods seem simple to put together, their inefficiency leads to wasted resources. A small, one-time, in-person event can cost upwards of $40,000 with unpredictable degrees of success. Furthermore, if said training is not enforced, employees forget 50 to 80% of what they have learned. A new form of training is needed to save time and money in the workforce. Introducing: Microlearning!

Microlearning is a science-backed method of learning and retention in training employees that is effective and resource-efficient. Instead of just the computer, Microlearning is compatible using both desktops and phones. It works by breaking down the aspects of a job is to segments called “nuggets.” These nuggets address a single objective to build mastery for a specific role. To foster engagement there are brief readings and/or written responses to maintain focus and attention. There are also videos that present information with kinetic text, motion graphics, or animation to bring the point across in a digestible manner. After listening and/or watching the info, learners are tested on what they learned and are able to track their progress over time. Lastly, they get push notifications called “nudges” to encourage learners to apply what they have learned at report back. Studies show that microlearning has increased learning retention by 80%.

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