Microlearning allows learners to absorb information based on what is required at a particular time, meaning courses are broken down into consumable pieces of information.
Microlearning has a number of advantages when compared to traditional learning for organisations that are looking for increased learner participation, memorability of courses, and so on.
- Better Engagement and Retention
Microlearning allows content to be delivered in short “bursts”, therefore enhancing knowledge retention. This engages learners more effectively as the microlearning is targeted for a specific learning objective, making its duration shorter. Thus, learners don’t feel bored or fatigued as they may do while working through longer courses, as microlearning content is around 5 to 10 minutes long. It allows them to quickly understand the concept, so they don’t feel rushed or bored, meaning they complete the course faster.
2. Faster development
Because knowledge transfer is more efficient in a microlearning model, the overall duration of training can often be reduced, saving organisations time and effort and ultimately getting the job done faster. When content is produced in small quantities as opposed to a major course, the production cost is also minimal. Microlearning courses are faster to develop and deploy, and so they fulfill the needs of the organisation to train their staff much more quickly without investing a lot of time into developing longer training modules.
3. It’s conveniently mobile friendly
Since the courses and modules are broken into bite-sized pieces, the learners can look up courses on-the-go. Being able to access microlearning in daily life, to and from work is a popular way in which many people use their free time to continue learning. Microlearning can be implemented on any device, be it a computer, tablet, or a smartphone, meaning modules can be worked through in learner’s own time for example when at home or even over a lunchtime coffee break. Because the courses are short, they can be very easily accessed on a smartphone or device. Mobile learning offers convenience and flexibility to learners, providing a variety of interactive activities for learners on the go. Having the option to complete training on personal mobile devices can increase willingness to engage with the learning experience.
These are just some of the many benefits of using microlearning to improve learner experience.