Learning while also working can be a hassle for both employers and employees. Employees are given just 24 minutes a week on average for learning. Workplace training is challenging; many employees get little to no training, and when they do, there are often barriers to joining the training.
How can employers work towards helping their employers have a positive training experience? Learning and development professionals suggest microlearning. In fact, 94% say their learners prefer microlearning to traditional training methods.
What is microlearning?
Made up of nuggets, activities, videos, questions, and nudges, microlearning creates 50% more engagement with content. The courses reinforce and nudge learners for greater retention, which is 80% higher than traditional training methods. Microlearning courses take place in context and as needed via messaging apps, making them accessible to employees anywhere, they are. The content takes about five minutes to complete, allowing participants to work and have free time while also learning important information that helps them improve their skills.
Microlearning has benefits for the organization as well. By utilizing microlearning courses, companies can cut their training costs in half by not having to rent facilities, hire instructors, get classroom equipment, or look for staff to cover training days. Microlearning reduces the time and resources needed to update training materials, and the efficiency of producing new learning courses is increased. In fact, the company’s learning speed is increased by 300% with microlearning.
Many leading nonprofits and 15% of Fortune 500 companies use microlearning for training. Microlearning is message-based, and the courses meet employees where they are for added ease of engagement, with 48% of employees saying they would be likely to access through mobile. Since 95% of individuals respond to a text within three minutes of receiving it and 50% of knowledge workers’ time is spent in messaging apps, microlearning can be a welcome addition to training for many companies.
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