Technology enables organizations to market to and do business with customers all over the world. But competition is international, as well. Add to this the increasingly rapid pace at which technology is changing, and it is easy to imagine that today’s businesses are under extreme pressure to improve processes, increase productivity, and remain relevant. The constant need to improve processes for survival leaves organizations with precious little time for other pursuits, such as training.
The good news is that some training needs can be met through micro-learning. Micro-learning does not require a large time commitment from participants. It can be used to deliver content in limited, controlled portions, allowing for easier processing of information. Micro-learning can be accomplished in an informal, self-directed learning experience, and it can help to quickly improve knowledge and skills. As workloads continue to increase, micro-learning will become desirable in certain circumstances, because participation requires less time away from work than traditional methods.
- The learning event is short in duration.
- The learning is focused on a short topic or a small portion of a large topic.
- There are many ways the content can be delivered; e.g., via presentation, games, dialog, film, or a brief quiz.
Advantages of micro-learning:
- It allows an individual to swiftly bridge a small divide in knowledge or aptitude.
- Participants are not required to spend excessive amounts of time away from their jobs to take part in the training, so productivity is not lost to hours-long or day-long training.
- Retention is better than with traditional learning.
- It costs significantly less than traditional training.
- Students can quickly learn a new task/skill and immediately apply it to their job.
The need to train employees will not diminish with time. As technology evolves and competition becomes more fierce, companies are likely to find the opposite is true. Unfortunately, today’s business climate affords companies and employees less and less time to devote to training. Micro-learning is one method to meet this challenge.