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Microlearning: How Enterprises Effectively Train Employees

Before Covid-19, employees attended full-day training sessions in a classroom to learn basic business concepts. This past year turned learning on its ear. Training became virtual as businesses pivoted – and we “learned” how to live and work remotely.

With microlearning, enterprise content is broken down into bite-sized pieces. Employees can learn detailed concepts in the shortest amount of time without losing productivity. Since the material is concentrated, it’s easy to understand, digest, and retain.

Microlearning is well-suited to employee training. It gives employees the flexibility and convenience of training or learning any time or anywhere. Some examples of microlearning includes skills like Excel, project management, onboarding of employees, and industry-specific compliance training.

Here are 8 ways enterprise organizations can help employees get the training they need:

Learning flexibility

Because of the modular nature of microlearning, your employees have the flexibility to focus on lessons that matter most to them. Course creators can develop different types of content for each lesson. And different learners learn in different ways. The variety of content options helps learners choose the right training for them. Examples of ways to learn include videos, quizzes, multiple choice questionnaires, games, and more.

Just-in-time learning

Just-in-time learning is an approach to organizational learning and development that promotes need-related training be readily available exactly when and how it is needed by the learner. With access to microlearning and training courses, your employees can be equipped to learn skills and find solutions right when they need them. This style of learning is important for employees who need access to information quickly, such as helpdesk operators or chatbot responders.

High retention rates

Microlearning allows you to interact with information to make it easier to retain. Microlearning improves retention of information in three key ways: courses are accessible on-demand, modules are short, and they are designed to be actionable. And as opposed to classroom training, microlearning can be accessed online, via a web browser, or with a mobile app – at any time and anywhere.

Engage with mobile learners

Research suggests that microcontent delivered by mobile learning can increase information transfer by 17%. Compared to a day-long training session, mobile learning provides a greater comprehension of the material and increases retention of what has been learned.

Mobile learning encompasses a range of teaching techniques, including informative videos, diagrams, infographics, and fun, interactive quizzes that inspire learners. All of the above has been designed to be incredibly user-friendly, and to make it easy for those undergoing training to track their learning. You can imagine how this type of focused mobile learning can minimize interruptions and distractions.

Encourage repetition

Microlearning also encourages repetition. Employees can repeat information and questions in different modules and formats to help cement comprehension and retention. If a learner is struggling with certain content, he or she can review it as many times as needed to help them retain it.

Self-paced learning

In a classroom setting, the training courses are designed to match the average pace of the learners in the room. Using microlearning and training lets fast learners go through content more quickly, while slower learners can take their time and go through the material at their own pace. Learners can be quizzed to make sure they are absorbing and retaining the information they need to do their jobs.

Friendly competition

Most people enjoy playing games – from card games like Old Maid and Blackjack to more sophisticated games such as chess and backgammon. Gamification tactics can be integrated into microlearning training. For instance, learners can earn badges, tokens, or points that make learning more sticky. Your HR department could create a leaderboard to show who has completed their training and how they stand compared to their coworkers.

Consider an enterprise mobile app

At CatalystXL, we want to help you quickly and easily share information and foster collaboration across your entire organization. We can deliver a no code, custom branded enterprise mobile app that unlocks answers and provides insights via our Cardware™ platform — sharing categorized content in a powerful flashcard format. Our mobile platform fosters a community of collaboration, engagement, and connectedness for your employees – both in and out of the office.

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