MicroLearning has ushered in a paradigm shift in the world of training delivery. As connectivity and mobility improves through the Internet of Things (IoT) and Mobile Learning (mLearning), the mobile work force is growing stronger. At the end of 2015, the worlds mobile worker population reached 1.3 billion, which is about 37 % of the global work force. To ensure skill upgrades for a scattered workforce, on a regular basis while keeping them engaged, calls for smarter training delivery.
MicroLearning has emerged as the solution for ongoing, anywhere trainings that are captivating and offer imprinting value. It allows for brief learning interventions instead of forcing employees to spend hours, holed up in a classroom. This training delivery invention is an effective way to offer employee training via bite-sized, digestible dozes of content pieces and in regular bursts across couple of days. It is an approach to enhance learning outcomes through short, focused training segments, enabling real-time applicability for employees.
The concept is like a nutritional regimen for performance improvement through employee trainings. A nutritionist would advise a fitness enthusiast to break the day in 5-6 small meals rather than eating 3 big meals a day. The metabolism fires up and aids in improved fitness results. Similarly, MicroLearning breaks a training session into nuggets of information that are easy to absorb, retain and recall. Each MicroLearning session has only a handful of learning outcomes, thus facilitating higher retention.
SpringPeople believes the growing popularity of MicroLearning tackles barriers on multiple fronts. While we do not believe that the eLearning systems were broken, but we are big supporters of efficiency and MicroLearning takes efficacy to a superior level.
The Rising Popularity of MicroLearning
** Employee Engagement**
Did you know that the average attention span of Millennials is just about 90 seconds? Their days are split between work commitments and social distractions. How, then, will a training session that often lasts long hours and even days, keep an employee interested? More importantly, how much will they retain? The simple answer: not much. MicroLearning tackles this challenge by sheer existence. Information offered in 3-7 minute chunks has a higher probability of cognitive retention than traditional learning methods.
Maximum Learning Impact
Imagine an Hadoop Training session that is split into 10 training sessions delivered to employee devices across 10 days with one technical learning objective per session. The trainee definitely gets more time to absorb what is learnt at the same time the trainer can be assured of better learning outcomes. A Wall Street Journal report highlights that 90 per cent of new skills are lost within a year. MicroLearning, in contract, can offer up to 3-5 learning outcomes per session by information distribution and repetition at comfortable periods.
The future is mLearning
With the IoT and mLearning set to take over our worlds, MicroLearning is the only way to keep learners gripped. The mLearning market is growing exponentially and is slated to reach $12.2 billion by 2017 (Ambient Research, 2013). Mobile devices offer the freedom to connect and MicroLearning makes them the learning portals for all.
Digital Skills Gap is Real and Not Shrinking
While technological frontiers are expanding, the digital skills gap is increasing. Employee skills just cannot play catch up. In US alone, over 1.3 trillion dollars are lost in productivity each year. Lengthy training sessions will not suffice anymore. We need crisp, to the point training sessions and MicroLearning is the way to go.
Though MicroLearning offers a supportive solution to training challenges, SpringPeople believes that this new approach is not yet ready to replace eLearning completely. It will, however, definitely set the tone for more employee focused trainings. SpringPeople has already incorporated MicroLearning as much as feasible and is well ahead of competitors in the market. All our courses average between 2-4 hours with sufficient breaks to grasp the concepts and refresh before the next session.