3 Major Advantages of Microlearning Training Courses

Posted on 2 May 2017 |

3 major advantages of microlearning training coursesYou're not imagining it. Your students’ attention spans are dwindling.

At least, that's the claim being made by Microsoft. According to research performed by the technology giant, the human attention span has shrunk so much that it is now less than that of a goldfish. Of course, if that is true, there is a frightening possibility that your attention span is shrinking as well.

Training experts have also recognized this trend. According to a 2014 survey of learning professionals, 94 percent of respondents claimed that e-learners preferred short-form modules -- courses lasting 10 minutes or less. And 65 percent of those surveyed claimed that the typical eLearning module presented too much information at one time, often overwhelming the learner.

In response, training professionals and American campuses have begun embracing microlearning courses -- short, 30-second to one-minute-long trainings that focus on a  single topic. This shorter format offers a number of distinct advantages.

What Are the Benefits to Learners?

Just-in-time

Your faculty will likely be able to remember the policies and procedures that relate to their daily activities. However, the rules surrounding an action performed less frequently -- say once a semester -- may not be something that they readily remember.

Thankfully, microlearning-based courses are ideal for just-in-time training delivery. These nuggets of learning can be distributed precisely at the moment when information needs to be learned, and the training is frequently available on demand, allowing the learner to determine when it is consumed.

With on-demand training, your faculty and staff can quickly locate and review the relevant information for a unique event without sifting through entire manuals or scanning through hours of educational videos.

Hacking your memory

According to the "forgetting curve" theorized by Hermann Ebbinghaus, human beings have a tendency to forget 80 percent of what they have learned in the past 30 days. Microlearning courses, in turn, can be dosed out in regular intervals to help the new information "stick."

Similarly, Information Process Theory, which was pioneered by George A. Miller, claims that people are more likely to retain information when it is doled out to them in manageable "chunks" rather than in a steady stream. These chunks of information then move more smoothly through the learner's short-term memory, then their long-term memory, and finally at recall.

Accessibility

Microlearning courses work very well with mobile consumption. And according to the 2015-2016 Industry Benchmark Report produced by Towards Maturity CIC, 67 percent of eLearning students are accessing their courses via mobile devices. And those numbers skew higher, the younger the target audience.

These shorter courses also provide the learner with the freedom to consume the training while traveling or when they have a period of downtime away from their desks.

What Are the Benefits to Your Campus?

Given their shorter length, microlearning courses are typically more cost effective and easier to produce than larger training courses. In addition, the component-like nature of these educational modules makes it easier to update or modify training as processes and rules change over time.

The shorter course length and interactive nature of the training also routinely yields increased engagement from learners. Weekly games or quizzes are techniques that are regularly used to draw in the interest of learners while conveying important information.

Conclusion

With more manageable training sessions, you can net improved engagement from both students and faculty. Whether communicating the dangers of alcohol abuse to impressionable teens or encouraging sound data security practices among staff, microlearning-based courses offer a quick and efficient alternative to more traditional training efforts.

To find out more about microlearning courses and how you can incorporate them into your faculty and student training programs, request a demo of our services.

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