Micro-learning: the Future of Corporate Learning

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Micro-learning: the Future of Corporate LearningPermanent connectivity

How do you read the news? How do you learn a new language? If you’re like many of today’s professionals, you may be engaging in these activities and other learning activities on-the-go in short bursts through images, text and video from social media. It was not always so. Magazines, books, newspapers, printed matter and tedious formats were the norm. What happened?

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has changed the way we consume content, creating a paradigm shift in communication. Reading bite-sized news is quicker. We search for immediate solutions or answers through wikis, videos and forum posts via mobile internet. Visitors to websites decide almost instantly if content is relevant or interesting. The level of depth we emerge ourselves in content has diminished as the diversity of available information has grown.

Our spheres of work have not escaped this influence. Employees are almost permanently connected. Likewise, employees’ expectations on content and content delivery have changed with this permanent connectivity.

Employers, take stock of ICT advances

Employers that don’t adapt and learn to benefit from this way of life will fall behind, as companies that adapt their training and learning practices to conditions born out of ICT will learn to innovate methods that are more efficient.

Why is an adjustment necessary?

Millennials or today’s emerging professionals have grown up with devices such as smart phones. They are experiencing informal learning on the go through connected mobile devices, through chunks of text and short videos called micro content in multiple formats such as video, infographics and animation. Micro content can be delivered with mobility, immediacy and simplicity to easily satisfy expectations and appetites. It is the new norm.

Micro-learning becomes the standard

Adapting this micro content consumption for corporate training and education is known as micro-learning. It may just be the future of learning in organizations. Micro-learning has two main components: just-in-time and bite-sized. Here are reasons why micro-learning is preferred and why you should be paying attention to the eLearning trend:

  • The whole point of micro-learning is flexibility, allowing self-management of time for the employee while allowing the employer immediate delivery and dissemination of content. Today’s learners and employees demand flexibility—one of the demands born out of permanent connectivity. Flexibility is the ability to consuming content anytime and anywhere in bite-sized portions or chunks like graphics or videos and that are less than 15 minutes long.
  • Knowledge and updates are mobile friendly, delivered through synchronous and asynchronous communication channels. Thus Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) becomes a cost-efficient asset for employers, allowing employers to save on traditional training costs such as physical resources (e.g. paper), trainers and venues. With mobility, training also becomes ubiquitous, allowing the employee to access and re-access content outside of work.
  • With flexibility, content is immediate and well-curated. Information is essential or presented in a clear straightforward and easily digestible manner. Thus superfluous information that may be present in an hour-long seminar is done away with. Modules are crafted in a way where learners or employees can cherry pick what is essential knowledge for them. Meanwhile, updates to new training, regulations, policies and processes can be uploaded and consumed immediately.
  • Micro-learning allows for the integration of other advantageous ICT features such as interactivity with games and quizzes and gamification with reward badges for accomplishments. These techniques bring with them their own advantages, but the basic benefit is more interesting content that results in higher participation as well as absorption of knowledge and skills.
  • The cost of development of modules of micro-content is cheaper than training sessions, workshops and printed manuals.

In short, what micro-learning presents is a more cost-effective, more efficient and more effective method of learning. It takes into account how employees’ permanently connected brains are already learning; focusing for short periods of time, absorbing quickly and moving on to the next bit of content.

To learn about effective learning methods for your organization and school and trends in 20th century learning, call +63 2 7750632 or visit www.km.adec-innovations.com.