As microlearning-based training moves to center stage, I outline what is driving its rapid adoption. In this article, I also share microlearning trends in 2019, and how you can leverage them to boost employee performance.
Microlearning consists of short, bite-sized learning nuggets. Although short in run length (between 2-5 mins and, typically, not exceeding 7 mins), each nugget is action-oriented and is designed to meet a specific learning outcome.
In the last couple of years, microlearning has moved from being a player on the side to center stage and for good reasons.
In a world that is full of distractions and diminishing attention spans, it is critical to have sharp, focused learning nuggets. Only then do you get the learners’ attention, and they invest in completing it. This is precisely what microlearning-based training delivers.
Learners love microlearning-based training as:
L&D teams see value in microlearning on account of:
Based on our long experience in developing Microlearning based training, and what we see in the near future, here is my view of microlearning trends in 2019.
Microlearning will be used for a wider spectrum of corporate training, specifically for:
Microlearning will leverage mobile learning further—particularly, apps for learning: Building on the wider adoption of mobile learning in organizations, it will be the mode L&D teams would prefer for varied corporate trainings.
It will leverage particularly on formats like mobile apps for learning where a personalized learning path with microlearning nuggets can be offered to learners. This approach can be used to provide both formal training as well as just-in-time learning aids within the learners’ workflow.
Microlearning will use personalization techniques to offer highly customized and relevant learning to each learner.
Microlearning will capitalize on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and analytics to offer support and personalized learning paths. Furthermore, its capability to offer recommendations to learners will ensure that they come back for more even after completing the prescribed training.
Microlearning will continue to use video-based learning as a significant design strategy. However, it will see an increase in the NextGen format, that is, interactive video-based learning.
Microlearning will be used in formal training in conjunction with successful, engaging, and immersive strategies like:
Microlearning will be used extensively in content curation to provide “learning as a continuum”. This will help organizations create a better learning culture and facilitate informal learning.
Microlearning formats will also help in promoting collaborative or social learning.
Microlearning will continue to the preferred format to offer just-in-time training (Performance Support Tools or job aids).
Here, most of the established formats will continue. These include the popular and effective ones like:
Microlearning will support ILT trainings and VILT trainings by providing online resources:
Microlearning-based training is no more a buzz. It is a technique that has transformed the online training format and is here to stay.
NOTE: The usage of microlearning does not mark the demise of macrolearning or what is termed as traditional eLearning format. For instance,
On the other hand, there would be a rapid adoption in programs like:
I hope this article throws light on the possibilities of using microlearning in 2019 as a significant part of your online training delivery or to support your Instructor-Led Training.
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