Top 5 Benefits of Microlearning

Updated: Sep 19, 2019

With research showing that nearly 70% of learners prefer to learn on the go, organisations have started to move away from traditional, and often lengthy, eLearning. Instead, they are choosing to adopt microlearning’s innovative approach to development and delivery.

This new approach offers bite-sized learning which comprehensively explores the learning topic in a compact format, helping the learner to quickly achieve their intended goal, delivered in shorter nuggets which can easily be consumed on the go.

So, what are the top 5 benefits of Microlearning?

1. More Efficient

With microlearning content prized for being easily and readily accessible, it’s been proven to be more efficient than the traditional, click-next-to-continue courses as learners can dive in and out of the learning resources, taking each at their own pace. The more compact, focused and targeted approach means the content feels more relevant to the individual and they are swamped with too much unnecessary or irrelevant information which significantly improves retention levels.

2. More Engaging

According to reports, employees would make more use of their organisation’s learning tools if courses were shorter as they find lengthy courses not only disrupt their daily work schedule but makes the information significantly harder to digest. It’s no secret that microlearning content is engaging, often video-led and highly visual, boosting the chances of maintaining learner engagement from start to finish.

3. Faster Development

The combination of low-cost solutions and rapid development times means organisations are adopting microlearning as an integral part of their learning strategies, as it provides the Learning & Development professional with the agility required to meet learner needs at pace.

4. Learn On The Go

Organisations have embraced learning on the go, recognising that an increase in Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) polices not only deliver a cost benefit but also enables L&D departments to increasingly personalise learning for individual employees. In fact, microlearning content can be implemented on any device, including smartphones, tablets and PCs.

5. Improved Return on Investment (ROI)

Listening to both prospects and customers, three substantial problems impacting learner engagement are; learners not having or making enough time for training, a one size fits all policy which doesn’t work across the board and eLearning being dull and feeling irrelevant to a learner’s role. These engagement challenges can have a serious impact on ROI, but with an effective microlearning strategy, can be successful overcome.

When compared to other forms of media, video-based microlearning shows higher recall and retention rates, which leads to a better ROI as the skills and information acquired are actively retained and demonstrable in the workplace. Breaking down the content into small digestible chunks that can be assessed anywhere, at any time, keeps the attention of the learner and subsequent retention of the information learned.

In summary, microlearning has many benefits for organisations who want to revolutionise their learning culture with short, sharp, just-in-time learning that encourages curiosity and enhances learner engagement from top-down.

At Sturdy Learning, we believe that eLearning should reflect the fact that we all learn differently which is why our content is multi-modal, including Module and VideoPlus, so you can find the right format that works best for your organisation.

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