What is Microlearning? Why You Need it in 2021 Blog Feature

What is Microlearning? Why You Need it in 2021

“Hey Google, who played Batman first?”

This moment doesn’t only show that Google would win on Jeopardy by saying, Lewis Watson. It also shows the power of microlearning.

Microlearning is a learning module between a few seconds up to 15 minutes.

For such a trendy word, it’s a very simple eLearning approach. But it gets big results.

Of course, anyone that has designed microlearning will tell you it’s difficult to explain concepts in 2-10 minute chunks. And, sadly, microlearning isn’t just chopping bigger courses into smaller bits.

What is a Microlearning Module?  

A microlearning module is at heart a piece of online training. You’re still meeting a business goal. You’re still giving people learning objectives. You’re still presenting the information. And, depending on your program, your learners still need feedback.

Microlearning can be designed in two ways:

1) You’re developing a full-course.

Your learners will move through the topic via small, bite-sized pieces of information. Ideally, an adaptive learning platform will generate personalized learning pathways. There is one important difference though — Microlearning modules focus on 1 learning objective.

2) Your learners need a just-in-time module to complete a task.

These microlearning modules need to be stand-alone. This method often works best for procedural skills. Maybe you want to train your extended enterprise on new software. Microlearning walkthroughs might be the answer. These types of modules often don’t need assessments. Learners usually discover for themselves when the software doesn’t work.

🔎Learn more about why enterprises should embrace microlearning in Aragon Research’s “Globe for Corporate Learning Report.” BenchPrep was named an Innovator.

How to Combat Microlearning’s Biggest Disadvantage

Microlearning’s biggest disadvantage is that it can lead to a scattergun approach. You might end up with too much information or contradictory information. Sometimes this happens if too many people develop the material or if you crowdsource it.  

Luckily, there’s a simple fix — keep your eye on the business goal.

If you keep your eye on the business goal, then you’ll know if you’re developing useful microlearning. The chart below will give you some ideas on how to tie your microlearning content to a business goal.


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Why You need Microlearning in 2021

The global pandemic accelerated many digital trends. The Harvard Business Review suggested we’ll see increasing automation, changing skill sets, and the rise of digital platforms.

These trends alone point to the need to embrace microlearning.

You’ll need just-in-time modules to train people on disruptive technologies like automation. And, workforces need to upskill and reskill now more than ever.

For training companies, it presents an opportunity to help people reskill. But, the modern learner is busy. They need on-demand training options to fit their busy lives. They need a modern learning management system (LMS).

At BenchPrep, we’ve been focusing on microlearning as a best practice for years. Our Learning and Design Team can help you convert your in-person training to engaging microlearning modules. Then, we’ll run it through our Learning Engine Optimization (LEO) to make it adaptive. You’ll also have access to baked-in gamification to make it even more engaging.

Are you ready to upskill your clients? Are you ready to embrace microlearning?

Find out more about the research behind our microlearning platform, BenchPrep Engage, by downloading our ebook, “Dreaming of Recurring Revenue? Engage Learners Continuously.”

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