Microlearning is learning that works!
Microlearning has been around for several years now. In fact, if you have ever watched a short video on YouTube, then you have participated in microlearning! Other examples include following Twitter feeds, gamification and even reading a text message!
Microlearning is many things and its concept is still evolving. But some common characteristics of microlearning include:
- Small learning units
- Short-term learning activities
- Usually part of a larger learning goal
- Informal (takes place when convenient to learner)
- Often conducted while multitasking
- Frequently entertains the learner (“edutainment”)
In general, microlearning typically occurs online and lasts for five minutes or less. The objective is simple: Deliver training in smaller, more digestible chunks to make it easier to reach a broader learning goal.
And it works! Studies show that breaking up learning into smaller segments actually encourages employees to participate in longer, more in depth training later.