Microlearning is the future of workplace training, with 94% of professionals saying that their learners prefer it over traditional methods. This new development in training stems from the slew of challenges that the current popular forms of workplace training present. On average, employees are given just 24 minutes per week for learning. In fact, many employees actually get no training, and 59% of them are entirely self-taught. Even when training is offered, there are several barriers to joining, rendering the traditional training models ineffective.
The current tools create a poor experience for learners. In the current state, it is difficult, time consuming, confusing, and costly to offer personal training models to employees. In fact, a small, one-time, in-person training event can cost $40,000 to run. It is for these reasons and more that microlearning has moved into the spotlight.
Microlearning works through a series of bite-sized training activities that are distributed to the learner throughout the day. This allows for the training to be more personalized, cost effective, and easier to fit into a busy schedule. The generated results are tracked through behavior, as microlearning courses take place in-context and on an as-needed basis. Employers are able to easily track the effectiveness of these courses and adjust as needed.
Microlearning has been found to be 17% more effective than traditional training. It is easily and readily available, always relevant, and is focused on the task at hand to promote better engagement and retention. Used now by 15% of Fortune 500 companies and many leading nonprofits, microlearning is the future of workplace training.