Traditional learning and development initiatives managed by a Learning Management System (LMS) are invaluable to an organization when it comes to assessing and arming your team with knowledge. However, the growing popularity of microlearning has left L&D departments thinking twice about their L&D mix and where microlearning fits in.
Best-practice microlearning is a method of continuous training that breaks complex training content into digestible pieces. When this is repeated over time, microlearning can increase knowledge retention and proficiency in ways that “one and done” training methods don’t.
You may have heard the term ‘microlearning’ and thought that anything teaching in ‘micro’ amounts on information at a time could never replace the benefits of other learning formats, especially in knowledge-intensive fields. But the reality is that microlearning, your LMS and traditional training methods should be viewed as a learning ecosystem, not as mutually exclusive investments. Each has their own value and outcomes, but are maximized best with a seamless approach.
Microlearning as an extension of your organization’s existing L&D programs can be the winning combination for improving proficiency against performance goals, giving your team the best chance at success. Here are a few reasons why:
It identifies gaps where more extensive training is needed.
It’s part of L&D’s role to identify performance and knowledge gaps among employees and respond to that. Gaps can be challenging to identify, let alone address, without the right methodology and technology support. By identifying exact proficiency levels before, during and after first-presentation training, managers and L&D teams have data-backed intel to inform precision training and coaching for individuals and teams. This allows more time to reduce proficiency gaps and less time identifying the gaps themselves.
Spaced reinforcement improves knowledge retention and retrieval.
The forgetting curve is the boogeyman of learning and development, but best-practice microlearning can help chase it away. Studies show that in as little as 30 days, 79 percent of knowledge is forgotten. When the “spacing effect” is incorporated through microlearning that percentage reduces because constant reinforcement of information keeps knowledge fresh in the minds of your employees. It’s just how the brain works, and has been proven by science over and over again.
Bite-sized training in the flow of work limits disruptions and improves engagement.
Length training modules or recorded video scenarios and presentations can be effective to start, but can be highly disruptive to the workday. Not only that, individuals are expected to ‘learn by doing’, and have a multitude of tasks to get through each day. It is no surprise that training is often seen to get in the way or is deprioritized, especially for more tenured employees. Imagine a scenario where your learners only have to answer a few questions a day to improve their proficiency, can engage with teammates online during the course and can get real-time feedback on where they are doing well and where there are areas for improvement. That is a lot of benefit in training just minutes-a-day leaving more time available to do their actual job.
It preserves, enhances and, complements your existing L&D investments.
Traditional learning and development initiatives are invaluable to an organization when it comes to assessing and arming your team with knowledge. But with the addition of best-practice microlearning, the L&D department can become even more effective in enabling teams to excel, and do it faster. Not only that, valuable proficiency data provides a measure of training effectiveness and the insights to guides further training and enablement programs.
Preparing your employees to be agile, responsive and compliant is essential to the success of a company. Pairing L&D initiatives with best practice microlearning is the perfect alliance to make that a reality…and at scale. If you’d like to learn more about enhancing your L&D strategy with best-practice microlearning we invite you to register for our upcoming webcast Microlearning: 5 Techniques to Improve Job Proficiency and Prove ROI on Training Investments.