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MicroLearning Might Be the Solution to Jazz Up Your Learning Program

by Jennifer Budinsky | Dec 5, 2017 4:00:18 AM | Learning & Development

Many learning and development leaders are struggling to find ways to keep their learners engaged in their learning programs.  One of the top reasons learning and development opportunities are boring and not motivating for employees are that they are too long and don’t emphasize taking action.  That’s where microLearning comes in to help jazz up your learning program!

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Microlearning is essentially a method of teaching and delivering content in small, specific doses. In this type of learning, the learner is in better control of when and what they are learning.  Read more about if MicroLearning is a Good Fit for your Organization here.

MicroLearning has been shown to produce results in every industry, on every continent.  It’s key features are that it is:

  • layered in over-time,
  • short and succinct, and
  • delivers only the necessary content or competencies.

Another one of the top reasons learners feel bored and unmotivated when it comes to learning, is that there is a disconnect between the learning and what is in it for them.

For learning and development to be motivating and engaging for your employees, you must be able to show the bridge between where they are now, where they want to be, and how the learning will help them achieve that.   Even if the content is good or helpful it will NOT produce sustainable change or results if the delivery fails to engage the learner.  Read more about why action planning is the Key for Successful Learning here.

GES’s Layered Learning program is MicroLearning taken a step further to focus on action planning, reinforcement and accountability.  See more about the design of our learning programs here. 

What to Look for in a MicroLearning Program

Learning providers face the challenge of delivering learning in a way that is accessible, digestible and most importantly translatable to a real-world environment.

Some of the things to look for when searching for a MicroLearning program include:

On Demand/Mobile.  Your talent is busy. They want their learning, when they want it -- in-time and on-demand.  MicroLearning adds the element of time convenience in a high-tech, yet interactive environment that so many people desire.  MicroLearning programs deliver a whole new set of competencies to their toolkit, virtually seamlessly with mobile, in-time learning capabilities.

Digestible Content. With traditional learning, organizations often try to give learners as much as they can, as fast as they can, often taking them off of the job for training.  With MicroLearning, learners are given shorter lessons, which are easier for them to complete with busy schedules.  Plus, learners are enabled to produce massive change without it feeling cumbersome or burdensome by receiving content and competencies in small, digestible doses.

Repetition. Repetition allows for increased retention because the learner isn’t getting too much information too fast.  By utilizing MicroLearning, your organization can provide a clear and consistent message to all employees across the organization, repeated and reinforced, so it becomes embedded in your company culture.

For more information on how to begin implementing a MicroLearning program in your organization, set up a 15-minute discovery call or demo of our learning programs here.

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Jennifer Budinsky is the Director, Marketing Communications for Global Engagement Solutions whose mission is to help companies create engaging employee and customer experiences. Prior to joining GES Jennifer was the Communications and Marketing Manager at Green Living Enterprises, Canada’s leading cause marketing and event agency focused on social and environmental program development. She has a Master of Arts in Communication and Social Justice, and Bachelor of Arts Honours in Communication, Media and Film from the University of Windsor. She resides in Toronto, Ontario and spends her free time working as an actress on various television and film projects there. Jennifer is an ambassador for encouraging people to create exceptional experiences in every aspect of their lives, from work to home to play!