The days of multi-day courses are over (I should know as I’ve taught plenty of them). One of the courses I used to teach was a week long; this was followed up a month later by a second full week. This entire course has been replaced by an eight-module online programme, accessible anytime, anywhere and on any device. Why this change to microlearning? Because it suits the customer’s needs and it suits the trainee’s changing lifestyles.
These days, we have shorter attention spans and busy lives, so microlearning has come into its own. Small, bite-sized chunks of information delivered at a time to suit the learner’s needs are the way to go.
I have always loved learning, I thrive on it, I’ve built businesses around it, and I am always keen to learn new professional and personal skills. Some of my own best learning recently came from a short webinar I participated in from my iPhone while sitting on a pool lounger in Fiji. These days, most of my learning happens via headphones and a mobile device. I embrace microlearning while I’m waiting in airports, or travelling in taxis from gig to gig. In the age of connectivity and accessibility, we can learn anywhere and anytime.
Here are five benefits of microlearning.
- Learn what you need just as you need it – If a person were suddenly made redundant, they would become more acutely aware of a need to upskill on how to write a smacking CV or apply for a new job. Whereas in the weeks or months prior this may not have been on their radar.
- Learn when the time is right for you – I am a night owl, whereas you may be a lark. I know that I learn better at night, while you may learn best in the early hours. Microlearning is often facilitated as part of an online course, so you can choose when you take it.
- You can choose your microlearning tools – If I’m travelling, I use my iPhone as my device of choice. I plug in my headphones, watch the screen and pow I’m away. Or, if I’m at home, I may cast whatever I’m watching to my smart TV. Ted Tals are always better on the big screen!
- Microlearning cuts costs – The costs of venues and the logistics of travel are becoming increasingly prohibitive these days. So, learning from the office chair or the armchair is a good way for busy professionals and small, medium or large businesses to cut costs!
- A boon for busy brains – The chunking nature of microlearning means it’s easy to avoid overload. When there’s too much information to process it’s easy to feel bamboozled. Microlearning offers the ability to fill learning gaps without feeling overwhelmed.
I’m so convinced that microlearning is a valuable learning method, I’ve started an online school that offers learning resources from numerous subject matter experts. It’s a smorgasbord of learning to help business owners and the self-employed, business professionals & graduates and school leavers. Discover it HERE. Or contact me for more information.