AthenaOnline has been talking about the benefits of microlearning for almost 20 years. In the last few years, however, the idea of bite-sized learning has taken off like wildfire. Perhaps it is a due to rapid delivery and deployment. Maybe it is the lack of time available to training and development in organizations. According to research done by Bersin by Deloitte employees can only devote 4.8 minutes per day to development, so 5-minute lessons make a lot of sense.
Microlearning may be the buzzword of today but it’s not a new concept. We’ve been hearing about microlearning for quite some time but it has attracted a lot more attention in recent years and continues to increase in popularity. In fact, over the past few years we’ve consistently seen it in top training and development trends.
Since its inception micro learning has improved eLearning success rates in many organizations. As the originator of enterprise micro learning, AthenaOnline has been watching some of the micro learning trends over the last 18 years. So, what are some of the ways that new type of bite-sized learning is being used to enhance existing strategies?
Over the years my learning career has traversed both classroom and online learning. As one of the forerunners of e-learning Athena has created CD-based courses that ran for 4 hours and online courses that took an hour to complete. These types of learning interactions are now referred to as macro-learning. With our MyQuickCoach platform we pioneered microlearning and m-learning, before anyone had coined the terms.
Since I have worked delivering various kinds of learning content people have sometimes asked me “what is the best length for a learning event?” I think the character of Ant-Man from the Marvel comics and the later films might offer a perfect analogy.
It was a few days before Halloween and the big fat jack-o-lantern had been perfectly sculptured for its final resting place on the front porch. My three granddaughters were finally old enough to be trusted with a dull paring knife to assist in the sculpting. All the pumpkin needed was a candle inside. As soon as it was dark, we tested the luminary effect in preparation for trick or treat. When the match lit the candle, my ten year-old-granddaughter exclaimed, “It’s alive!” The eight-year-old added, “It’s magical.” To a elementary school age girl, practically everything involving candles is magical! It had been illumined!