Have you ever gone to a restaurant that has a 10-page menu? There are so many great choices and it can be incredibly hard to choose. If you’re like me you likely ask the waiter what they recommend. I have even made a bit of a game out of it, asking if they were stuck on a desert island and could only have one meal while stranded there which one would they bring?
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.
AthenaOnline is happy to announce that just added threaded discussions to our content licensing program to create even stronger social learning ties.
Research has shown that asking users to share their experiences increases engagement and learning, helping trigger collaboration among employees. Based on a Brandon Hall Group study 73% of companies expressed their desire to increase their focus on social learning. According to the Association for Talent Development (ATD) social learning approaches have a 75:1 ROI ratio over traditional web-based training. A social approach is specifically appealing to millennials who are likely to relate more to social learning than previous generations.
Athena already offered sharing, recommendations and commenting through our full MyQuickCoach platform and we were finding that people wanted a way to incorporate some of those features into content that is licensed from our microlearning leadership library.
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?
Even when learning is bite-sized, it has to engage the learner to become ‘sticky.’ So what should you be thinking about as you create your own microlearning?
First, consider your audience. Who are they? Where are they? What is the best way to reach them?
Think about your message. What is it you are trying to convey? Does it need to be tracked? Keep your message simple and focused. Microlearning will usually impact short-term memory which research has said can contain 5 to 9 things, though more recent research is pointing at more like 4. Repetition of the message can move it from short-term to long-term memory. So, microlearning is not just about being short, it’s also about being focused.