How Does Microlearning Contributes to Corporate Learning?
- October 29, 2020
- Posted by: E-education365 Team
- Category: Learning
Digital technology enables the delivery of micro “lessons” (called microlearning) in the workplace in the form of small relevant events. The ubiquity of on-the-job training offers many benefits. This article will analyze these aspects by providing conceptual scenarios for implementing microlearning training. Let’s look at the possible future of learning and business development.
Real-Time Learning – learning in Real-time
We are aware of the many current theories and methodologies regarding training, but increasingly we feel the importance of informal learning. Real-Time Learning provides just-in-time information, exactly when the user needs it, very often outside the classroom. Information is presented in small, self-contained units to rapidly support knowledge.
Knowledge is Accessible on a Needed Time
This concept allows the study of contents divided into small learning units in a working context, adapted to the specific user. Users can access training in the middle of the work process; the contents, therefore, adapt to the context and the problem that the worker has to solve. We think of those who work on a construction site and need to access the spot information from a previously administered training.
With microlearning, the worker will be able to access that specific piece of information, from their smartphone, without necessarily having to access the computers of the company study room. Later, if a user is confronted with the same problem again, the content can easily be consulted again, until it is learned thoroughly.
A Learning With Practical and Real-Time Knowledge
The contents of the microlearning training are designed to allow them to be easily understood and assimilated in a short time by the workers. The course, in this case, helps to solve a current problem, as it enables operational excellence, improves efficiency, and helps reduce costs. It also enables self-learning, gives a feeling of success, and strengthens motivation for further work and training activities.
In a way, it empowers and therefore is a new perspective on learning processes in mediated environments. Microlearning is increasingly spreading in the eLearning field, they are examples of microlearning: explanations with short texts or video sequences, images and explanatory screens, web-based training. Also learning apps, quizzes, and games that are commonly used on mobile devices (such as smartphones and tablets) can be considered a kind of microlearning content.
Digital Tools Implementation for Quick Help
Digital solutions can work simultaneously with multiple platforms and applications or they can also be available offline. For example, if a process involves calling a customer, a digital tool will remind the employee to do so at the appropriate time. Another advantage of digital systems is that users can interact directly with the help desk within the software. Users simply need to click on “Help”, share with the assistance the screenshot of the screen where they got stuck and get the information, they need to solve their problem, greatly improving the Help Desk’s troubleshooting efficiency.
It is also possible to implement tools that allow the sharing of training among colleagues and allow employees to give advice, share experiences, respond to requests for help from their peers so that everyone can benefit from their knowledge. The help received from other students has the effect of reducing the number of internal assistance and increasing the satisfaction and confidence of employees in the management of software and business processes.
Adapting Microlearning to Your Business Environment
Microlearning helps to enhance students’ knowledge, moving from a “push” to a “pull” learning model. Employees can benefit from microlearning by accessing relevant information on request to resolve urgent matters. Microlearning, as a different form of knowledge acquisition, can be performed using digital technologies for its distribution, becoming an important aspect of student motivation and learning outcomes.
Eliminates Unnecessary Texts
Within a digital environment, microlearning can support cognitive learning by reducing rhetoric and unnecessary text, by providing only targeted (job-specific) content. We know that microlearning, like a pedagogy, uses technological support to make the learner work less on training, and is based on the execution of frequent spatial repetitions (frequently reviewing training materials, on-the-job applications, etc.).
Using digital technology, we are able to provide small learning when needed to quickly close skills and knowledge gaps. It appears to be an ideal educational approach for many situations because information changes rapidly and new intelligent technologies can provide updated information on demand. This helps make learning easier for staff, as using current information, especially rapidly changing information, uses micro-content as the basis for building knowledge.
According to several studies, employees assimilate up to 80% of their knowledge in the workplace and through other informal channels (social learning, mentoring, coaching, etc.). Implementing the technology to deliver this approach could benefit the business education and development function, which leverages these contemporary eLearning techniques by considering the pedagogy (as a teaching method), technology, and change management issues involved.