As a trainer, nothing is more dissatisfying than spending months on a learning course only to discover that it failed to engage the target audience and deliver the desired results. Employing “microlearning,” or “microlessons,” may be an effective way to get more from your training content, according to panelists from CMR Institute’s recent LTEN webinar on “Microlearning: How Bite-Sized Nuggets Can Super-Size Your Results.”
One benefit to “going small” is that development time is often shorter, although it still takes time to get the design of microlearning right. Microlessons also may be easier to update—a key benefit given the dynamic nature of the healthcare market. What’s more, microlessons may help you make the most of your training budget. Some research suggests that organizations may be able to cut their development costs in half with microlearning.
And, learners are hungry for smaller portions of the training. “Smaller lessons are more manageable and appetizing to today’s learners who are often overwhelmed, impatient, easily distracted, and have short attention spans,” said Carrie Garrett, director of learning strategy at CMR Institute. “When content is short and entertaining in some way, it keeps the learner’s attention.” Here is a key takeaway from the microlearning webinar that trainers should know.