Let us train your learners in their coffee breaks.
Updated: Aug 7, 2019
There are numerous ways to deliver the training. Now its important to know, which could be the best way to help your learners in knowledge retention. I believe you will agree with me that delivering training in an eLearning mode is just the beginning but when it comes to evaluate what learners can recall for a longer period of time. Just to evaluate this, we did this experiment with few of our clients. We build few e-learning modules focussed around the key objectives which our client wanted to achieve. We assigned theses courses to two groups.
· Group A: Only eLearning modules with quizzes & assessments as a part of the course.
· Group B: E-learning and Info graphics along with few microlearning videos to support as post training.
Now after 6 months we did a survey with both groups and identified that Group B was much effective and knowledgeable in comparison to Group A. We interviewed them and our key findings were:
Group A has never reattempted that course in last 6 months. If they stuck, they simply tried to connect in team to know the answer. Sometimes they got the answer or sometimes they didn’t get the answer.
Whereas Group B used to refer those microlearning modules and infographics in their daily activities at the time of any confusion at their end. Due to reviewing these post training support materials every time. They retained the knowledge for more period.
The microlearning method makes use of short and to the point cases of learning to drive employee development and job performance, based on a topic or problem. Microlearning is suitable when a learner aims to do something specific or requires a piece or snippet of knowledge. The method is centered around the theory that short, repetitive learning increases long-term retention. It actually affects processing in the cognitive skills learning system. Basic microlearning techniques actually target at working memory of brain and its attention span. Repeated practice allows people to retain more knowledge with each repetition.
Therefore, after this experiment we solidified our point that eLearning should always planned with some post training materials to help learners to increase the knowledge retention. Now, when we are living in this digital learning era, everyone wants to have everything on the smart devices for ease access in just in time as they demand that they deliver in lightning speed. This rapid demand is actually the result of decreasing of human attention span by 4 seconds since 2000 (Microsoft study says).
Even these microlearning modules have been always the interest of learners. As they want to avoid those long training sessions, workshops and huge manuals to read as outdated way. They want information in bite sized chunks and they can access and engage at their own space and time. They want all this in their own control.
Let me conclude it, we should always evaluate how our learners get their information outside the work culture. They watch videos, through YouTube, Instagram or Facebook kind of platforms or emails many times in a day. They receive everything so quickly, and in small bite size pieces. You as a organisation should reap the benefit of this by delivering information in microlearning ways. As you will find that developing these micro learning modules is always cheaper than other ways and even easy ton update.
Yes, one thing is sure every training cannot be done through microlearning so before jumping to this solution, we should do homework to identify the topics, internal discussion with SME’s and your instructional designers.
Let’s connect if you have anything in your mind and discuss synergies.