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  • Writer's pictureNaomi Cotteleer

Micro-what? How to go from information overload to bite-sized learning

On a Monday morning there’s a group of 20 people in the room. They all came to listen to this very interesting speaker who will teach them to upgrade their social media skills. During the day the speaker shares a lot of interesting tips and tricks. All students are actively listening and taking notes. At the end of the day they are driving home and evaluating the day they just had. Overall everybody learned a lot but... they feel very overwhelmed. This excellent speaker shared so much valuable information that it got too much to handle.

When you really think about it, it’s sad that so many important information gets lost because we overwhelm our students with an information overload.

The solution to the problem? Microlearning.

Microlearning approaches learning in a new way. Information is offered in small learning units. Breaking down a big chunk of information into smaller pieces makes it easier for the learner to digest. Offering information in bite-sized pieces makes the transfer of learning 17% more efficient in comparison with traditional classroom trainings.[1]

In our modern time, the attention span of learners in a corporate environment has shortened. We are constantly distracted by e-mail notifications, incoming messages and social media. Besides our shorter attention span, we are frequently stressed out in our work environment. There’s always so much to do and so little time. Taking away employees from their workplace for a whole day feels almost impossible in some branches. Not adjusting the way we train employees to these evolutions would be negligent.

Micro-learning is well adjusted to our way of working and is easy to implement. It only takes a few minutes to watch a bite-sized learning video and the learner can watch it when the time is right. As a bonus point bite-sized learning video’s come in handy when an employee wants to revisit some of the information. Rather than scrolling through pages and pages of text, or re-watching an hour-long training, the learner can choose the specific topic they want to revisit and watch a 2-minute long video that will refresh their memory.

Interested in transforming your content into micro-learnings? Let’s have a strategy meeting! We would be delighted to work out an effective learning path with you.

[1] Journal of Applied Psychology

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