Micro-Learning: 7 Reasons Why It Works
Tilly Grandage
Learning Designer

Is a day really 24 hours? Why do we feel like that’s just not true? More often than not, our days flash by faster than you can say ‘micro-learning.’ With so many demands on our time, we just can’t catch a break! 

As employees we are busier than ever before. It’s no wonder the number one reason cited for not engaging with training is that people just don’t have time. Not only that, but traditional learning methods, like in-person workshops and online courses, are lengthy and time-consuming, and — let’s be honest — boring. Workers simply don’t have space in their day. 

With how we work and learn changing so drastically, it could finally be micro-learning’s time to shine. Will 2023 be the year it comes into its own? With packed schedules and shrinking attention spans, micro-learning could be the key to educating the modern workforce. Read on to find out why!

Micro-learning’s Problem-Solving Super Powers:

#1: Boost Engagement

Micro-learning encourages active participation. By breaking content into short, manageable chunks, it’s proven that learners can focus better and absorb more information. Courses fly by so effortlessly, you won’t have time to flirt with a nap! 

#2: Make Learning Accessible

Micro-learning courses are perfect for remote learners because you can access them in any place, at any time. Not only that, but it fits flawlessly into the flow of work, ensuring that training doesn’t disrupt a day.  

#3: Retain Knowledge Better

Micro-learning means learners can retain more information. This is because it’s easier to remember small blocks of information than large walls of text — which feels like a no-brainer! 

#4: Save Time

You can complete micro-learning programmes in a fraction of the time it takes to finish a traditional one. Because busy employees need to learn quickly, micro-learning slots seamlessly into their day without issue. 

#5: Measure Progress

Thanks to how focused micro-learning is, it’s easy to measure learning impact and adjust as needed. Because it’s possible to get real-time feedback on how your programme is performing, you can make informed decisions about future strategies. This way, employers can respond like lightning to new challenges.

#6: Adapt to All Users

Employers can customise micro-learning programmes to meet the needs of their employees. This allows them to focus on the topics that are most relevant to them. 

#7: Easy Implementation

Micro-learning programmes can be quickly deployed, making them ideal for organizations that need to provide training at pace. Magic links sent directly to learners means employees can access courses in a single click — without having to remember their password to clunky old LMS. 

The Future with Micro-Learning

Micro-learning has been around for a while. But considering how society is shifting, it’s a pretty good bet that it’ll only get more important as time goes on. We’re surrounded by short, consumable content — through social media and in our every day lives. Easily digestible learning, that’s both informative and bite-sized, helps education remain engaging and relevant. Not to mention, it’s much easier to remember info when it’s delivered in chunks, rather than having to concentrate on a seemingly endless lecture. 

It’s true that longer forms of learning will remain relevant in certain circumstances. But the flexibility, accessibility, and ease of micro-learning in a time-poor society is such a huge advantage, it’s impossible to ignore!

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