Micro-Learning: 7 Reasons Why Employers Use It
Tilly Grandage
Learning Designer
In this article;
  • Introduction 
  • What is micro-learning?
  • Why do employers use it?
  • How can I use micro-learning in my organisation? 
  • The future with micro-learning 

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 a learner can say ‘micro-learning.’ With so many demands on our time, we can’t catch a break! 

Employees are busier than ever before. No wonder the number one reason cited for employees not engaging in 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. Employees 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 employers training their modern workforce. Read on to find out why!

What is Micro-learning?

Micro-learning, as the name suggests, is learning delivered in tiny segments. Courses are highly-focused, distilling complex ideas into simple concepts. This allows employee training to be completed in mere minutes — making it super convenient! Also, micro-learning courses are typically mobile-enabled and desktop-ready, so they’re an effective way of delivering knowledge to all employees. 

Micro-learning courses use a combination of different media to engage learners. For example, they can use:

  • Text
  • Images
  • Video
  • Audio
  • Pop-quizzes

GoodCourse uses these techniques to make micro-learning courses because they’re a super effective way to share knowledge, capture attention, and ensure learner comprehension. 

If you want to learn more about micro-learning, watch this video:  

Micro-learning’s Problem-Solving Super Powers: Why Do Employers Use It? 

There are plenty of reasons why employers use micro-learning to train employees, but we’ve made things easy for you by compiling our top 7 reasons here: 

  1. Boost Engagement: Micro-learning encourages active employee participation. By breaking content into short, manageable chunks, learners can focus better and absorb more knowledge. Training flies by so effortlessly, you won’t have time to flirt with a nap! 
  1. Make Learning Accessible: Micro-learning courses are perfect for remote learners because you can access them anywhere, at any time. Not only that, but the courses fit flawlessly into the flow of work, ensuring that employee training doesn’t disrupt the workday.  
  1. Retain Knowledge Better: Micro-learning means employees can retain more information. This is because it’s easier for learners to remember small blocks of knowledge than large walls of text — which feels like a no-brainer! In fact, it has been found that the average learner forgets 50% of what they have learned within a day, and 90% of learning within a month. 

This graph shows a visual representation of this forgetting process. It also shows that our memory gets better through review! Micro-learning is also a great way to re-learn topics quickly.

  1. Save Time: Employees can complete micro-learning courses 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 workday without issue. 
  1. Measure Progress: Thanks to how focused micro-learning is, it’s easy to measure learning impact and adjust training as needed. Because it’s possible to get real-time feedback on how your course is performing, you can make informed decisions about future strategies. This way, employers can respond like lightning to new challenges.
  1. Adapt to All Users: Employers can customise micro-learning courses to meet the needs of their employees. This allows learners to focus on the topics that are most relevant. 
  1. Easy Implementation: Micro-learning courses can be quickly deployed to employees, making them ideal for organisations 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. 
How can I use micro-learning in my organisation?

Want to know how you can use micro-learning to train your employees? Here are some ideas!

  • Onboarding: use micro-learning to onboard new employees with welcome videos and FAQs, getting learners up to speed quickly and effectively 
  • Compliance: is your industry highly regulated, or do new laws affect your organisation? Micro-learning can deliver information through engaging videos, or test your employees’ comprehension with easy online assessments
  • Product-knowledge: if you sell or use a specific product and need employees to become overnight experts, micro-learning condenses training into its most important parts — ensuring your employees understand the essentials
  • Soft skills: if you want to upskill your employees but don’t have enough time, then sharing short, educational videos means that training can happen anytime, anywhere 
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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