Did you know that by 2025, Millennials will make up 75% of the workforce? This generation is leading the way in demanding learning that is intuitive, relevant, and timely. In today’s multi-generational workplace, it can be difficult to find a one-size-fits-all approach to learning that holds the attention of this younger audience. Whereas we have been more comfortable with traditional training methods, such as classroom workshops and training documents, today we demand delivery of information at lightning speed. It is no surprise that this need for fast information carries over into the workplace. Enter the growing trend of Microlearning. More and more employers are recognizing that mobile technology can meet their younger employees’ needs, and Microlearning can be a cheaper, more efficient, and ultimately more effective alternative to traditional training methods.
What exactly is Microlearning?
Microlearning could entail a learner watching a tutorial on YouTube or reading a one to two-page educational article. Basically, any type of learning that takes place in succinct, sharp bursts and is therefore easily digestible may be considered microlearning. Today, it is more important than ever to use time efficiently. Gaining information when and where the need arises is critical. This is why Microlearning is the future of training, in the sense that it is integrated into the job and the work environment and ensures more efficient absorption of training materials. Microlearning works for every generation of employee, but it’s especially useful for the growing Millennial workforce. Here’s why:
Succinct content speaks to our workforce today.
Learners desire short, bite-sized material that they can engage with on their own time. They are used to focusing for short periods, absorbing the information, and moving on to the next task or message or call. Millennials are not against training—they just want more control about how and when they interact with it.
Microlearning is best presented as mobile learning.
Did you know Millennials spend one day a week on their phone? Microlearning on their favorite devices seems a natural progression. Mobile devices are crucial, learners can use their smartphones or tablets for information where they want, when they want it. Bite-size content is searchable and just-in-time.
Microlearning’s bite-size learning modules meet the modern learner’s desire for searchable, timely information.
Hosted in the Cloud, it is just as easy as looking a subject up on Google.
What TIA is doing with Microlearning:
TIA actively encourages the clients we work with to adopt a microlearning approach to their training. For those who are apprehensive, we explain they will get the same amount of training, yet it will be in smaller, bite-size amounts. We examine each task and see if we can break it down into smaller tasks. As an example, in JD Edwards we were able to break down the commonly long task of Setting Up Address Book details, and instead were able to create microlearnings based on the relevant department. For instance, the Finance department might add the original Address Book record, an Accounts Payable Manager might add the supplier information, and Procurement might add any purchasing information. Thus, the one long task was broken down to three smaller tasks, where the content was relevant to the person watching and doing the task.
Stay tuned to this blog, in our next post we'll take a deeper dive into how we used Jump In points in UPK to create microlearning for this JDE topic.
Do you see Microlearning as a way to help with end-user adoption in your organization? Join us for further discussions at our round table TIA Talk on Microlearning, Wednesday, March 1, between 1:00pm - 1:30pm MST, where we'll be discussing subjects such as:
• Why Microlearning is so important in today's multi-generational workforce.
• The method of delivering content to learners in small, very specific bursts.
• Why it's important that learners are in control of what and when they learn.
• We'll show and tell an example, and provide tips on converting current learning into microlearning.
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