If you’ve ever tried to learn a new musical instrument or language, you likely did so in small, repetitive and incremental steps, making learning complicated subjects or skills possible.
And it’s that exact approach to learning that makes microlearning’s popularity easy to understand: It’s an incredibly effective way of learning, retaining, and applying new knowledge, skills or information through repetition.
This approach to learning, compounded by the way we’ve grown accustomed to receiving information on mobile devices through digital channels such as social media which deliver short snippets of content, has propelled microlearning to the forefront of eLearning.
And it’s easy to understand. Microlearning provides a wide range of benefits:
Increased retention levels: A complete training course can be broken down into more bite-sized pieces, allowing the learner to digest each section separately and increase their retention.
Fast results: Smaller bits of information are much easier to remember so while it might be more difficult to cover a wide range of subjects in one sitting, it delivers what the learner needs when they need it – quickly.
Remote teaching: Learning can take place at any time and from anywhere, and users can decide when they prefer to learn new skills or improve topic comprehension.
Monitoring tools: Technology makes it much easier to assess, examine and test employees using analytics and reporting tools.
Diversify learning: Microlearning leverages various types of engaging media such as video, audio, presentations, or games to better hold the learner’s interest.
Affordable: Microlearning is much more cost-effective than sending employees to a training, and the teaching materials developed can be used over and over again.
For microlearning, it’s difficult to overstate the impact smartphones and mobile devices have had on learning. In fact, a recent study now suggests that U.S. consumers now spend an average of five hours a day on mobile devices.
Since microlearning delivers information at the point and place of need when users have limited time available for learning, accessibility proves key for professionals who are not able to leave their job site or plant floor.
With microlearning apps like RedVector GO, employees can pick out the relevant training clips explaining the task or equipment that lies in front of them. Whether it’s to reference safety precautions or re-educate themselves on a piece of equipment, they can find what they need in real time from the palm of their hand without having to retreat to a desk, search through courses, or thumb through a manual.
The RedVector GO app meets you where you are with the information you want, when you want it, providing instant access to high-impact information covering safety, maintenance procedures, equipment operation, engineering, building codes – and more.
Microlearning apps such as this can revolutionize training and continuing education – and transform the way we learn moving forward.
By Victoria Zambito, SVP of Content & Communication