What is Shifting Us Towards Microlearning?

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In 1858, Landis Mason invented the Mason jar, designed for home canning and food preservation. Fast-forward to today, and you’ll see the Mason jar used for anything but canning! Herb gardens, adult beverage containers, lighting fixtures, soap dispensers, terrariums, etc. You name it, there’s surly a Mason jar hack for it. Check out 50 creative uses for mason jars

So, what does this have to do with learning? Much like the Mason jar, Microlearning should be considered for a wide-range of use cases, as opposed to being a one-trick pony (reinforcing Instructor Led Training).

Why now? There are 3 major trends leading this innovative shift:

  1. Just in Time Learning
  2. Shrinking Attention Spans
  3. Social Engagement

It’s fair to say that regardless of your job title, company you work for, or your age, it’s easy to relate to these trends because we live them every day. We want information right when we need,  in short bite sized burst and probably want our friends to know about it.

So, what are the most popular ways to use Microlearning today besides reinforcement?

  1. Mobile Learning. For any workforce that is mobile, getting content to devices is critical to usage and learner engagement.
  2. User-Generated Content. Allow anyone in your organization to create content. It’s a completely different way to think about L&D!
  3. Pull (Not Push) Learning. Create libraries of short content and never assign it to anyone. Studies show over 70% of employees turn to search engines to learn what they need for their jobs. Instead of driving to search engines, what if you could provide a place for people to get professional education specific to your organization, just-in-time?

While all of these use cases for Microlearning might not be for you or your organization right now, it’s always a good idea to have alternative, innovative ways to repurpose the “Mason Jar”. If you want to learn more about Microlearning, sign up for our weekly newsletter CLICK HERE.