The Importance Of Training & Development Programs For Distributed Workforce

When 23-year-old Rita Nair joined ABC Ltd, an accounting firm, as a junior sales rep, she was excited and self-motivated to learn the ropes of the game. Six months passed, with no on-the-job training or guidance, Nair’s productivity soon began to dim.

There was no sense of direction in her work. She still wasn’t acquainted with the industry norms and the company’s initiatives. Soon after, Nair quit her job.

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Reaching The Last Mile In The Organization With Microlearning

According to a report by, over 1/4th of employees quit their job because they lack a proper understanding of what their job profile entails and how the job needs to be done. The same survey included complaints of employees who said they didn’t receive any kind of on-the-job training – which forms an essential aspect of distributed workforce.

On the other hand, companies who have an established process to train their employees on a continuous basis have seen an increase in 26% more revenue per employee.

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Using Microlearning In Formal Education

Did you know that students only remember 21% of what is taught to them – just after a month? In an age and time where the attention span of an average human being is lesser than that of a goldfish, this statistic doesn’t surprise us at all!

Remember when Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) first came into existence? Who knew such bite-sized and easily digestible learning modules would become a trend in the online education industry. The term MOOC was coined in 2008.

It has been almost a decade since this phenomenon by storm – giving people from all age groups and educational backgrounds a chance to learn something new, and not necessarily about academics or college-level courses. This point brings us to microlearning.

What is microlearning exactly?

It is a method of learning via short, bite-sized modules through the digital mediums. It helps in faster consumption and increased retention of information as large chunks of complex data are broken down into manageable pieces of information.

Three major characteristics of micro-learning are as follows:

  • Brevity: Micro-learning sessions are short, but with no defined duration.
  • Granularity: It focuses on one topic, concept or idea.
  • Variety: It can be in the form of a game, presentation, quiz, video, etc.

How important is microlearning in formal education?

We would say – very! The underlying premise of this concept that every human being learns differently – which means every student has a different way of consuming information. It is the versatility of microlearning that draws the learning community comprising students, teachers, corporate employees, etc. to it.

And since everything is so digitized around us, we are always being exposed to micro-content. In simple words, we are consuming information continuously, no matter where we are. If used in the right way, the education sector can benefit greatly from microlearning. Here’s how:

1. Short attention span? No problem.

A 2003 NCBI study indicates that we can typically tolerate just 4-8 minutes of factual lecture before we start to seek other forms of stimuli. 14 years later, the situation hasn’t changed even a bit. Luckily, this short span of time is long enough to consume a micro-learning module in any digital format properly.

2. Microlearning literally beats time

Since they are bite-sized, it is not just easy to consume them but also producing them is a quick process. With the turnaround time of a typical textbook is 5 years, there are chances of redundancy by the time it goes for print. But with microlearning, it is possible to absorb data in real-time!

3. Digital content can be accessed from anywhere

Microlearning and digital media go hand-in-hand. This means you can learn and assess yourself from anywhere – while on-the-go. It takes off the pressure of sitting at one place to study!

4. Learn at your own pace

Since every student has a different pace of learning, microlearning enables everyone to learn at a speed they are most comfortable with. The students can watch, read or listen the module as many times as they want. There’s no hurry. There’s no competition.

Three methods of applying microlearning in the classroom

1. PechaKucha

It is a presentation method that relies more on visuals than on written text. It typically consists of 20 images/slides and the presenter takes about 1 minute to explain each image/slide. It is a good fit for microlearning because it focuses on a specific timescale and can accommodate condensed content – which makes it easier to consume.

2. Oust

This mobile platform provides unparalleled distribution, and with the advent of machine learning and artificial intelligence, offers an opportunity to highly personalize the learning content for every individual. Oust makes learning fast, fun, and exciting by using sports, movies, and local languages to engage learners from all backgrounds.

3. Infographics

They offer a perfect representation of photos, statistics text and design – all the elements which make them so appealing! An infographic typically has tons of information, designed beautifully and condensed, much to the learner’s delight!

Dos and dont’s of implementing microlearning in the classroom

While the concept of microlearning seems to be interesting, it is important to keep a few guidelines in mind for it to be a successful endeavour:

1. It has to be interactive

If it is not, then there’s no difference between microlearning and traditional forms of learning. If a student finds the microlearning module boring, then the purpose is lost.

2. It won’t click instantly

It will take a while to choose the right device and the right size of the microlearning module. Microlearning is a customized educational solution and it is effective only when the student has found the right type.

3. Don’t lose sight of the goal

Since there is so much data out there, it can get difficult to keep track of the things a student actually wants to learn. Hence, it is advised to never lose sight of the goal.

4. Set an objective

The reason it is important to set an objective for every module is to make sure the learner doesn’t try to push 30 minutes’ worth of information into just 5 minutes or less.

The main aim of microlearning is to enable the students to learn in a healthier and smarter fashion. It is a definite “yes” in the world of formal education.

Traditional Training Processes vs. Micro Learning

Simply put, getting trained is the action of undertaking a course, module or exercise to evolve in a specific skill in a working or educational environment. In this competitive world, it has become all the more necessary to develop industry specific skills to grow both personally and professionally.

40% of learners say that they don’t have the time they need to train themselves. 79% believe they have a significant retention and engagement problem wherein 26% see it as an urgent problem. 80% of learners said to have forgotten whatever they learnt during training within 30 days itself! And the worst part is fewer than 15% of learners are able to successfully apply whatever they learn.

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Top Five Myths About Microlearning

If you ask us the buzzword of this time and age, we would have to say it is “micro learning”. Used by educational institutions and corporations as it allows the learners to acquire information in very specific bursts.

Moreover, micro learning appeals to them as it is available to them exactly at the time of learning need. This means the learners are in control of what and when they are learning. Some of the diverse formats of delivering content for learning include multimedia videos, emailers and e-books.

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This Is How Micro Learning Affects Behaviour Change

Did you know in 2000, our attention span was 12 seconds and now it is just 8 seconds – which is even lesser than that of a goldfish? In a time and age where the attention span of human beings has reduced considerably, microlearning seems to provide an ideal instructional approach to broaden the overall knowledge base.

Simply put, it is the method of delivering nuggets of information to the learners who don’t have the time to take a lengthy course at one go and want to avoid the risk of getting overwhelmed by large volumes of data.

This on-the-fly learning technique helps the learners advance their educational goal anytime and from anywhere as long as they have the proper resources in place; for instance, internet. Multimedia videos, emailers, e-books are some of the diverse formats of delivering content for learning.

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