Training is often undergone in larger, longer modules that take a while to complete. Your employees will often be asked to sit down and complete entire chunks of training at once. But how do you ensure that training continues little by little, day by day? Integrating learning into the work that your employees do daily is one of the most beneficial ways to ensure they stay up to date on their skills and training. There are some important steps you should take to integrate learning into your daily workflow.
Learning shouldn’t just be done when it’s necessitated. It should be part of the daily work that your employees undergo. Sometimes, this type of learning process is referred to as “microlearning”. And there are some critical steps you can take to integrate this daily learning seamlessly. Here are some tips and tricks for using microlearning and making it part of the daily flow of your employee’s work.
Utilize Short eLearning Modules
Small, easy-to-digest eLearning modules that are implemented throughout the day are a great way to integrate microlearning into your employee’s workflow. Short modules, about 3 to 5 minutes in length, can update your employees on important topics or give them a quick, easily accessible dose of information. Use your learning management system to make these small modules easily accessible to your employees throughout their day. They can be individual lessons or part of a longer overall learning path. Short, bitesize lessons can also lead to better recall and retention rates, as it’s much easier to engage an employee’s attention for a short period than for an entire, long module.
Introduce PDFs and eBooks
PDFs still have their place in the contemporary training world. In fact, they’re a primary component of a lot of microlearning. They offer a quick, engaging, visually appealing way to provide your employees with information. What’s more, they’re usually easy to access on almost any device, meaning your employees can even access PDFs from their smartphone while they aren’t at their desks. This can be very valuable for employees who might enjoy learning during their commute to or from work. It’s relatively easy to create a good PDF that contains important training or learning information. If you want, you can even go a step further by providing information in the form of eBooks. These are also accessible on almost any device, making them an ideal choice for employees who like to learn while they aren’t sitting at their desks. eBooks can be longer, but they can easily be broken up into bite-sized chunks that your employees can read throughout their workday.
Infographics are visual, which is a great way to offer information quickly to employees that can be rapidly and easily absorbed. Most people are visual learners, so well-designed infographics can be a very powerful micro-learning tool. Typically, visual aids lead to better recall and retention for learners. The chances are high that the majority of your employees will find visual learning the easiest learning method, and often, the most appealing as well. If you have access to a good learning management system, it’s easy to make engaging, interactive infographics for your employees.
Once again, videos are a great learning tool because they are visual, making them ideal for high engagement and retention. Short videos, about 3 to 5 minutes in length, are one of the most popular microlearning tools. They’re a fantastic way to introduce concepts, training, or information to your employees in an interest-generating way, and will grab their attention. They also provide a welcome break from having to read and absorb larger chunks of text. Furthermore, they’re easily accessible on almost any device and can be accessed via your learning management system from any place, at any time.
Utilize Webinars and Podcasts
Pre-recorded webinars can be easily uploaded to your learning management system to be watched or listened to by employees throughout their workday. The same goes for podcasts, which are an increasingly popular form of learning. Podcasts are also great for employees that use their computers or a screen of some sort regularly throughout the workday. Learning by listening to a podcast instead of having to stare at a screen might be very appealing to many workers. Many employees may also revel in the ability to listen to a podcast while going about other tasks throughout their workday. Or even on their commute to and from work.
Use Mobile Apps
Learning on the go, no matter what type you choose can be provided to your employees through a mobile app. This makes the content very easily accessible on any mobile device. If you want your employees to learn throughout their workday, then providing them with straightforward access to materials directly on their mobile devices is ideal. The easier it is for employees to access micro-learning content, the more likely they will actually engage in that learning.
The key to integrating microlearning into your employee’s daily work routines is to make the learning short, sweet, interesting, and easy to access. Try to take away any barriers that might discourage employees from accessing these microlearning tools. Integrating short learning modules into the daily workflow of your workforce is one of the best ways to keep employees updated on training, information, and important content. In many cases, it also makes learning feel less daunting or tedious. It’s often easier for employees to engage in short, 3-to-5-minute learning modules throughout the day than to sit down and try to get through a long module all in one go. What’s more, microlearning can have better recall and retention rates, because it’s much easier to engage an employee’s attention for a short period of time. Utilize your learning management system to start providing microlearning and integrating it into your employee’s workflow.