Technology has made quickly accessing information easy and our attention spans have shortened because of it. Long, pre-recorded webinars are no longer an effective method for training talent. HR professionals have to start looking at new ways to keep employees engaged in a fast-paced world. Microlearning is the new hot topic and provides a solution, but with all trainings, you have to make sure your content is impactful and relevant to the material. Here are our top 5 formats of microlearning that could change the way you look at training.
1. Quick videos
Quick videos are very helpful for employees that only need clarification on part of a process. It saves them time as they don’t have to search through lengthy content just to clarify one or two points. Look at breaking down those long trainings into quick 30 to 60 second videos that give high level overviews of the information. These videos should be easily identifiable and directly to the point so that employees can quickly find the answers needed. Animation or whiteboard videos work great in this format.
Graphs, flow charts, timelines, and comparison lists are all ways to present information in an infographic. The point is convey information at a quick glance and graphics are the best way to do that. If someone needs to know how many steps are involved in a process, an infographic displaying a flowchart could be the most effective method
3. Job Aid
Job Aids should be concise step by step instructions on how to complete a specific task. If the process uses a system or a tool, include screenshots of those steps. Job aids are beneficial when rolling out new processes as they can be quickly attached to emails or saved to a shared location for easy access. Think of them as an abridged version of your SOP (standard operating procedure).
Gaming provides a fun and interactive method to learning. It can create competition which is great for team building and collaboration. Be sure to make the game mobile friendly to make it easier to access for those that may not always be in front of a computer.
5. Branching simulations
If you’re looking to train employees on making the right decisions, branching simulations might be the best course of action. Branching simulations start with one issue and provide the employee possible options. Upon making a decision, the simulation will show the consequences of that decision and whether that was the right or wrong choice. This method can be very useful for training in customer service or ethics.
If you haven’t yet, you should check out our podcast with Isaac Tolpin, the co-founder of ConveYour, who gives us an in-depth breakdown of what microlearning is.