Micro-learning is exploding in popularity. The workplace continues to evolve and employees are working less 9 to 5 and more synergistically throughout all hours of the day, often on the fly from mobile devices, away from the office.
Micro-learning is defined as chunking learning material into short, rather than longer, modules or courses. As the learning industry shifts to a “resources, not courses” approach, we must remember that just because we are creating smaller courses, we are not necessarily delivering valuable content. The key to success here is that the micro training still needs to be created as part of a comprehensive learning experience.
Micro-learning chunks are typically 2–3 minutes in length but can be shorter or slightly longer depending on the training objectives. Ideally, microlearning best practices show they should never exceed 5 minutes. This provides more flexibility for learners in their environment where they have less time and shorter attention spans, and are taking in an overwhelming volume of information. Learners often want to have choices and more control over their learning. Offering training in shorter bursts, when and where learners need it, can lead to higher engagement and increased productivity.