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Training Millennials? Try Microlearning!

January 08 2015 | (0) Comments


MillennialsAccording to Training Industry Magazine, one of the key learning trends for 2015 is “Microlearning.” Although microlearning appeals to a variety of audiences, it is particularly well suited to appeal to the younger generation of workers, otherwise known as the Millennials or Generation Y.  Why should this be of interest to you?  The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts that in this coming year of 2015, millennials will be the largest generation in the U.S. workforce! If you’re in business, chances are you’ve already hired, or will be hiring a lot of millennials, and if you’re in the business of training and development, then you’ll need to start thinking about microlearning.

To say that millennials are tech savvy would be an understatement. Millennials have grown and prospered in a very fast paced and technical world with the Internet and sharing through social media being positioned front and center. They’ve had open access to mobile devices and are used to being connected at any time and from any place. Millennials are used to flexibility, connectedness, ease of communications, and above all, instant gratification.

Since microlearning aims to provide training as small quantities of discrete information delivered in a convenient and accessible manner, you can see where this type of learning offers great appeal to millennials.   Microlearning requires a shorter span of attention so there is less cognitive load on learners and information is easier to absorb, retain and recall.   Imagine if you will, bite sized chunks of information through streaming video or quick-to-read articles, for example, that can easily be accessed from a mobile device at a learner’s convenience – this seems like second nature for millennials don’t you think? Your millennial workforce is bound to respond favorably to this type of learning.

Remember, the appeal for microlearning extends even beyond the millennials. According to the research report from Software Advice titled “The LMS Features That Drive Employee Engagement IndustryView, ” Greater than 50% of survey respondents of a random sample of 385 full-time employees indicated that they would be more likely to use their company’s online learning tools if the content was broken up into multiple, shorter lessons.  That’s some great insight about microlearning; just imagine if more than 50% of your employees felt this way?   Are you ready to meet their needs?

Susan Distasio | eLearning Industry Crusader | ePath Learning, Inc.

SusanAbout the Author:  Susan Distasio is an eLearning Industry Crusader focused on advocating for advancement and change in the eLearning and professional development industry.  An avid seeker of knowledge and continuous improvement, Susan is happy to share her research, observations and thoughts regarding “all things related to learning and development.”  When she’s not out on the learning crusade, Susan can be found with the wind in her hair riding her Harley or simply enjoying life with her husband and her Siamese cat named Elvis, as well as with family and friends.