microlearning

Training with microlearning: 4 keys to success

10 November 2019

Microlearning is revolutionizing corporate training by allowing companies to break away from traditional methods. This flexible and affordable teaching tool, which consists in completing short daily training modules, is the solution to your employees’ learning challenges. Here’s why.

1. Outsmart the forgetting curve 

From a very young age, we experience a phenomenon known as the forgetting curve, in which newly learned information is lost over time. According to this curve, employees who complete a one-hour training session will have forgotten almost 80 percent of what they learned by the following day. After 30 days, most of them will only remember 2 to 3 percent of the training. 

Graph showing a downward curve illustrating that traditional training is ineffective for information retention.
Traditional training is ineffective for optimal information retention in the long term.

To make sure they don’t lose what they’ve learned within a month, your employees will need to exercise their brains—just like when they were in school. This is easier said than done. Employees have little time to study during work hours and would likely prefer not to spend their days off poring over training documents.

That’s where microlearning comes in. This method is based on spaced repetition, a memorization technique designed to help overcome the forgetting curve. With this method, the learner is exposed to the same information multiple times at specific intervals to solidify the memory.

Microlearning graph illustrating that daily training allows for better information retention in the long term.
Microlearning consists in completing tailored, bite-size learning modules on a daily basis.

For example, with the Albert e-learning app, you can create several daily training modules on a product or service and spread them out over several weeks. Without even realizing it, your workforce will go over the same information in different formats and have an easier time retaining their new knowledge.

2. Vary your content for a stimulating training process 

Many employees find traditional training sessions boring—with good reason! As a passive audience, they’re forced to watch endless slideshows and read through dense corporate documents. In the end, they don’t remember much of their training, which is often costly to set up.

In contrast, microtraining leaners are never bored. They have continuous access to rich, varied content (photos, graphics, etc.), which act as mini stimulators for the brain. Since microtraining modules are based on visuals, the learning process is highly engaging (the brain processes images 60,000 times faster than text). 

With the Albert mobile app, you can even integrate brief videos, one of the most compelling types of media, into your training modules. According to a study, employees are 75 percent more likely to watch a video than read a document. 

However, microlearning isn’t just text and imagery. Microtraining is often followed by knowledge tests to ensure that the learner stays focused.  

A young man sitting by a window checks his cellphone.
Microlearning allows each learner to develop a routine that suits their lifestyle and stimulates their interest.

3. Empower your employees 

Employees with autonomy are happier than those forced to follow a suffocating schedule. Microlearning helps give your employees a certain amount of freedom.

Using a tailored training system, microlearning promotes employee engagement. A BYOD (bring your own device) solution like Albert allows employees to learn where they want, when they want. For example, they can complete a module during their morning bus commute or on their lunch break. 

To mobilize your workforce, microlearning also uses gamification techniques, which is the application of game-design elements in a non-game context, such as corporate training. 

With the Albert app, users receive points each time they pass a quiz. They can also see their colleagues’ scores, which encourages friendly competition. Once they’ve accumulated enough points, they level up and earn a reward (e.g., a badge, prize, or gift) determined by the company. 

Un homme et une femme consultent un téléphone mobile autour d’une table remplie de crayons de couleurs et de feuilles de papier.
Different contents are ideal to facilitate learning.

4. Apply acquired knowledge in real time

Annual training sessions rarely allow employees to put their new knowledge to the test. While they occasionally contain practical examples, these don’t always reflect the company’s reality. 

Microlearning helps you avoid this problem. How? Thanks to the various quizzes that follow each microtraining module! What’s more, if new challenges come up during the year, you can quickly add new custom content and personalized mobile trainings to keep your employees up-to-date.

Albert, the microlearning solution

Flexible and user-friendly, the Albert app lets you quickly capitalize on the benefits of microtraining. Help your employees learn more efficiently without disrupting their work schedules. Contact us today to receive a demo.