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Does Your 2018 Learning Strategy Include Microlearning? If Not, It Should

Written by Steven Carpenter

When I joined Grovo as CEO last year, I mentioned how excited I was to see L&D getting its day in the sun after years of waiting. I mean, the #1 competitive advantage for any organization is being able to recruit, develop and retain the best people. Teams and organizations that effectively do so have a greater chance of success, regardless of size or industry. That success creates a network effect, drawing more, similarly stellar people who want to join and be part of that growth opportunity. When teams aggregate a critical mass of great people, they become difficult to compete against.

That’s why the role of Learning & Development has become more strategic – and integral – than ever before. And despite the ongoing complexity of solving for people-related development, there is now an array of technology products and services that have a significant business impact on the L&D landscape.

This recent overview by ATD does a terrific job of highlighting the “Tech Trends That Will Change Learning in 2018” with microlearning explicitly identified as a critical component of every organization’s learning strategy. The point is: if you want to make learning a business priority in 2018, and you aren’t thinking about employing microlearning, then you are missing a fundamental aspect of your plan.

Microlearning can no longer be seen as a “fad.” It’s not just a generic term for “short bursts of content” that is “delivered at the time of need.” Rather, microlearning is a methodology and modern approach to learning that is more effective with the way we work today.

So, then, what is “microlearning”? The way we think of it at Grovo is straightforward to describe and difficult to do well. An effective microlearning strategy has 3 key components:

    • Single concept lessons that convey, you guessed it, just one concept at a time and therefore have have the best chance of sticking. The ability to deep-dive into just one topic actually enhances retention and improves recall;
    • Learning in context, or learning that is integrated into an employee’s workflow. Not only does this increase engagement, it also increases an employee’s ability to transfer knowledge to new, different, and more complex scenarios; and
    • Mixed media lessons – whether audio, video, graphics, or text – which improves engagement by enticing employees to keep clicking. This experience elicits positive learning emotions (curiosity, delight, engagement, and flow), which increases the employee’s commitment to learning.

There’s so much opportunity to help people excel and thrive in their jobs. It’s gratifying to be building products and services at a time when the need is so acute and the business case so evident. That’s why I am so excited for the entire L&D category in 2018 and for Grovo’s approach to making learning better, more applicable, and more effective for employees and their businesses alike.

Interested in sampling some Microlearning® lessons to see why they should be a component of your learning strategy? Check out Grovo Explore.