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Employee Training Through Traditional Learning Or Microlearning – What’s Better? Empass - Blog

The millennials use mobiles for everything they do. Leveraging mobile as a tool for transparent goal-setting, performance improvement, real-time feedback, and personalized learning (that is not solitary) should be a no-brainer.

For some strange reason, we still continue to force them into long classroom sessions and assign boring self-paced learning videos for them through our legacy LMS (learning management systems). 

Consider some of these statistics on employee training. This should come as a big surprise to you:

With 76% of employees looking for career growth opportunities, it is no wonder companies should advocate training for their workers from day one. Of course, there are two ways to go about it:

  • Traditional training processes that majorly focus on classroom learning, seminars, and workshops.
  • Microlearning, an instructional strategy that is designed to meet a specific learning outcome through bite-sized content (nuggets).

In 2019, if your company is initiating a well thought out training plan for your employees, it is worthwhile contrasting and comparing these two learning methods and identify what might work better.

1) Content Formats

Traditional learning requires the employee to consume educational content in a larger volume which majorly includes long videos and audios and long texts. In such a scenario, the learner can absorb very little knowledge and that too most likely, just once.

However, in case of microlearning, employees can consume smaller nuggets of information in the form of graphics, eBooks, audio-visual and modules, and can refer the content multiple times. It is also far easier to know what they know and don’t know yet, quite definitively.

2) Duration of learning

Depending on the volume and context of the information imparted, traditional training processes can take up anywhere between an hour to a month or more to finish. A microlearning activity, on the other hand, is most effective when it is longer than two minutes but shorter than five minutes.

Your lifelong dental hygiene requires brushing teeth for a few minutes twice daily, why shouldn’t the  same principle apply for lifelong learning hygiene.

3) Responsibility to learn

When employees are traditionally trained, they have little or no control over the way information is to be consumed. In such a scenario, the trainer drives the learning process, and the employees follow directions.

However, microlearning enables the employees to drive their processes, and learn at their pace. The fact the every individual learns at a different pace and style, the old-school format of making everyone sit and listen to the same lecture could be demotivating for the learner and the trainer alike.

4) Affordability

Getting an industry expert to hold a two-day workshop for your employees will be a costly affair for your enterprise. However, an employee assessment app that helps your workforce strengthen its expertise with short skill-based quizzes will be a pocket-friendly investment for you.

5) Training time

When learning through traditional methods, employees have to sit through presentations or lectures. Moreover, traditional training can’t happen on a daily basis. It could take place on a yearly, bi-annually or quarterly basis, thus interrupting work hours and hampering productivity.

But the employees can take up a microlearning activity at their convenience as it is self-directed and doesn’t interrupt the normal functioning of the day.

Verdict: microlearning can ensure lifelong learning

Oh yes, it can!

Microlearning is a far more effective method to impart training as it allows employees to consume information quickly and conveniently through bite-sized information nuggets.

Empass, for instance, infuses skill-based learnings with gaming elements in its employee assessment solution, called Empass Assess, for enterprises. With the help of performance analytics, they can track the performance of employees, and reward them accordingly.

This concept of gamified microlearning enables the enterprises to promote a competitive but healthy environment that motivates the employees to work more and faster, and in turn meet business targets easily.

Empass Assess caters to employees with various skill sets and offers curated courses and real-time gaming assessments that come with spaced repetition and 16 difficulty levels. The primary motive of Empass is to make learning hygiene for your employees and to make sure they learn something new every day.

Lifelong learning has a lot to do with your success than you think. As they say, “nothing beats a curious mind!”

Asavari Sharma

Asavari is a Digital Marketing & Communications Lead at Empass. You'll often find her marketing gamification for skill assessment to colleges and companies, and educating recruiters on the benefits of using AI and mobile to hire the best talent. She is also the primary author of the Empass blog.

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