The 7 Benefits of Microlearning

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The 7 Benefits of Microlearning

Organisations are starting to move away from traditional e-Learning. Instead, they are choosing to adopt an innovative method of development referred to as “Microlearning”.

Microlearning is defined as bite-size learning, exploring a topic in a compact format. This new approach helps the learner quickly achieve their intended goal at their convenience. Microlearning content examples include: text, images, video, audio, games and quizzes.

Research shows that employees only retain 10% of what they read in classrooms [1], while nearly 70% of learners prefer to learn on the go. [2]

In an era of remote working, short attention spans and busy schedules, microlearning is an ideal model to train new hires as well as established employees for the following reasons:


The costs of microlearning modules are often manageable for an employer. These modules are short and powerful in nature and therefore often quick to make. Depending on the format, it is also not always necessary to engage professional content creators. Content such as instructional videos, welcome messages or guideline documents can be created in-house.


By splitting up large topics into microlearning modules, only the part that is no longer up to date can be revised. It is much easier to adjust one video, than to change a compressed training program.  


Due to the short modules, limited amount of information and often practical approach to microlearning, employees tend to understand a topic faster. Additionally, the fact that learning can be interrupted after a module has been completed, lowers the threshold to start with a new topic. As a result, learners typically learn new content faster.


As microlearning modules are bite-size chunks of information, available in the cloud and even viewable in offline mode on mobile, employees can learn casually at their convenience. Whenever, from wherever they wish.


Microlearning offers the most engaging training delivery method. The experience for learners is similar to checking their favourite social media app, compared to the "serious study" feel of regular classroom training.


Studies have proven that knowledge retention is much higher when a subject is studied repeatedly and can be easily revisited. This is in line with the principles of microlearning, since the modules are small, self-contained and easy to return to.


As microlearning generally has higher participation and retention rates, the skills and information acquired are actively retained and demonstrable in the workplace, leading to a higher ROI than traditional training.

Microlearning has many benefits for organisations who want to revolutionise their learning culture with short, sharp, just-in-time learning that encourages curiosity and enhances learner engagement from top-down.

One of the key features of the Qualee platform is microlearning; supported by text, images, audio, documents and even video. We know that a native mobile app, delivering engaging content, results in a highly effective learning experience.

In support of all businesses during COVID-19, Qualee is providing a rebate of 3 months for any paid plan subscribed for 12 months.



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