Why Microlearning is Great for Global Teams

Posted by Natalie Donalds,

May 24, 2016

Microlearning works for companies in all industries and of all sizes, but it is particularly beneficial to companies who operate a global workforce. Workers based in distant locations benefit from up-to-date courses and the fact that their learning tool is built around them. You benefit because the results are better and you save money.

Here are some of the ways microlearning is great for your global teams.

Easier to Translate

Microlearning courses and lessons are delivered in bite-sized chunks. These small modules are quick and easy to translate for your teams around the world. Of course this means translating the language, but it also means translating to adjust to differing cultural nuances.

By tailoring each module to the relevant learner, learners will grasp the information faster and retain it.

Just-In-Time Learning

One of the great benefits of microlearning is that it facilitates just-in-time learning. In other words, it is learner-centric. This means the learner decides when they go through a module. They can go through it quickly or slowly, they can skip sections they are already confident with, and they can repeat sections if required. This allows your employees to access the information when they need it most and when it is most relevant to their work. This is also the time when they will be the most receptive to the information, which will ensure higher retention rates.

Also, because the information is delivered in bite-sized chunks, it is easier to keep content up to date. That means your employees, wherever they are in the world, can have confidence that the information they are getting "just in time" through their microlearning course is also current and relevant.

Makes Better Use of Time

The alternatives to microlearning involve your employees dedicating large chunks of time to commit to learning. This does not fit with modern work schedules where performance is closely measured. Microlearning makes better use of your employees’ time. They can go through modules on a flight, during a commute, or another time that might otherwise be considered downtime. The crucial element is that it is up to them, which gives them greater ownership of their development and learning.

Cost Effective

Microlearning is also a less costly way of producing training courses and modules. They can be created, managed, updated, and distributed faster than other alternatives. This means you can optimise the time of your Trainers to where it is needed most.

Producing microlearning courses also costs less – often as much as 50 percent less. When the courses and modules are delivered on mobile devices, the costs are reduced even further because your employees already have and use mobile on an hourly basis.

Better Results

The final key benefit of microlearning to global teams is that it gets results. Research has shown that traditional long-form training in corporate environments (such as in a classroom-type environment) is so ineffective that as much as 90 percent of the skills learned are forgotten within a year.

Microlearning, where small chunks of information are consumed and reinforced regularly over time, delivers much better results, including achieving longer retention rates.

Better use of time