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Micro-Learning Basics. An Overview of the New Trend in Learning.

Article By SAP Litmos, re-posted by TRIFT Inc. (Part 2 in the series)

At its most basic, microlearning is a brief, focused module that lasts no more than ten minutes (depending on which resource you read it on can vary greatly). However, length aside, one thing is for certain, each course is limited to a single concept and the modules are designed to stand alone - though they can be stacked to teach related concepts over time. Generally, microlearning is a digital tool, so it is easily incorporated into the workday without impacting productivity. Most modules can be adapted for mobile devices, which further expands educational opportunities for employees increasingly mobile-centric lifestyles.

Though microlearning is just starting to take off in the world of Learning and Development, it is not a new concept. In one way or another, this teaching method had been around for decades. Microlearning strategies are fundamental in elementary education, as children need time to absorb and practice new information before teachers can add more sophisticated skills. The effectiveness of this teaching style has been carefully studied, and findings have prompted educators to create lesson plans centered on microlearning.

One thing is for certain. Each session is limited to a single concept and the modules are designed to stand alone.

Consider the success of Sesame Street - an educational children's program composed entirely of fast-moving, short lessons. Each lesson is centered on a simgle learning objective to create a series of microlearning opportunities. More than 1,000 studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of Sesame Street, and results were overwhelmingly positive. It was found that students without access to traditional pre-school have far better long-term success when they watched Sesame Street.

More recently, experts in adult learning carried the studies further, examining the impact of microlearning in the workplace. They discovered that this learning tool has significant benefits including:

  • Satisfies the need for on-demand learning

  • Quickly closes skills gaps

  • Incorporates technology tools preferred by Millennials

  • Increases retention of knowledge

  • Improved learner engagement

  • Grows employee autonomy

TRIFT Inc. supports the findings put forth in this article, and provides microlearning content (both off-the-shelf and custom), that addresses these very same concepts. Experience for yourself the TRIFT difference - request free access today at


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