There’s a reason so many Dilbert comics poke fun at the corporate training experience. We’ve all endured mind-numbing hours of training only to realize a week later, we can’t quite recall more than a few details (and not necessarily the important ones).


Microlearning is More Than the Most Recent “Buzz Word” in Learning

Enter the concept of Microlearning. In a nutshell, this is a technique for delivering learning content in short, bite-sized bursts.

Brain science (and our own experience) tells us we can only absorb four to five pieces of information into short-term memory at any given time. So by breaking content into short chunks and delivering it continuously over time, learnings are easier to digest, understand and apply. And, most importantly, we stay engaged.

It’s no wonder that with the recent popularity of Microlearning, cheers have been heard in offices around the world. Technology is finally being used to do more than digitize classroom training or bring heavy training binders online. Microlearning is aligning with employees right within their work stream, serving up learning topics in short, bite-sized bursts and letting them get on with the task at hand.

Micro Content is only Part of the Solution

But making content easier to digest is only half the battle. What do you think employees dislike almost as much as endless hours of training in a classroom or in front of a computer? The answer, quite simply, is that they hate wasting time. They hate being forced to take training on topics that they already know. And they hate content that has no relevancy to their job.

This means that breaking up information into micro chunks isn’t enough. What if employees could not only learn through bite-sized learning, but the training content could adapt automatically to each individual’s unique learning path, ensuring time spent on learning was highly focused and relevant?

With Adaptive Microlearning, this can be done. Adaptive Microlearning is the only way to ensure employees are using their time the most efficiently and remaining engaged.

That’s because a true Adaptive Microlearning Solution delivers content in small, focused, bite-sized chunks and adapts continuously to what the learner knows and doesn’t know. Specifically, it:

  • Evaluates employee knowledge ongoing during learning sessions
  • Compares learner data to initial benchmark knowledge levels, plus target knowledge levels
  • Adapts the learning path automatically with modifications being made on the fly to subject matter, level of difficulty, learning resources and even methods of knowledge delivery


Adaptive Microlearning saves employees time, boosts performance


Today’s employees need to know more than ever before, and they have less time to do it. Despite the fact that employees are committed to their personal learning and development, they are only able to spend an average of 1% of their time on training each week.

By using Adaptive Microlearning, time can be spent more wisely—building need-to-know knowledge that is relevant to the job, instead of wasting time on irrelevant or inessential information. Employees can zero in on areas they are weak in to fast-track their knowledge growth and accelerate their ability to drive tangible business results.

The bottom line? If your learning isn’t “micro” AND “adaptive,” you’re not maximizing the learning time available to your employees—and your employees may be living their own Dilbert comic.

Written by Jennifer Buchanan


Jen buchanan

Author: Jen buchanan

Jenn Buchanan lives in that nebulous dream world between product and marketing. She loves working with customers, analysts and thought leaders to stay sharp on the market and assess what is needed to address existing and emerging challenges. But, she also enjoys changing gears to work with the product team, where the creativity really happens, helping to bring the vision to life in a meaningful way for customers and prospects. Jenn has the rare pleasure of working with all aspects of the business, ensuring all teams have a deep understanding of the problem we are solving, how we are doing it and the meaningful impact it has on our customers. The balance of cross-functional communication and collaboration mixed with product technical geekiness are part of her definition of a perfect day.

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