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Microlearning: training for the millennial generation

If you’re hiring a temporary worker and want to help them get the job done safely, one of the new training techniques to consider nowadays is called microlearning.

It’s all about offering training in shorter, more focused sessions while doing more of it. And it’s about doing it all through videos, mobile apps, and other online platforms.

The point is, rather than asking workers to attend a 30-minute (or longer) workshop or computer-based training module, you could point them to a short video that they can view on their phone or other smart device covering any aspect of their training.

Imagine a team of construction workers whose tasks for the day requires the use of a ladder. Managers could send a microlearning training session containing ladder safety tips to the workers’ smartphones before they climb the ladder. The session would be brief enough to avoid interrupting the work schedule but thorough enough to provide a refresher on safe practices to avoid injuries.

Better still, these microlearning modules can become a standing user’s manual and troubleshooting guide for your workers.

Microlearning courses also typically include a brief quiz and provide reference documents and other items as additional resources.

As you might imagine, changing workforce demographics are driving the trend. Generations that grew up in the computer age have become accustomed to getting information online.

There are plenty of companies in this space, ready to deliver libraries full of micro-lessons. Platforms to explore include Degreed, Edcast, Fuse, Pathgather and Grovo; vendors that have gotten notice include NovoEd, Intrepid, Everwise, Axonify, Qstream and Practice, among others.

About the Author

Larry Hannappel

Larry spent 16 years with Century Casino’s and was instrumental in the start-up and growth of the company through expansions in Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland and on several cruise ships as well as in Colorado. He was most recently the SVP, Principal Finance Officer and COO of North American operations for Century Casinos Inc., a multinational, Nasdaq-traded gaming company. Earlier in his career, Larry worked at the Johns Manville Corp. Larry spent 13 years in various accounting and finance functions in the company’s fiberglass manufacturing division and was key in the start-up of a molding plant in Indiana. Larry and his wife Kathy and three children live in Colorado. He enjoys four-wheeling, motorcycling, golfing, skiing and brewing beer.