Rules for bite-size training

Organizations are turning to micro­learning to train employees. The idea is that if you break larger, longer, more complex training sessions down into shorter, more accessible videos and online activities, employees will engage with the material and retain more.

If you want a new way to train employees, microlearning may be the way to go. Just be sure to follow these rules:

Make it meaningful. The training must have a practical purpose that will help employees in their day-to-day job. Pinpoint the skills they most need for the job and ask them what skills they want to develop or grow. Then build microlearning initiatives around that.

Make real-life application a requirement. Simply completing the training is not enough. Once they have completed a microlearning session, ask them to apply it to their work, and monitor their progress over time. You should see improvements quickly.

— Adapted from “Three Guidelines for Meaningful Microlearning,” Ellen Burns-Johnson, Allen Interactions,