How Short is Too Short in Microlearning?

Microlearning is a method of training and development that’s rapidly gaining popularity. With the evolution of technology only gaining speed, our lives have become overwhelming. Each day, we’re faced with endless distractions, and our ever-shrinking attention spans make sitting down to engage in any type of training program a challenge. Enter: microlearning.

Microlearning takes training content and breaks it down into tiny, digestible, bite-sized chunks. It takes traditional training programs and makes them more accessible and engaging by working with our busy schedules (and mobile devices) instead of against them. But, just how bite-sized are we talking?

It seems that throughout the talent development industry, the answer to that question varies greatly. Some would say one to two minutes, while others say up to 20 is just fine. But microlearning takes time and resources to roll out. We don’t want our results to be just fine. If we’re going to invest, we should know how to maximize the results, based on data, and not on opinion.

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