In this article, I will provide insights on why it makes sense to use social learning and microlearning in conjunction. I will also outline how you can use them practically to double the impact on the learning in your organization.
Let’s begin with a quick recap on the definitions of social learning and microlearning and then see why they are a powerful combination.
In simple terms, social learning is learning with and from others. You do that pretty much every day in some way or the other – when discussing a problem or challenge to a colleague or a friend, as part of a group discussion, when interacting with others in a conference, or when using online social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and so on.
Microlearning is a short, focused learning nugget (often 3-5 mins long or shorter) that is designed to meet a specific learning outcome. You can use it to offer formal training, but it serves its purpose better when used in informal training (with a focus on performance gain).
Some of the aspects that make it a high-impact learning medium are its learner-centric nature, multi-device compatibility (smartphones/tablets/desktops/laptops), design and delivery in rich media formats, and flexibility to provide just-in-time training to enhance performance.
Microlearning nuggets can be easily accessed, quickly completed, and applied by the learners.
The world had become a global village long ago and the shrinking continues to happen – the number of businesses that thrive on effective coordination between teams operating from diverse geographic locations with a focus on faster turnaround times is only increasing. In these circumstances, there is ample scope to provide learning and training solutions by getting social learning and microlearning to tango.
Here are 7 compelling reasons why you should combine the power of social learning and microlearning and increase the learning impact in your organisation:
Both social learning and microlearning give the learners a “personal” experience as they do not take place in a typical formal learning environment.
Both social learning and microlearning are accessible to users at the time of their need.
People spend time on social media looking at smaller pieces of information (short posts, YouTube/other short videos, images, and so on). This is in line with the way the microlearning nuggets are designed.
They spend smaller amounts of time while on social media (often shuffling between logging into social media sites and carrying out other things). Hence, they are more attracted to shorter learning nuggets.
People access social media on multiple devices and microlearning is a great fit for learning on-the-go.
Most social media posts and information pieces have a specific focus and so is the case with microlearning nuggets.
Microlearning can be made more effective by including social learning features such as chat, comment, like, share, and so on.
I hope this article gives you compelling reasons on why you must leverage on the combined power of social learning and microlearning. Use the power of microlearning with an extended twist of collaborative learning and generate a positive impact on your learning. If you have any questions, do contact me.
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