Companies are constantly trying to improve their employees by using training programs. Some work, but many do not. In a previous blog it was mentioned that Free-Standing training or Stand Alone training was a great fit for Microlearning. In this piece we will delve into WHY that is true. First – what do we mean by free standing training? Free standing or stand-alone training provides targeted knowledge bursts for learners when they need it. It meets immediate needs and fills skills gaps through focused, quick, customizable learning.Learn more here!
Key things to know about free standing or stand-alone training:
- It refers to training that is not part of a broader curriculum or program. The training stands “free” or “alone” on its own.
- It is usually focused on building a specific skill or teaching certain knowledge. There is a defined outcome but no larger learning journey or series involved.
- It can be completed in a short period of time – self-paced online, a one day workshop, a short course. The training has a start and end.
- Learners engage in the free standing training because they want to build a particular competency or fill a skills gap. It solves a need in the moment.
- Since it is not tied to a broader program, there is usually no prerequisite knowledge required to take free standing training. Learners can jump in where their needs are.
- Microlearning is a great format for delivering free standing training through short modular lessons focused on discrete skills.
- It allows flexibility for learners to engage in training specific to their needs and schedule. They can take the training anywhere, anytime.
So why is MicroLearning a great fit?
There are 5 main reasons why microlessons are a perfect fit for free standing training. Let’s delve into them!
- Flexibility – Microlessons can be taken anytime, anywhere at the learner’s convenience since they are self-contained units not tied to a broader curriculum. This makes them ideal for free standing training.
- Bite-sized – Microlessons deliver content in short 3-5 minute chunks. This bite-sized approach works well for free standing training where learners are looking for quick knowledge bursts.
- Variety – With microlessons, learners can pick and choose lessons that interest them rather than follow a mandated curriculum. This variety appeals to free standing training.
- Relevance – Microlessons are focused on discrete skills or knowledge goals. This targeted relevancy lends itself to free standing training where learners want applicable information.
- Cost – Developing and distributing microlessons is generally affordable and scalable, especially compared to traditional learning programs. This cost-effectiveness enables delivery of free standing training.
The adaptability, brevity, customization, targeted focus, and low cost of microlessons make them a great match for delivering free standing training outside traditional learning environments.
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