How do microlearning and gamification help in imposing corporate training strategies on a learning platform?
As per Verified Market Research, the corporate eLearning market was valued at US$250 billion in 2020. At a CAGR of 21% from 2021 to 2028, it is projected to reach 1133.38 billion by 2028. This northbound graph underlines the benefits of an online learning platform. Increased employee productivity and revenue for the company are some of the key benefits. Here are some facts that suggest that a winsome corporate training solution can be carved out using a learning platform. As per the Research Institute of America, eLearning increases the retention rates from anything between 25 to 60%. In comparison, the retention rates of face-to-face training were as low as 8 to 10%. Additionally, a Brandon Hall study showed that eLearning required 40 to 60% less employee time compared to the classroom setting. Here are a few ways a learning platform can empower the lives of learners.
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Bite-Sized Microlearning Modules
Microlearning refers to an educational approach that offers bite-sized small learning units with just the necessary amount of information to help learners achieve a goal. It is a short learning nugget that a learner would complete between 2 to 10 minutes. When it comes to corporate learning, standalone content that focuses on a particular learning objective keeps the attention span high. In this context, Bob Pike’s 90-20-8 rule gains significance. For a good corporate training strategy, a long course of, say, 90 minutes broken into 20 to 30-minute modules and interspersed with interactivity every four to eight minutes. One can author bite-sized motivating modules on an efficient learning platform.
Microlearning makes the transfer of learning 17% more efficient. Why is that?
- Content is easily and readily accessible, whenever the learner is ‘ready’.
- Retention becomes easier as memories aren’t cluttered with irrelevant information
- Only small chunks of information have to be digested, which makes comprehension easier.
- Content addresses only 1-2 learning objectives.
- Learning in stretches of 3-7 minutes matches the attention span and memory capacity of humans.
The rise of EdTech platforms in India has also brought a great deal of transformation in online learning, exploring new ways to drive interactivity and creating more engaging experiences. From managing screen space to developing the interactive interface and building new tools and options for ease of use, e-learning platforms have evolved to provide nothing less than a classroom experience. Considering the tremendous distance e-learning has covered in the past and the growing democratization of technology interactivity is the critical pillar around which e-learning will shape its progress further. Interactivity is one way of imposing corporate training strategies on the learning platform.
When one relates to a situation, it reduces the learner’s cognitive load. This, in turn, increases the ability to grasp the matter faster. A scenario can be built as a second-person conversation. Alternatively, it can be narrated through the play of concise text and rich visuals. A dynamic learning platform prevents overloading of the working memory by engagingly presenting the content.
Gamification modifies the brain’s reward and pleasure center and ameliorates learning. It is well established that games, whereby a person wins or receives positive feedback, can activate the brain’s pleasure circuits by inducing the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Gamification is one way of imposing corporate training strategies on the learning platform.
Here are the ways to gamify your learning platform to boost engagement, collaboration, and learning in remote, hybrid, and in-person learning environments:
- Adapt old-school games for classroom use
- Play digital games
- Create a quest
- Battle it out with a boss battle
Providing feedback means giving students an explanation of what they are doing correctly and incorrectly, with the focus of the feedback on what the students are doing right. It is most productive to a student’s learning when they are provided with an explanation as to what is accurate and inaccurate about their work. This in turn helps to streamline and improve the final learning outcome.