The Role of Microlearning in Continuous Professional Development

Microlearning is an essential approach that has brought significant benefits in continuous professional development (CPD). 

Microlearning involves using learning modules that are shorter for workplace learners. It has had an advantage over the conventional course-based learning that people struggled to complete. For instance, let us look at Sarah’s scenario: She is a 37 year old female educator and mother living in a rural area in Kenya. Amidst the demands of her profession and family responsibilities, Sarah diligently engaged in 40 microlearning sessions spanning two months, each lasting 10 to 15 minutes on enhancing digital literacy. The sessions covered topics like internet safety, basic coding, and technology integration. Guided by two moderators, this experience not only prepared Sarah for her role but showcased the impact of microlearning in addressing digital literacy challenges in underserved schools.

Additionally, microlearning in CPD allows flexibility and easy accessibility. Microlearning modules have been made available online, making them accessible from anywhere at any time on portable devices.  This allows different professionals to fit the learning modules into their busy schedules. Take, for example, Alex, a sales manager navigating the fast-paced world of business. Engaging with 20-30 minute sessions, Alex engaged with materials tailored to nurture his negotiation skills, mastered data analytics for sales, and explored innovative sales strategies. This showcases how microlearning strategies can deliver targeted skills even in workplaces. 

Microlearning also caters to a diverse range of learning preferences and needs, allowing different professionals to choose the format they resonate best with. For instance, microlearning embraces mediums such as videos, interactive quizzes, audio clips and visual infographics to promote impactful educational experiences. Microlearning, therefore, enhances targeted and personalized learning that addresses specific knowledge gaps, learning styles and individual roles that promote professional development in the workplace. 

Microlearning in CPD involves onboarding employees on company software skills, policies and technologies through bite-sized modules. This engagement creates room for performance improvement. Besides this, it allows easier performance tracking through analytics and reporting tools. Microlearning modules allow effective decision-making for CPD programs through this learner’s development and skills monitoring. 

In conclusion, microlearning is an important aspect of fostering CPD. It generally saves time and resources and promotes easier tracking of learning progress and development within the workplace. 

For those eager to explore the potential of microlearning and discover best practices in eLearning, we invite you to reach out to us. Whether you’re seeking engaging content, interactive courses, or a comprehensive Learning Management System such as Moodle or Moodle Workplace, we’ve got you covered. Our team is dedicated to tailoring educational experiences that align with your objectives.