By Shanna R. Teel, Contributing Editor
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.
- William Blake
Is micro-training the next generation of training and development? Micro-training is training delivered by subject matter experts, in short segments. These segments can range from 3 to 20 minutes in duration and can be delivered in person, or online via webcasts, podcasts, or through e-learning platforms. The purported benefits of micro-training include:
Increased learning (vs. information overload of traditional training courses) Catering to the new generation of learner Keeping learning and development on the strategic agenda during hard economic times (because it's cheaper) Supporting informal learning
Increased learning (vs. information overload of traditional training courses)
Catering to the new generation of learner
Keeping learning and development on the strategic agenda during hard economic times (because it's cheaper)
Supporting informal learning
As I understand micro-training in a online environment, subject matter experts record several short videos offering a truncated, or micro, version of their training. Participants would log on to a designated Web site (internally hosted or online) at their leisure to take the required and elective training courses as needed. The overarching benefit here is that large organizations can pay as they go (or get a volume discount) which could result in the training modules being as affordable as $1.99 per person. Yes, a $1.99 per person! Sounds incredibly cost-effective.
My question to you: Will micro-training work? Would you buy it as an internal learning and development or HR professional? And, will learning actually take place?
Besides cost-savings, what is the value proposition for micro-training?
Please let me know, and thanks!
Shanna R. Teel is the founder and CEO of Dr. Shanna Teel & Company, Inc., a leadership and human capital management consulting firm. She has worked more than 15 years as a talent and performance management consultant, executive coach, and facilitator of adult learning.