With the benefits of eLearning in the workplace discussed in a previous article, the focus is now on the growing trend of micro training through your own device (Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD).
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or your Own Technology (BYOT) has gained popularity in recent years when it comes to employee training. More than half of South Africans are connected to the internet through smart devices. This makes eLearning through a smartphone/tablet, a viable option for South African employers.
Smart phones have become extremely popular in recent times, to such an extent that the average person mostly use this device for the bulk of their personal administration and entertainment. It has been estimated that smart devices get checked over a 100 times a day; this makes the smart device one of the best mediums for eLearning. The personal device gives the employee greater access to corporate training, making it social and user-friendly. Harnessing the employee’s own device sparks interest with the employee, which in turn results in a more engaging learning process.
Micro learning is based on the concept that small amounts of very specific information, that forms the crux of a specific skill or concept, should be focused on. So rather than overloading the learner with data, micro learning gives you the opportunity to provide small segments of information so that the mind can process it more effectively.
Implementing micro and social learning through BYOD can dramatically increase the learner’s knowledge retention, as the learning material is broken down into bite-sized (micro) modules which the learner must master before moving on to the next micro module.
When and where ever
With micro learning, we are no longer limited to a predetermined schedule or period of time (3 or 6 months), we can learn on-on-the-go. Thus, the learner can decide when and where they want to participate.
Micro learning through BYOD can cut down on costs, as the modules can be skill-specific and to the point. This could be a fraction of the cost of developing or enrolling an employee on a full course.
Reduced loss of productivity
Using the BYOD model also means less downtime of the employees, as they are no longer required to be in a traditional classroom – this limits the negative impact on workplace productivity.
Micro learning typically follows a one-step-at-a-time-approach, which means we can target specific skills, and thus fill learning gaps quickly. This in turn improves the performance of the employee.
For example, an employer can select a specific task or operating procedure, film it and immediately disseminate it to all the necessary staff through the use of the employees own device.
As micro learning takes place at the learners own pace, and is condensed into manageable modules it can encourage ongoing learning and motivate learners as progress is instantly visible.
SEESA Skills Training offers eLearning solutions to their clients in order to address the these issues. Please contact your nearest SEESA office for more details or simply visit our website at https://training.seesa.co.za