Both reinforcement and learner engagement are both critical to training success. Keeping learners engaged throughout a training program is an all too common challenge.
Without engaging content to keep learners invested, behavior change is an uphill climb and it is nearly impossible to close the skills gap. So how does microlearning help with engagement?
1. Reinforce with Engaging Content that Tells a Story
Instead of simply chopping up your training materials into bite-size lessons and messages, find ways to make that content interactive and reflective for each learner in the program. Also, pull out and combine content that specifically fits with your learning and behavior outcomes.
It’s important that each learning module and reinforcement program uses a variety of mixed media and interactive elements. This approach offers an optimal variety and balance that keeps participants engaged throughout all phases of the course.
2. Make Learning Convenient for Learners
Timing and convenience are incredibly important for effectively engaging learners throughout a training reinforcement program. For instance, self reflection questions should not be sent on a Monday morning when employees are preparing for the week.
Although it may seem counter intuitive, knowledge-focused questions should be sent during busier times, to help test knowledge levels.
Microlearning is gaining traction with leaders in the training industry because microlearning allows learners to learn at their own pace in a more personalized learning environment.
3. Keep Messages Concise and to the Point
Although the length of a message can vary depending on the topic presented and which phase of the course a participant is in, you want to make sure that reinforcement modules are not overly text heavy or too generic.
In order to keep a learner engaged and maximize retention for lasting behavior change, find creative ways to present the training materials in a new and different format. If your participants are just regurgitating information, there's no guarantee that they are actually internalizing the lessons and applying them to day-to-day performance.
For our reinforcement programs, we always recommend modules that vary the length of videos and audio tailored to each phase of learning. Because we also offer cloud-based learning environments that work on mobile and desktop, we also strive make sure that all of our Mindmarkers can easily be consumed on mobile devices without scrolling.
Being able to measure retention and skill development is crucial for driving lasting behavior change. Reinforcement programs are most effective when results can be measured for both business objectives on the trainer's side and also through feedback and results tracking for participants.
For instance, after participant has finished answering a question, they could be shown their results and feedback, allowing for improvement in weaker areas.
We know that engagement is vital to the ultimate success of your employees, and by extension, your business. For that reason, reinforcing training and keeping employees engaged are both imperative to the long-term health of your business and your employees' performance.