The new online training buzzword is “microlearning.” Although the term may be new to you, this particular learning theory has been around for hundreds of years.

Experts agree that learners only have about a 10-15 minute attention span. In order to keep your participants’ attention, effective training programs “chunk” information into bite-sized pieces with frequent, brief breaks.

Microlearning takes this learning theory a step further by implementing “micro-courses.” These online courses are only about 10-20 minutes in length focused on one particular topic. Learners will learn the most relevant, important information in the shortest amount of time. Maximize training; minimize time. Microlearning also packs a punch by utilizing multiple training methods within one course. A topical micro-course will have lecture, case studies, video and possibly some simulation.

Businesses looking to capitalize on this new trend are making these courses readily available to employees, at the drop of a hat. Employees can access these courses anytime they need to – especially right before they NEED to use the information. Using your company Intranet or a LMS, courses are hosted and available to your staff, 24/7.

Neat, huh?

So what are the benefits of implementing on-demand microlearning in your organization?

Keeps Training Costs Down

Although setting up courses on your company Intranet or LMS platform may take some initial funding, businesses will save money in the long run. Companies implementing a microlearning strategy will save money on facilitator costs, travel expenses, training materials and time spent preparing and implementing such training programs. Which brings us to the next benefit.

Saves Time

Since these courses are short and readily available, a lot of time is saved by both the training department and trainees. Your training department will save time negotiating with facilitators, working out schedules and handling travel arrangements and your employees will be able to learn what they want, when they want to just by the click of a mouse.

More Memorable

Another important benefit of microlearning is the fact that employees can access the material at any time. And, because the courses are short, employee can access the material right before they need it. This means that the learner will be interested in the material they are learning – any trainer knows this is half the battle when trying to get a team invested in a training program. Because the employees need to know the information that moment, they are more likely to pay attention and retain the information. If Steven is about to conduct an interview, he’ll likely tune in quickly to the “Effective Interviewing Techniques” micro-course, taking notes as he goes along.

Continuous Learning

Employees will find this method of learning helpful and effective. They will also appreciate that they can learn information when they need to. Because microlearning is very easy for employees, they will be more likely to use the courses more frequently. Not only will employees retain information, they will be excited about training and grow interested about other training microlearning topics they can find.

Moving Forward

Corexcel is proud to be a part of this innovating new method of training by offering two microlearning courses, The Manager’s Edge and The Leader’s Edge. These online courses can be broken up into brief, 25-minute sessions or taken together in a self-paced course. They offer brief, focused scenarios, expert video commentary and industry best practices.

The Manager’s Edge accelerates the development of supervisors and managers by having participants work through 21 industry-related scenarios on important topics such as:

  • Delegation
  • Conflict Management
  • Dealing with Difficult Employees
  • Administering Corporate Policies
  • Cost Budgeting
  • Employee Morale
  • And many more!

The Leader’s Edge helps sharpen leadership skills through its unique narrative learning approach. Our 15 scenarios engage leaders by asking them to think through common leadership challenges in the workplace, including:

  • Leading through change
  • Leading teams
  • Handling Conflict
  • Dealing with Direct Reports, Peers and Supervisors
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Dealing with Failure
  • And many more!

For more information on these or any other courses, contact us at or call us today at 1-888-658-6641 (M-F, 9am – 5:30pm ET).