In today’s digital age, we can easily be overwhelmed by the amount of information that is constantly available at our fingertips. This is undoubtedly true when it comes to corporate training. Especially when starting at a new company, it may seem daunting to learn all there is to know about a new job, new coworkers, or an unfamiliar industry.
This information overload is only amplified by the Internet, which provides information about companies on blogs, social media channels, and mainstream media outlets. Despite this potential flood of information, employing a bite-sized learning strategy can help your corporate learners focus on the facts that matter most.
The “bite-sized” concept encourages corporate trainers to identify pertinent information, break it down into smaller pieces, and streamline the delivery of that content in a way that is easy to digest in a short period of time. This will not only help employees feel less overwhelmed during training, but can also boost knowledge retention. Here are some tips for incorporating bite-sized learning techniques into your company’s training program:
- Use infographics. Do you have a detailed company roadmap or business timeline that could be useful to new hires? Break out the important data and combine it with useful graphics so employees can understand the company’s vision without getting lost in a list of names and dates.
- Avoid “death by PowerPoint.” PowerPoint and other slide-sharing tools can be a great way to deliver information, but learners may lose focus during monologue lectures that feature dozens of corresponding slides. Instead, shorten slide shows and use the slides to highlight the most critical information and offer digital copies of those slides after the fact.
- Spread it out. We all know that crash-course training programs often represent a data dump of information that is difficult to retain all at once. By giving employees “one bite at a time” over the course of a longer training program interspersed with days on the job, they will be more likely to remember important information and apply new skills in the workplace.
- Integrate Twitter into training. It doesn’t get more bite-sized than 140 characters, so find ways to allow your learners to ask questions, share knowledge, and receive training information via Twitter. This is a great way to meet employees where they are – on social networks – while delivering highly-relevant content.
Of course, we also think that managing your training content through Blackboard can help keep it bite-sized, since you employees will be able to reach back for critical “just-in-time” information while facilitating peer-to-peer collaboration. What bite-sized learning tips would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments below!