What is Microlearning?

Microlearning is the process of learning through bite-size content and short activities. This concept helps to combat boredom and poor retention when employees undertake learning and development (L&D) activities, whether this be through videos, audio such as podcasts, or reading. The content is broken down into short learning segments, usually between 5 and 15 minutes long, and keeps a focus on specific learning objectives. 

Why use Microlearning?

Microlearning can be used in a variety of situations, including as a support resource which allows employees to gain a deeper understanding of a specific topic. Research shows that when trying to learn something, an individual needs to revisit the information multiple times, usually in different formats, to move it to their long-term memory. So, by having micro lessons on important topics, employees are more likely to complete the course and take in more information. Microlearning platforms are ideal for delivering these concise lessons, ensuring employees stay engaged and retain more information.

Microlearning breaks down potentially complex ideas, topics, or courses into short, succinct, and manageable lessons, aligning perfectly with workplace development goals. This ensures that learning is not only effective but also relevant to the organisation's objectives.

Microlearning Examples

Microlearning can be used in a variety of ways for a multitude of topics. For example: 

  • Onboarding new employees
  • Technical skills training for new systems 
  • Best practices
  • New initiatives 
  • Refresher courses 
  • Communication tips and tricks 
  • In-house processes 
  • Power skills 
  • Introductory/summary/overview content
Listening to audio courses
Listening to audio courses

Benefits of Microlearning 

So, there are many benefits of using microlearning in your organisation.

Higher Engagement and Satisfaction Levels

Research shows using microlearning in your learning and development can increase engagement by 50%, and learners have an improved retention rate. This is thanks to the courses being short and specific, as well as possibly reducing cognitive overload. 

Higher satisfaction levels were reported when using microlearning in L&D, with the majority of the workforce being either millennials or Gen Z. They found that having short courses increased the satisfaction of the learner while meeting the needs of the organisation. 

Mobile Learning

Microlearning is great for those constantly on the go, so they can build the skills at a time that suits them. This is especially useful for those that travel a lot for work, for example, those in Sales, as they can listen to a 10-15 minute podcast lesson when they’re on the move

Also, learning can be transformed through gamification. This helps keep employees engaged and focused on the learning in the moment. It can also mean they look forward to doing L&D because it’s been made fun, and they’re not just clicking through an uninspiring PowerPoint or watching a long video. 

Must-Have Skills Through Self-Learning

Having self-learning options in your L&D offering increases the learner’s motivation. It facilitates flexible and personalised training so employees can choose what they want to learn and when. 

By using microlearning platforms, organisations can help equip their employees with the must-have skills for their job, which can help them become more effective in their roles. This type of learning is also great for those wanting to explore different roles within the company, aligning with workplace development goals.

Defined Goals

Microlearning has particularly defined goals due to the short length of the courses or segments. It helps employees learn without distracting them from their daily tasks. 

Microlearning on the go
Microlearning on the go


Microlearning is something that is being used a lot in organisations today, as it is less time-consuming to use as an employee or create as an employer. Also, it is versatile, meaning it can be adapted to different purposes. The content is tailor-made to the L&D needs of the organisation and the objectives they want to achieve due to the short nature of the learning material. Overall, microlearning platforms can help your employees develop their skills and fuel engagement, supporting your workplace development goals. 

If you’re interested in learning more about short courses that are tailored to your organisation, book a call today!