Although computer-based training has been on the scene for over two decades, it is only recently that learning professionals have begun to optimize it. Often these courses present hours of content in a single learning experience.
While the flexibility of computer-based training offers convenience, learners are often overloaded and overwhelmed by the amount of information presented to them.
Because of this, learning professionals began to shift away from this approach that focused primarily on convenience and ease of delivery to one that would help them achieve their learning objectives. With this shift came the advent of microlearning, or content that is delivered in small bursts.
This method of learning delivery avoids the information overload of methods past while also adhering more closely to adult learning principles. Armed with content that is shorter, more engaging, and overall more consumable; learning professionals are more prepared to combat the many challenges inherent to delivering effective training.
While learning professionals saw tremendous gains in effectiveness by implementing the microlearning approach, forward thinkers with a mind for science sought to keep improving with the introduction of nanolearning.
Nanolearning refers to bite-sized learning experiences designed to achieve a single learning outcome. This less is more approach presents only the content that is required to achieve that desired outcome, as opposed to the lengthy traditional courses that present many learning objectives in a single experience, or even a microlearning course focusing on a handful of objectives.
Both micro- and nanolearning approaches are better suited for the way we learn. The true differentiator between nano- and microlearning is the strict focus on achieving a single learning outcome. Focusing on a single learning outcome at a time leads to better retention and behavioral transfer by avoiding information overload, making the best use of our short attention spans, and adapting to the fast-paced, dynamic environment of the average professional. Adopting a nanolearning approach for delivering training demonstrates a true commitment to achieving results from your learning investment.