- Just-in-time training or micro-learning are ways to create impactful yet direct learning that can be learned on the go. "Delivering short, focused content on demand is part of a general trend toward giving learners greater control over how and when they consume e-learning content," says Pamela S. Hogle, staff writer for Learning Solutions Magazine.
- The immediate nature of just-in-time content enables learners to retain information through immediate reinforcement. For example, they are exposed to the new information and within seconds are putting it to use in the real-world. Keeping it focused on performance matters, says Hogle.
- Just-in-time content should be easy to find and organized in tagged folders. It should also be mobile friendly and brief. Content can teach skills, products, or other topics that can be put to immediate use — such as giving a product demo to a client.
The concept of just-in-time learning may remind some adults of last minute cram sessions in college, but it's effective because of the way that the human brain processes new information. When employees are presented with new content and it can be put to use immediately, this helps the new information to stick for the long term.
Hogle shares expert advice on how to structure and make the most of this micro-learning in a work environment. All employers that are developing or seeking learning content can learn something valuable from these tips, particularly the need to organize content so that learners can find it quickly when they need it.