Bite-Sized is the Bright Sized
Bite-Sized is the Bright Sized.
For our learning design team, bite-sized has always been the right size. Trends continue to suggest that learners prefer their learning in chunks of 10 minutes or less. Tapas-style learning, highly digestible yet ultimately substantial. Bite-sized learning has always been better suited to our busy personal lives (think of those just-in-time YouTube videos where you learn how to bleed a radiator), so why shouldn’t the same be true of our professional lives?
Beyond the sheer convenience factor, there are many other reasons bite-sized learning is so effective. Here are three of the tastiest.
Targeted and Specific
Bite-sized learning allows you to group smaller amounts of similar content together. This means that learners can immediately see relevant points, and avoid the distractions associated with traditional e-learning, which can often feel a bit bloated. Appropriate categorisation and relevant, succinct subject grouping makes it easier for learners to process information, leading to better recollection and application in the workplace.
Minimises the Risk of Boredom
According to instruction specialist Abreena Tompkins, “physiologically, your neurons are keen and alert for no more than twenty consecutive minutes. At the end of those twenty minutes, your neurons have gone from full-fledged alert to total collapse, and it takes two to three minutes for those neurons to be completely recovered and back to the total alert state.”
Boredom is the death knell for effective learning, and reviving a bored adult learner can be nigh on impossible. Keeping learning short, snappy, subject-relevant and salient is key. With bite-sized learning, learners know that every morsel is relevant, so they’ll consume it with due attention and consideration. Adults have natural ebbs and flows of mental energy, so why would we create learning that does anything other than correspond with those cycles?
Better for Your Bottom Line
Our results show that using bite-sized learning at the right time isn’t just good for learner engagement, it’s also good for an organisation’s bottom line. In a recent case study with a leading automotive company, our e-byte courses enabled new members of staff to access short, relevant chunks of training based on the needs of the organisation, from day one. This allowed them to pick up vital skills whilst carrying out the job they were hired to do, and all in a low-risk environment. Staff who completed e-bytes were 25 times faster in their time to competence and met their targets, on average, two months before those who didn’t complete e-bytes. It’s also worth noting that they achieved this whilst spending no time away from their job.
So how can you make effective bite-sized learning? In our opinion, the key is removing all technical barriers to creating rich, engaging, trackable and accessible learning content. If you can empower your subject matter experts and sector specialists with the right tool set, like we did with our e-bytes courses, then the only problem remaining is deciding which business objective to tackle first.
Take a look at one of our example Playlists (our tool for creating bite-size learning – this one is on maximising the ROI of L&D). The simplicity of Playlists is its greatest strength. With a focus on curation and collation, in addition to creation, Playlists is the perfect tool to author bite-sized learning. It enables SMEs to re-aggregate and re-use – rather than always recreate – saving time and money.
If you’ve enjoyed this article, be sure to check out our blog series on e-learning design. It’s the perfect place to start if you’re thinking about creating award-winning e-learning.