In 1858, Landis Mason invented the Mason jar, designed for home canning and food preservation. Fast-forward to today, and you’ll see the Mason jar used for anything but canning! Herb gardens, adult beverage containers, lighting fixtures, soap dispensers, terrariums, etc. You name it, there’s surly a Mason jar hack for it. Check out 50 creative uses for mason jars:
So, what does this have to do with learning? Much like the Mason jar, Microlearning should be considered for a wide-range of use cases, as opposed to being a one-trick pony (reinforcing Instructor Led Training).
Why now? There are 3 major trends leading this innovative shift:
Regardless of your job title, company you work for, or your age, it’s easy to relate to these trends because we live them every day. We want information right when we need, in short bite sized burst and probably want our friends to know about it.
So, what are the most popular ways to use Microlearning today besides reinforcement?
While all of these use cases for Microlearning might not be for you or your organization right now, it’s always a good idea to have alternative, innovative ways to repurpose the "Mason Jar".
John is the CEO of LearnLoft, author of, F.M.L. Standing Out & Being a Leader and host of the 'Follow My Lead' Podcast. He writes or has been featured on Inc.com, LinkedIn Pulse, TrainingIndustry.com, eLearningIndustry.com, CNBC Money, and more. John completed his education at the University of Maryland College.