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MicroLearning and Dining Room Chairs

by Debra Mascott, Director of eLearning Curriculum, Research Rockstar, LLC

chairsLast spring I was inspired to re-upholster my six dining room chairs. It’s not rocket science, so I made a trip to Home Depot. Before I went to the store, I searched the web for instructions, watched a few YouTube videos, and quickly looked in our paltry toolbox to see what tools we had. Those few steps are, in essence, microlearning. I had visual and written instructions, an inventory list of equipment on-hand, and an inventory of supplies needed. Plus, I had resources and experts to help me with any questions. That’s microlearning.

Can Microlearning be applied to Market Research?

Microlearning does not have to be complex or onerous. Indeed, Research Rockstar has long advocated microlearning. Similar to traditional learning, microlearning uses good instructional design principles to create measurable objectives and to generate clear outcomes. It is not a stretch to say that microlearning can apply to market research. In a blog post entitled, “No More Bloated Training,” Kathryn Korostoff, President of Research Rockstar, writes, “How many times have you taken a training course and felt that you really got a good return on your investment? It is not only the cost of the seminar, but the cost of your time? I think there are reasons why online training is taking off. Travel cost is certainly one of them as well as time out of the office.” Microlearning, and by extension online learning, is about convenience and instant access.

Research Rockstar’s classes are concise, efficient and practical. The topics range from “10 Point Checklist,” to “Conducting Research Interviews,” to “Improving Customer Satisfaction,” and many more. Most of our classes take 90 minutes to 6 hours hours to complete. No full days allocated away from work and home.

Microlearning to Shrink the Skills Gap

In a white paper article from Grovo, microlearning is credited with shrinking the skills gap. The authors state that, “… microlearning has consistently achieved higher rates of improvement in performance, value, and return on investment over traditional methods of training, and on top of that, the bite-size approach is significantly faster, easier, and cheaper to produce.”

The benefit of microlearning is twofold: the learner is able to retain shorter, bite-size chunks of information and the trainer is able to develop content more quickly and responsively. It’s a win-win. With attention spans shortening and a rise in sophisticated digital technology, it’s no surprise that microlearning is gaining momentum in general, and we believe, specifically for market research.

checklist of toolsA good example of microlearning is a course offered by Research Rockstar, “Social Media Meets Market Research.” The topic is practical, timely and conducive to learning effectively. The course explores a wide variety of tools and methods to leverage social media for market research project needs. And at just 90 minutes in duration, the training is fast and fun.

Nailing That Market Research

Microlearning can apply to both market research and upholstered chairs! I went to the home improvement store, and was soon after hammering at upholstery nails. Market researchers and other professionals will select micro topics of interest to learn how to wield new tools, too.


Debra Mascott

Debra Mascott is a training and development professional and instructional designer with several years of experience providing effective, efficient and engaging training for a wide-ranging audience. She is a proficient eLearning designer/developer transforming complex content into visually engaging learning activities. Recently completing a Master’s degree in Education from University of Massachusetts/Boston, she joined Research Rockstar in 2014 as an eLearning Director of Curriculum Development.

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2 thoughts on “MicroLearning and Dining Room Chairs”

  1. Interesting article, Debra. I do part-time dog training (as well as having a full-time job in marketing) and as I was reading it, I was reminded of some dog training research that basically said that dogs learn behaviors faster in short training sessions spread throughout the day. It sounds similar to microlearning. A benefit of these short sessions is that the humans enjoy the training more too because they don’t have to put aside a large chunk of time each day and they don’t get bored as easily.

  2. Microlearning sounds like an interesting concept that would work well with our limited time & training budgets.

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