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The Benefits of Bite-Sized Learning

A key benefit of bite-sized training is that it is agile to run enabling learning and development teams to respond to new learning priorities and changes in the workplace.

The bite-size training model – short (90 -120 minute), high impact, modular courses is not new. We’ve been designing and delivering 120-minute courses across subject areas including leadership, personal effectiveness,  and wellbeing for 17 years. It is an effective way of delivering some of the top priorities for learning and development teams – speed, flexibility, and quality.

Speed

Bite-size courses are a cost-effective use of time as staff spend less time in training and find it easier to balance training with their everyday work commitments. Tried and tested courses are ready to run without incurring design time and costs.

And because the bite-size model provides a narrow and deep approach to each topic it’s possible to target skills gaps quickly.

Our client Daiwa Capital Markets explains why they use the bite-size model

Short courses are an ideal solution to our business needs when addressing targeted knowledge gaps as it provides our staff with development opportunities which can be delivered quickly and flexibly, with limited disruption to the business whilst also providing our staff with a practical and effective learning outcome.”

Moreover, if you’ve tried organising a 3-day course for a group of managers you will know the logistical nightmare it can be to find space in diaries; a series of short training courses is a much easier proposition.

Flexibility

A modular approach enables broad knowledge areas such as Leadership Development and Communication to be broken down into manageable chunks that are easy to digest and apply to workplace challenges.

Bite-size courses delivered in company can be arranged at times that suit the client, often scheduled around internal milestones and events. Similarly, courses can be customised using the company’s language, specific examples, scenarios or video to enhance the content.

Quality

The short course format requires the course designer to be highly selective; only the best models and exercises make the grade to achieve the learning objectives and avoid wasting precious time.

Bite-size courses are fast-paced and interactive. Courses are packed with exercises that involve the learner and stories which grab people’s attention in a way that a screen or PowerPoint can’t. We’ve learnt from experience that people are simply better at understanding and remembering information recounted in a narrative form.

A “menu” of bite-size courses can be used to create modular programmes containing a series of short courses over a longer period of time, rather than covering the material in a 3-day course. This enables employees to apply their learning over time as they complete the programme.

Energy levels

Sleep researcher Nathaniel Kleitman discovered that, throughout the day and night, humans cycle through 90-120-minute phases characterised by distinct levels of alertness.

The bite-size course format works with our natural energy levels helping participants to maintain engagement.

We offer over 70 bite-size courses which you can view here.

 

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