Forget extensive employee manuals and tedious training videos – microlearning is becoming more and more frequently used to supplement eLearning courses – and for good reason.
But before jumping headfirst into the microlearning pool, it’s critical that the basics are understood so that you can effectively use microlearning to your advantage, achieving sustained results from the get go.
What is microlearning?
The basic concept of microlearning is to provide educational/training material in short segments of typically around 3-5 minutes (or even shorter). This helps learners to focus on the ‘essentials’ of that area of learning and improves their ability to retain the knowledge or skill.
What makes microlearning effective?
Making sure that the segments of the learning course are divided into smaller chunks is key to effectively delivering information in the microlearning format. For example, rather than an informational video lasting an hour, covering a wide variety of information and topics, dividing this into shorter individual videos or combining with other types of content can be more effective. Learning is most effective when information is bite-sized, focused, and can be absorbed at any time, on any device. Therefore, microlearning must also be efficient and engaging to be effective. Microlearning must adapt to integrate the knowledge required for optimal learning, and ultimately drive employees towards success.
Types of microlearning
Microlearning enables material to be delivered through various forms of media, examples being…
There are generally 2 types of videos you can use for microlearning: animation and live action videos. Both involve the creation or use of characters and both tell some kind of story. This style of microlearning allows learners to connect with the content more effectively, using high-impact visuals to reinforce ideas.
Game based learning (gamification)
Nuggets of microlearning can be delivered through game based learning, which presents the information in a game-like format, making the learning process fun and engaging.
Interactive PDFs or eBooks present information in smaller, more manageable amounts. Rather than reading lengthy documents on your phone or tablet, the content is more visually appealing and manageable.
Infographics use minimal text and appealing visuals to convey key ideas, helping information to be digested rapidly.
Among the many benefits of microlearning, one is that it allows learners to absorb knowledge more rapidly through a range of formats which are suited to modern technologies. Large volumes of text, for example, are difficult to consume on the smaller screen devices, therefore bite sized information is more suited to the technology of today.
Another benefit of bite sized learning is that courses are cost effective to develop and to update as needed and allow for variation and customization. Also, because Microlearning teaches new skills in short and focused segments, this allows businesses to focus on the skills that would most benefit their employees and the organization as a whole, meaning employees are able to spend less time sitting in training rooms.
For more benefits of microlearning, be sure to check out upcoming posts