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Microlearning, another one of those buzzwords?

Essentially, ‘micro learning’ is the basic is providing 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 , thus improving their ability to retain the knowledge or skill.

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 it to your advantage, achieving sustained results from the get go.

What makes microlearning effective?

Making sure that the segments of the learning course are divided into smaller chunks is key to effectively delivering information.

For example, rather than an informational video lasting an hour, 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 allows learners to absorb knowledge more rapidly through a range of formats which are suited to modern technologies. When learners often need to be on the go, 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 customisation.

Also, 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 organisation as a whole.

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