What is microlearning?
Microlearning to put in simple words is a piece of learning that comprises small nuggets of information, usually spanning only a few minutes of seat time targeting a specific learning objective.
What it not microlearning?
Microlearning is NOT about attention spans. People pay attention only when the stuff presented to them is interesting. Whether it is an hour-long course or a 5-minute Microlearning nugget, interest is crucial.
Microlearning is an important way to improve learners’ recall and understanding of crucial concepts and use them as learning aids during the moment-of-need during their daily work.
Is microlearning self-contained?
Yes, a Microlearning course should be self-contained and not as a shorter chunked piece of a large course.
Is Microlearning synonymous with mobile learning?
No, Mobile learning, is learning that is accessible through your smartphones or tablets and is basically, learning on-the-go. Mobile learning naturally utilizes concepts of microlearning, but we can have microlearning concepts applied to traditional eLearning as well.
What are some guidelines to create good microlearning content?
Microlearning must incorporate as many of the following guidelines as possible to be truly “micro” in learning:
- A standalone piece of content
- Focus on specific learning outcome
- Uses rich multimedia, game-based strategy, and so on to engage the learners
What is moment-of need?
The moment of need is the moment when a learner needs help. It acts like a catalyst for the employee. For instance, when an employee approaches a moment – like a sales meeting or a pitch, you can have a microlearning session to prepare.
How microlearning helps?
Better Engagement for Learners
To start with, microlearning engages the learners better as it is targeted for a specific learning objective and is of shorter duration. Microlearning content is not more than 5 to 10 minutes, and thus learners don’t feel the fatigue factor of going through longer courses.
Better Retention Of Concepts
Short microlearning courses are designed to address one learning objective and can be presented in a couple of screens as video and animation or 2 animation pages. Because of this, learners are able to understand what action needs to be performed or the learning outcome that needs to be accomplished. The result is better retention of concepts
Better Transfer To The Job Of The Concepts Learned
A microlearning course helps learners to understand the concept better as the concept is directly mapped to an action that the learner must perform in the job. The memory drop after training is also reduced as learners can take the microlearning course at any place and any time to refresh their understanding of the concept.
Benefit For The Organizations-Faster Development And Easy Deployment
Microlearning courses are faster to develop and deploy, and thus they fulfill the needs of the organization to train their staff very quickly without investing a lot of time on cumbersome and long training modules.
Where do we implement microlearning?
Microlearning can be used in a variety of situations. It can be given as a quick refresher to backup the classroom or face-to-face training. Or, it can be implemented as a quick learning nugget to reinforce a concept. It can be provided as a standalone activity before a training to enthuse the learners on what is to come.