What is Microlearning?
Microlearning is a short 2-minute to a 5-minute course that is designed to teach a specific topic or fact that can be of immediate use to the learner in their work or in their macrolearning course.
It should be noted that microlearning is not a simple splitting of a large course into smaller chunks.
Why use Microlearning?
In the demanding, high-pressure work environment of modern-day businesses, learners cannot always afford to spend a large amount of time in one single stretch for training purposes.
In such situations, it is far more practical to integrate training into the everyday work routine in the form of small bits of learning. Deriving from this necessity, we can see that mobile platforms are ideal for Microlearning since everyone has at least one on their person at all times.
What are the different Microlearning techniques?
Taking into account that most if not all micro lessons will be distributed through mobile phones, here are some examples of microlearning methods that are suitable for the workplace.
Simple, colorful, and concise, infographics are easy to develop and easy to deploy. The visual representation of information will offer a higher retention time and their format allows learners to quickly review information.
The most basic and accessible format available; a pdf is a solid option for those who prefer a more descriptive approach than what an infographic can offer.
- E-books and Flipbooks
E-books are very handy formats that allow you to create visual appeal as well as provide some interactiveness to greatly enhance the learning experience.
- Animated Images
Dynamic visual images provide a more engaging learning experience compared to static images. These can serve as great learning aides and will leave less room for confusion for tricky topics.
- Whiteboard animation
Combining text, visuals, and audio is a great way to grab a learner’s attention. Animation with text and visuals with audio explanation will greatly increase retention in learners.
- Interactive media
Adding an interactive element to learning is guaranteed to increase learner engagement with the course. This can be in the form of interactive images, interactive videos, or a gamified learning experience.
On-demand content is very useful for learners with fluid schedules. Podcasts allow learners to listen while performing other tasks and thus not use any extra time.
Lectures by experts are very useful as learners gain deep insight into their field.
- Mobile apps
Mobile apps allow learners to take their lessons with them and learn when needed without requiring an internet connection. This becomes very useful for employees who travel a lot and are not guaranteed a good internet connection.
- Interactive scenarios
The concept is similar to old text-based games where learners are presented with scenarios and options from which they can choose how they progress. This allows learners to understand real-world situations and how to handle them.
With all the tools at our disposal, we need only implement them with care and precision to fully utilize the potential that awaits.