Training employees is simple. And the best way to do this is by building microlearning modules to assist with employee training. Microlearning is short and sweet and lets learners quickly consume training. It also facilitates quick delivery and access to self-paced training.
And so, building microlearning should be as easy as consuming it. We have put together 5 points to keep in mind when building your microlearning courses.
Here are 5 Points to Consider When Building Microlearning Modules
Convert your VILT recorded sessions into microformats
If you happen to have conducted some VILT training programs in the past and are left with the recordings of those videos, not knowing what to do, don’t just store them in some unused folder on your PC. Those recordings are more valuable than you think. With a little bit of ingenuity and updates, you can turn old VILT clips into brand new microlearning courses.
You can update any outdated bits of the recording, maybe add some additional assets, and also fill in the missing bits. Then convert these into new microlearning modules and grant access to learners. Additionally, you can also add these videos to other eLearning courses. Remember, recycling old content and breathing new life into it is always recommended.
Keep the micro-videos at a maximum of 8-10 minutes per module
When we talk about microlearning modules, we mean 8 to 10-minute modules that are easy for learners to consume and process. Anything longer than 10 minutes will lose its efficacy among learners as their concentration spans begin to hinder. Another factor to account for is the segmenting of highly complex topics into subtopics and determining the right run-time for each segment.
Highly complex topics are a little sensitive. Make them too short and you gamble with potentially leaving out important content. Make them too long and your course may become too much for your learners to consume.
Balance is the word to keep in mind when designing microlearning videos. Maintaining a balance will ensure that your content is easy to understand and digest for learners.
Include assessments at each interval
Since microlearning formats work on the modular segmentation of content, it provides training and development experts with the amazing ability to add assessments at the end of each module if desired. These assessments must reinforce what is taught to learners and ensure that they are ready to progress to the next topic.
Testing your learning is important. Additionally, depending on the type of learning management system that you are using, you can set completion policies that allow learners to progress only when they successfully complete the assessments. You can also build learning paths that allow learners to test their knowledge at specific intervals of training. It is a great way to ensure learners do not skip modules in their attempt to complete the training for namesake.
One thing to remember is that if you find learners often skipping modules, there is definitely a problem in your course, or it is just not relevant to learners. Maybe it is time to rethink.
Include practice files and resources wherever needed
Some software applications are extensive. Learners need regular training and hands-on practice to master such software. Additional practice files assist with training on such extensive software. These additional training files must be similar or along similar lines to the examples that are shown within the course. Learners then replicate what is shown within the modules.
This is common practise when training employees on software applications, data science, market assessment, and business analyst courses. These are used as assessment files for practice and is available to download based on the type of learning management system you use.
Determining what stays and what goes
Microlearning means short information or content snippets. To achieve this, you need to make the tough decision of cutting out certain bits of content and leaving the rest. We always say that “microlearning is not about what you decide to keep, it is about determining what you decide to cut out.” You see, cutting out bits of information is not as simple as you may think. It is quite difficult. In fact, as a content creator, you may feel that everything you put down is important for learners. But that is not how microlearning works.
Microlearning is a very lean format of training. Get it right by including only the most important topics. These bits must carry all the information needed to successfully complete the module without leaving the learners confused.
Clear, concise, crisp – three words to keep in mind when working on a microlearning project.
How can we assist you?
As an organization with over 14 years of experience with eLearning development, we can assist your organization in creating microlearning modules that are engaging for your learners. We also help you determine the right timing, content edits, and design layouts for the modules to keep your learners engaged. Additionally, we can assist with creating animated explainer video segments to further simplify complex bits within your eLearning course.