What is Microlearning
Microlearning is a scientific argument that learners have limited attention spans. As a result, it is best to break complex topics into bite-sized learning modules not spanning more than 5 to 10 minutes at a stretch. Breaking complex topics into bite-sized learning increases knowledge retention and learner engagement metrics.
What Does Microlearning Mean?
When compared to traditional eLearning courses which can span anywhere between 30 minutes to 45 minutes and even 1 hour in some cases, it breaks courses into short 5-minute training sessions grouped under umbrella topics.
Umbrella topics consist of multiple sessions. Learners complete these sessions and then attempt assessment modules. On successfully completing the assessment module, learners can access the next umbrella topic and all the sessions under it.
Ideally, these 5-minute sessions are a combination of interactive videos, whiteboard animations, and text-based slides with images. Instructional designers decide the order and combination of these umbrella topics and sessions. The aim is to simplify and structure complex topics in a logical order.
Microlearning as a learning strategy, works best when combined with a learning management system. An LMS can store micro-videos in a structured manner within its knowledge or media repository. The records on assessments attempted, passed, failed, and more are categorically stored for the L&D to access and compile.
In terms of practicality, microlearning should ideally be a part of your learning strategy. It allows learners to approach each topic within a subject at their own pace and complete it without forcefully sitting through long durations.
Benefits of Microlearning
Microlearning breaks complex topics into bite-sized sessions. Sessions assist with self-paced development and learning. Sessions also takes into consideration learner attention spans.
However, the benefits of designing microlearning courses reaches far beyond just learner attention spans and self-paced learning.
Some Lesser Known Benefits of Microlearning:
It supports mobile learning
Although originally unrelated, microlearning and mLearning or mobile learning are almost inseparable now. Keeping in mind the microlearning’s short session-based approach, it was no surprise that it perfectly paired with the concept of training people on their mobile devices.
The short videos are easier to consume on mobile phones as compared to long videos. Learners can now quickly access a session in between periods of free time either while waiting, travelling, or even when on their bed and relaxing.
Microlearning completely utilizes the mobile phone’s versatility and handiness to deliver training anytime anywhere and even on-the-go.
Today, the first element to consider when designing mobile learning is the ability to break training into bite-sized micro formats to suit learning on-the-go and engage learners at the same time.
It has known social media applications
Microlearning is the primary format of training used by every online training platform present today. It is a known fact that training platforms like Udemy, Upgrad, and HubSpot host their training in a micro format calling themselves microlearning platforms. However, it does not end there.
LinkedIn launched its long-anticipated extension to the professional social media platform called LinkedIn Learning. The extension requires users to pay an additional fee to access over 2000 courses by experts on varying topics.
However, LinkedIn maintains its own set of loyal learners who prefer microlearning for all their training needs.
Learners are versed with micro-format training
It is already ascertained that learners are well versed with consuming training content on one or the other popular training platforms. It is also known that almost all these platforms exclusively use microlearning to train its learners. Hence, for organization’s implementing micro-format training, it does not come as a surprise to their learners.
Rather, learners are more receptive to the idea since people are already familiar and very comfortable in most cases.
Types of Microlearning
Microlearning is more than just videos. It is any training or piece of content with the ability to quickly deliver training.
Some common types of microlearning are:
Short training videos of trainers speaking
Animated explainer videos
eBooks – 1000 words
As visible, any form of content that is short and quickly delivers training or information snippets to learners is a form of microlearning. Short trainer videos and animated explainer videos are popular microlearning examples. These two learning solutions are popular among organizations implementing microlearning strategies. They deliver maximum impact in a short amount of time.
Can eNyota Assist with Microlearning Development?
We have over 13 years of experience with developing and delivering training projects of all kind. We develop animated explainer videos which easily converts to microlearning. Moreover, we regularly work on projects which consist of developing slides, assessments, and animated videos that are combined with each other to develop a bite-sized training plan for mobile learning or mLearning and for use over learning management systems.
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