A. "What Is Microlearning: A Complete Guide for Beginners" (post; doc) introduces guiding principles for "small learning units or short-term learning activities."
1. Key Point: "Microtraining delivers short bursts of content for learners to study at their convenience."
- "Content can take many forms, from text to full-blown interactive multimedia, but should always be short."
- Though more common in industry, it can be successfully used for chunking a lecture or content, for online or in-class active-learning activities, or as introduction/review exercises.
- Note: While microlearning cannot replace a course or lectures, it is an excellent supplementation strategy for introducing, reviewing, summarizing, practicing, and reinforcing focused knowledge and skills.
2. See also
- "Where Does Microlearning Fit in Your Learning Strategy?" (pdf; industry model, useful content)
- "Microlearning:Dos's and Don'ts" (infographic)
1. "Microlearning Content Examples"
- "Text (phrases, short paragraphs)"
- "Images (photos, illustrations)"
- "Videos (of the short variety)"
- "Audio (short snippets of speech or music)"
- "Tests and Quizzes"
- "Games (e.g. simple single-screen challenges)"
2. "Benefits of Microlearning"
a. "It’s Faster To Deliver"
- "Fewer things to write means shorter course delivery times."
- "This lets you respond faster to changing ... goals and new ...demands."
b. "It's More Affordable"
- "You don’t ... need any special 'microlearning tools' to create your content; a regular LMS content editor will do."
c. "It's Flexible"
- It "can cover any subject that regular eLearning courses can, just in a bite-sized way."
- "[C]reate courses that give a broad overview of a subject or ... for complex topics."
d. "Learners Find It More Engaging"
- It is more like "checking your favorite social app on your smartphone, compared to the 'serious study' feel of regular training."
e. "It Boosts Knowledge Retention"
- "[W]hen you study something repeatedly and revisit it when you are close to forgetting it, you retain it much better."
- "Such repeated study fits nicely with microlearning units since they are small, self-contained, and easy to return to."
f. "It Gives Learners More Freedom"
- It "lets your learners enjoy casual learning whenever they have some spare time ... [and is] also easy to download and take with you when offline."
3. What Are the Limits of Microlearning?
a. "It's Not Ideal for Complex Concepts"
- "It’s still possible but will require more effort."
- "[Y]ou’ll need to break down the concept into simple parts."
- "That said, a bite-sized course is a great way to give a high-level view of a subject."
b. "It's Not Suited for In-Depth Training"
- "For example, you can use it to learn conversational German, but not to study German literature."
- "Still, in many cases ... a short self-contained course is exactly what’s needed."
4. Microlearning Best Practices
a. "Check Whether It’s Right For Your Use Case"
- "If your subject matter is complex, requires in-depth study, or calls for in-person training, microlearning is probably not for you."
- "That said, it might still be a good fit as a supplementary training method."
b. "Skim the Fat"
- "Don’t just paste chunks of your regular eLearning material into a microlearning unit and call it a day."
- "Write short and focused content that captures the essence of what you’re trying to teach."
c. "Use Multimedia to Spice Things Up"
- "Text alone will bore your learners."
- "Add relevant multimedia assets such as videos, photos, illustrations, and animations to keep their interest."
- "Choose the multimedia carefully ... [to] add to your subject, not just make it look 'pretty.'"
d. "Turn on Gamification to Boost Engagement"
If your microlearning platform supports gamification, add a few elements to your courses. Gamification, the not-so-secret engagement weapon of regular eLearning, is even more engaging if you combine it with a mobile-based microlearning experience.
e. "Use Micro-Assessments to Assess Progress"
Microlearning goes well with, you got it, micro-assessments. Use mini tests and short quizzes to make sure your learners are progressing with training goals.
C. Types of Microlearning Solutions (p. 13)