Microlearning has taken the e-learning industry by storm with its myriad of benefits and advantages over other forms of learning strategies.
What is Microlearning?
Microlearning is a learning strategy that involves bite-sized learning nuggets that are designed to meet a specific learning outcome or achieve a learning objective.
From the lengthy traditional e-learning modules, the learners, as well as the organisations, started to embrace the microlearning nuggets or bite-sized learning modules. The short duration of the learning content with high engagement and interactivity helps the learners to achieve the objectives and goals of learning.
In this blog, let us see what are the various ways to deliver microlearning in e-learning
The primary objective of the instructional design process here is chunking down lengthy learning topics to micro-nuggets.
While this is not a technique in the instructional design process, I feel that every designer should mandatorily follow this practice or objective. Failing to achieve this objective can lead to failures in the instructional design strategy of the microlearning process.
While chunking down the learning content, the designers should be very careful and every micro nugget should include an individual learning objective to be achieved by the learners.
Serious games are games that are designed for other than entertainment. These are popular short games that are designed and can be included in the microlearning modules. We had recently developed serious for a client who required to understand and measure the knowledge level of the job applicants. The microgame adapted the theme of a board game with a dice to roll. The learner progresses through the various stages of tasks and challenges to achieve the learning objectives and earn rewards.
3. Micro Podcasts
According to Wikipedia- A podcast or generically netcast is an episodic series of digital audio or video files which a user can download and listen.
In the learning domain, podcasts are very useful for auditory learners who love listening to the content than viewing them on the screen.
Microlearning podcasts is an effective microlearning technique to use in instructional design. But the instructional designers should be very careful in this approach as podcasts should effectively be able to communicate the learning objectives to the learners. Without visuals to complement the learning process, the audio should be scripted effectively to make the learners understand the learning process.
Podcasts can be also used when the learners are required to be given instructions. For example, organizations can include several microlearning podcasts that speak about various sales strategies.
The learner can subscribe or download the podcasts and hear them at his convenience. Each podcast will cover a single objective thus ensuring that there is no cognitive overload for the learners. The internet giant Google had recently launched the Google Podcasts android app which allows the learners to listen and subscribe to podcasts on a variety of topics. Podcasts are also useful in areas where there is low internet bandwidth or lower connectivity as sounds without visual doesn’t require more internet bandwidth
4. Micro Presentations(services like SlideShare )
Micro-presentations are one such effective microlearning technique to use in instructional design approach to deliver microlearning content. With the ‘app culture’ in the society, there are many organizations which launched own mobile application to stay connected with the employees and customers.
Organisations can use such apps to deliver micro learning nuggets to the employees. For example, I had recently installed an app of a popular company in the health and well-being space. The app pushes daily tips and short messages to the inbox on leading a healthy lifestyle.
Another very popular example is SlideShare, with over 18 million uploads in 40 content categories, SlideShare is one of the top 100 most-visited websites in the world. It allows the learners to learn from a wide variety of learning topics which are in the form of smaller slides. The slides mostly present the content in the concise formats.
Short animated explainer videos have already proved to be an effective microlearning technique to engage the learners.
The growth of technology has further fuelled up the importance and growth of the microlearning videos. With no cost involved an organization can start an official YouTube channel to upload microlearning videos and make it accessible to the learners. Another common practice that is seen today is the use of WhatsApp groups where the content are easily shared across the groups.
The smaller size and small duration of the content has made it possible for both the organization as well as the learners to an easily share it across as well as access the learning content from anywhere and any device
Learning is incomplete without including assessments. Assessments help the learners to identify and judge the progress of the learners. Even when there is classroom training, microlearning can be used to effectively blend with include online assessments to test the learners’ progress.
Microlearning is not always about videos, the organisation can use several other elements like interactive and non-interactive infographics etc.
I feel that a well-designed infographic can simply create an amazing user experience to the learners. The Infographics condenses information in very short form by ensuring that the learner gets only the most relevant information. The use of high-quality graphics content on the infographics helps in grabbing the learners attention and subsequently help the brain to formulate the patterns which help in easy recollection and retention.
These are popular ways to deliver microlearning. At you organisation do you have any innovative approach of delivering microlearning, if yes feel free to share your suggested microlearning approach using the comment box below and we would love to make it a part of our future blogs?