Microlearning delivers educational content to learners in small, very specific bursts. Learners are in control of what they learn and when they learn it. This type of learning is ideal for busy employees; they can learn what they need to know, when they need to know it. Microlearning facilitates learning:
- When employees have limited available time for continuing education.
- When workers have a short attention span.
- When knowledge is easily broken down into short, specific video assets.
- When corporations are looking for a low-cost, reusable learning solution.
Creating Microlearning Content
Implementing microlearning provides a reusable and affordable employee training solution. Employees report positive results with microlearning, and enjoy the microlearning process. When creating microlearning content, keep the following tips in mind.
- Limit each microlearning video to just one learning objective. This keeps video content short and focused.
- Use video. Video is a preferred learning medium for many younger learners, and can easily reach multiple learning styles.
- Create good-quality videos. Keep the camera stable, and integrate visual aids.
- Keep videos short. Microlearning videos should typically be between one and four minutes each.
- Script approximately 120 words per minute of video content. Keep your content crisp, clean and limit anything extraneous.
- Implement assessments. One of the most effective ways to assess learning is to ask someone to explain what they’ve learned; however, quizzes and questionnaires also work well.
The Benefits of Microlearning
Microlearning offers a range of benefits for both companies and employees, particularly when integrated into a larger employee training program. Learning Retention
Microlearning can improve retention. Since there’s only a small amount of information, it’s more effectively processed and absorbed. Workers can choose to work in an environment most appropriate for their own learning style. Low Costs
Microlearning requires relatively little investment. Even high-quality videos take little time or money to create, and can be used by a large number of employees. Targeted Improvement
Rather than having to spend time reviewing or learning unnecessary information, microlearning enables the learner to learn just what is needed, rather than a range of information that may not be useful. Mobile-friendly
Learners can easily review microlearning content from a mobile device, like a smartphone. This makes it practical to fit learning into small, available windows of time. While microlearning is a useful addition to employee training, it is not practical for all applications. Complex tasks and information may not be well-suited to microlearning, and microlearning does not contribute to larger, long-term performance goals.