During my second year of college, I signed up for a macroeconomics class. I had only ever heard of microeconomics, but macro means big, right (?!) and I was considering opening a business. So, I decided bigger was better, and I went for it. However, bigger does not always mean better, you guys -- and I quickly learned that in order to understand macroeconomics, one must have a firm grasp on microeconomics (a grasp I did not have, since I’d never taken microeconomics).
Micro, macro, what’s with the Greek prefixes? Well, besides confounding the English language (that’s a whole other blog post), they essentially mean small and large, respectively. Throw one of those bad boys in front of a word, and it changes the meaning. Like, macroeconomics or microlearning.
What is Microlearning?
Microlearning is bite-sized, user-centric learning that is efficient and effective. Unlike macro-learning, where things can get in-depth, microlearning cuts straight to the point – without sacrificing relevancy or value of content. Studies have found microlearning to be more engaging for learners, and not surprisingly, the knowledge retention rate is higher.
Make no mistake about it -- you cannot just cut your same old training into smaller chunks. Microlearning modules and learning paths should be specifically created to engage the learner, quickly convey the necessary information, and support the retention and application of that knowledge.
A good rule of thumb is to adapt the miniskirt theory of writing for developing your training with the mantra, “Good training should be like a skirt: Long enough to cover the subject, but short enough to stay interesting.”
What are some examples of Microlearning?
- Show examples with short videos
- Use info-graphics and diagrams
- Provide concise text and step-by-step instructions
- Test learning often with just a few focused questions
- Build a library of just-in-time “how to” training items
- Require short follow up refresher courses to increase learner retention
- Incorporate quick online training modules and quizzes to supplement classroom training
How will Microlearning benefit me (and my learners)?
- It’s faster and easier to create and deliver than complex training
- It’s more engaging
- It leads to better retention
- It’s on-the-go friendly (and we all know that ease-of-use and accessibility are a top priority these days)
So what are you waiting for? Microlearning is an invaluable tool for training and eLearning that can save you and your learners time, and make your training more effective.
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