Four Elements that Spice Up Microlearning
Microlearning provides bite sized modules to end-users. To make them interesting, it is important for eLearning developers to add visuals, analogies, real-time situations, and other elements.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the U.S. will witness a steep rise in Millennial workforce in the coming years. With an increase in Millennials, it has become a Herculean task for organizations to train them, especially on compliance, product, and HR policies.
Moreover, after training, it is hard for employees to recall and retain the information. Here comes microlearning to the rescue of organizations in training the Millennials. In this type of training, information is broken into a series of small chunks that is easy to assimilate. Learners can access the learning modules that last for 5 to 10 minutes on their mobiles from anywhere to brush up the concepts. This reduces cognitive load and increases knowledge retention.
Despite these benefits, organizations are leaving no stone unturned to make microlearning courses intriguing and engaging, Well, we will now look at a few elements that need to be incorporated in the courses to keep learners focused.
Depict the information visually instead of cramming it with text. As, we know, it is easy to assimilate concepts by visualizing them rather than hearing and reading. For instance, you can walk through the troubleshooting process by presenting the steps as an infographic. This allows learners visualize the entire process and remember it easily. If you are planning to explain a compliance topic to the audience, you can weave a story in the form of visuals to imprint the concepts in their minds.
eLearning developers can use quizzes while introducing concepts to understand learners’ existing knowledge on the topic and at the end of the course to gauge their knowledge on the concepts learned. Quizzes can be of various types such as single/multiple choice questions, scenarios, asking the learner to label an image, sequence things in the right order, etc.
Incorporate real-time situations:
Learners will be totally engrossed in the learning process when they are explained through real-time situations they are likely to experience in their job roles instead of adding irrelevant situations. This helps them understand the problem and deal with it before they actually confront it. For instance, if you are providing safety training to your employees, you can train them on protecting themselves from electrical shocks using scenarios.
eLearning developers can use analogies to explain complex topics. This helps learners connect to the new concept by comparing it with what they already know. To be precise, it is comparing two things and bridging from the known to the unknown. For instance, if you want to explain about an IP address, you can use phone numbers, to explain the concept. Like phone numbers to communicate with people, an IP address is used to communicate with a device connected to the network. Incorporating this element helps learners grasp new concepts at a brisk pace.
The above mentioned are a few ways an eLearning developer can adopt to make microlearning modules intriguing and engaging. Do you have anything to say? Please leave a comment.