Delivering online training modules of short duration, popularly known as Microlearning, is more relevant in this fast-paced, tech-driven world than lengthy modules. And as employees today are way too occupied multitasking and running around to meet deadlines, it becomes difficult for them to manage time between project deadlines to accommodate training. So, microlearning becomes more of a necessity than a luxury. Whether it stands on its own or is part of a bigger strategy, it always helps impart knowledge quickly, improve specific skills, and ensure better knowledge retention. But how do you get started with microlearning? Here are 5 useful tips to keep in mind when getting started with microlearning.
1. Make learning available at the point of need
As the millennials spend most of their time on their Smartphones, ensure the online training courses you develop are mobile compatible. This ensures the modules provide better on-the-job, just-in-time support for your employees as they can be accessed anytime, anywhere, and on any device. For example, videos on wearing and handling PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) appropriately can be accessed by employees just before entering a hazardous area. Note that all mobile learning is microlearning, but all microlearning need not be mobile learning.
2. Break it down into indivisible components
Providing one piece of information at a time supports better learning retention. Microlearning supports this fact. And that is why it is so popular. Having said that, you must keep in mind that there is at least and only one performance objective per module. For this, you need to make sure the content you are presenting as a micro module is broken down into learning points that are easily digestible and can’t be chunked further. For example, in a safety training curriculum, you can have a short module on the PPE to be used in a particular hazardous area, and another module on how to use them.
3. Ensure a learning objective can be accomplished in a single sitting
Millennials are accustomed to and expect quick information access. They need it to be short and to the point. So, avoid loading your microlearning modules with excess content and repeating key points like the usual training sessions. Content must be tightly-scripted which can be easily communicated within 10 minutes so that learners can achieve the learning objective in a single sitting. So, avoid adding heavy text and killer bullets; use representational images, short stories, animations, and videos which convey information quickly. This also helps you reduce cognitive load on the learners.
4. Consider different formats for different types of content
Microlearning cannot always be a typical e-learning course. You must consider different formats for different types of content such as short videos, infographics, discussions forums, quick games, etc. When it comes to access on mobile devices, these formats are easier to access than lengthy and elaborate e-learning courses. Staying on with the example of a safety training curriculum, you can provide infographics on the various Personal Protective Equipment or PPE to be used in each hazardous area, videos for donning and doffing those PPE, and quick games on handling different hazardous situations.
5. Exclude the nice-to-know content
Any course contains both need-to-know and nice-to-know content. The former is the core subject and the latter adds detailed descriptions, interesting snippets of information, and examples for better comprehension of the subject. But to keep it short and to the point, you need to avoid loading micro modules with too much of the nice-to-know content. You can always provide access to the nice-to-know content through hyperlinks and resources.
These are 5 useful tips to help you get started with microlearning. You need to make it available in different formats for mobile accessibility, break it down into indivisible learning points with each module not more than 10 minutes each, and avoid too much of the nice-to-know content.
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