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Six Super Microlearning Examples that Deliver Impactful Learning

Six Super Microlearning Examples that Deliver Impactful Learning

Microlearning has changed the way online learning is designed and delivered. While we are aware of the advantages of microlearning, and eager to implement it for our training, we must also consider its appeal to learners. Microlearning can create an impact only if it appeals to learners with different learning styles – visual, auditory or kinesthetic. Since microlearning modules are short and accessible at the point of need, learners will take them more willingly if they are in their preferred formats.

Fortunately, there are many microlearning assets such as videos, mobile apps, infographics, games, quizzes, or whiteboard animations that can be combined to help your various learners. Let us look at six such microlearning assets.

1. Videos

Videos are a good option when you have to explain a process or a procedure to your learners. A video can clearly explain the working of complex equipment or any skill that cannot be demonstrated in a classroom. The same thing explained through say a four-page document would not find many takers among your learners but a micro video of 2-3 minutes will certainly be viewed. This is because videos appeal to both visual and auditory learners. They meet the needs of multiple audiences with closed captioning, descriptive audio, graphics, and animation. Short videos that use a show and tell method promote better comprehension.

Short videos provide just-in-time support to employees and can be viewed on mobile devices which makes them easily accessible at the point of need. Videos and microlearning go together, especially when learning nuggets are delivered as short videos.

2. Whiteboard animations

Whiteboard animations can present information in a short and crisp manner to learners. They are usually in the form of hand-drawn illustrations that tell a story. These are useful to introduce or explain a concept or a process. When combined with audio, these whiteboard animations appeal to both auditory and visual learners. They catch the attention of learners and help them put a visual context to what they are learning and aid them to recall it in the future.

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Whiteboard Animations

3. Podcasts/Webcasts

Podcasts or webcasts help you to personalize training, providing information to employees whenever and wherever they need it. They can also provide additional information to learners and act as reference tools.

Podcasts can be accessed by employees when they are free or when the workload is less. They provide up-to-date information. They can be especially beneficial to auditory learners who learn best by listening. Make podcasts interesting and useful by inviting Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to offer tips, explore a work-related topic, or even share an anecdote from work; they need not be more than five minutes long. Experts from outside the organization can also host guest podcasts. These experts can share the latest knowledge for the benefit of employees.

4. Simulations

Coming to simulations, they work well in microlearning modules that teach a process such as sales process training. They provide an opportunity for employees to step into the environment and experience the challenge, without having to deal with the risks involved or the consequences of their actions. Bite-sized simulations used in microlearning modules can recreate the learner’s environment or on-the-job situation for review, analysis, or resolution, which will help him learn better.

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Simulations

5. Infographics

Infographics are a combination of visuals and text that simplify complex ideas. They are ideal for compliance training that involves facts, statistics, and trends. For instance, for a course on safety training, an infographic on the average rate of accidents on-the-job can be used to emphasize the importance of completing the training.

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They can also act as reference tools at the moment of need because they give a general overview of the topic. An infographic on the steps to follow before operating a machine can act as a quick refresher.

6. Games

Games offer a high level of interactivity for kinesthetic learners. Besides this, they are fun, engaging, and immersive. Work-related challenges can be transformed into a multi-level game. But for microlearning, the game must focus on only one learning objective. For instance, if the objective is to teach the learner about a company policy, the game should be limited to that policy. The real-world application must be emphasized in the game to prevent the learner from losing focus.

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Games

Games can also be used for reinforcing knowledge. They help the purpose of spaced repetition; when learners play these games, key concepts are reinforced and short play sessions over a period of time helps emphasize key concepts.

Microlearning assets provide learners an opportunity to build their skills and experience at the click of a button. These assets make learning fun; capture learners’ attention while helping them build their skills. Take your pick and use the microlearning asset that will bring you the desired results.

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