In a fast-paced, digital world, it is bite-sized information that matters. And so, enterprises are now adopting microlearning content as a means to impart training to their employees and also to provide the information they need in a fraction of time. Microlearning offers great convenience of time and access in a fast-paced world. It is particularly appealing to learners who need precise and just-in-time information for performance support. (How Can Microlearning Nuggets Influence Sales Performance)
Microlearning can be formal or informal, however, in most cases, it is the latter. It is more learner-centric in nature and provides instant needs-based information. Besides, since each bite-sized nugget is about 3 to 5 minutes long, there is no information overload, and so the learners can learn, assimilate and retain better.
Microlearning is also appealing to businesses because it is fast-paced, affordable and lasts for a short duration. It costs less than traditional eLearning and can be developed, updated and deployed conveniently and quickly.
This being said, creating microlearning content is no easy task — given the short duration, you have to ensure that the information you provide is concise and accurate, closes all immediate information gaps, and is packaged in an engaging way using various media formats.
It is important to understand your target audience, their current level of skills and the knowledge gaps that need to be plugged. In today’s digital era, people are bombarded with information and so it is difficult to capture and retain their attention.
For microlearning to be effective, you should be able to cut through the noise and drive engagement, and the first step in this direction is to know your audience, what they want, and in what format they want their content.
A responsive mobile-first learning tool empowers you to create a master layout, which can be effectively viewed on all types of browsers. The tool will automatically reframe your content based on the screen size and resolution of the screen on which it is being viewed.
So, whether your employees view the microlearning content on a tablet, laptop or smartphone, they will receive the same benefit from the course. The other benefit is that they will be able to access mobile-ready content while on the move, on-the-job or when they have some free time in their busy schedule.
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Microlearning content is mostly in the form of videos usually 3 to 5 minutes in length. Learners can quickly watch these videos to explore a topic or know the steps to follow for a particular task. Auditory learners also benefit since they can absorb the content presented in the form of audio while visual learners benefit from images and graphics.
And for the hearing-impaired learners, you can even add captions and subtitles. While creating a video, do make sure to provide complete control to your learners, for example, they should be able to rewind, forward or pause to fully grasp the subject. Here are 9 Ways to Create Highly Effective Learning Videos.
Your microlearning content should focus on the subject at hand to prevent cognitive overload. It’s very important to understand what you wish to convey and that you filter through the information so that you don’t cover too much ground in a single nugget.
The best way forward is to stick to the topic and then provide links for additional information so the learners can explore sub-topics in their free time and access articles and other online resources. Including linked resources also saves time as employees don’t have to browse through the Internet in search of additional information.
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