Big Ideas: Adding Micro Lessons to your Learning Program
Today’s employee is overwhelmed, distracted and connected to work 24/7. Information is coming at our knowledge workers in unprecedented rates. These distractions to our modern workers’ attention are competing with our training efforts. When they need to learn something and if they can’t find it from you and it isn’t in a format that engages them, they will look for resources outside of the resources you are providing.
We need to adjust what we are doing to compete with their short attention spans. Developing microlearning content is a tool you should consider. It is a method of learning, where very specific concepts and ideas are presented (or retrieved) in very small chunks, over very short time-frame (think around 3 minutes), often at the point of need, or at the point of maximum receptiveness. These small pieces of content must be able to stand alone; but they can be and often are part of larger learning objective.
Microlearning deals with relatively small learning units and short-term learning activities. ~ Wikipedia
Some of the benefits of using micro learning techniques include:
- Increased engagement by providing the learner flexibility to learn what they need, when they need it, and in the case of a tool like Live Content Studio, where they need it.
- As a reinforcement tool for spaced repetition and practice while being integrated into the daily work routine.
- To increase the effectiveness of your other training efforts as part of a blended program or continuous learning program.
- Providing the learner with a sense of accomplishment and creating an engaging and positive connection to learning.
To create microlearning content:
- Start by defining the learning objectives. You will only assign one objective for each learning asset.
- Pick a format that allows you to develop and create content efficiently. eLearning is generally considered to be an effective medium for performance-based training. But this could be quizzes, games, email tips.
- Organize your content by separating the essential objectives from the “good to know” objectives. Remember that while each module is self-contained, it can and likely will be part of a larger learning program or learning path. You can always include those “good to know” objectives in another format.
- Get granular and get to the point. Each module presents only one skill objective and the actions, text and audio should convey only the most essential information about the topic. Try to keep modules to 3 minutes or less.
- Make a connection for the learner and link what you are teaching to what they already know. When teaching technical skills use examples and documents that are relevant to the work. For other types of content, tell relevant stories.
- Test and refine. Microlearning is simply a different learning tool. Best practices for testing and refining content still apply. You should always gather feedback and refine your content and delivery as necessary.
Consider adding micro lessons to your blended learning program. It can engage users in learning while increasing their performance on the job. TutorPro has always developed our courseware with this in mind. Want to learn more about our courseware? Contact us.