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Microlearning: the Basics, Benefits & 5 Powerful Tips for First-timers

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Microlearning is being embraced by organisations increasingly. If you are new to microlearning, how do you go about it safely and confidently.

This article aims at giving you a clear direction to get microlearning right the first time…as well as each time thereafter!

Let’s make it easy for those new to microlearning with the right set of questions, benefits and tips.

Why is microlearning a must-have? Today’s fast-paced learners want learning that’s relevant, quick and fun. Short bursts of microlearning can cater to any industry be it manufacturing or service oriented. Microlearning caters to all functions be it production/operations/IT, finance, marketing & sales, supply chain & distribution, purchasing, logistics, HR, PR & legal, R&D, purchasing, customer service, administrative and so on. Microlearning snippets serves the 4 major training purposes viz. to supplement, reinforce, augment, or remediate learning. This makes it a must-have!

What makes it work? Well, the secret to making it work depends a lot on having a good & robust microlearning platform that makes life easier for trainers, learners and management. Plus, the very nature of microlearning approach enables a learner. Small and quick lessons fit very well into today’s learner’s busy lives. Microlearning can apply to any function where training needs to be done quickly, effectively, in a short span of time, and without being boring. This makes it work!

The problem: Not everyone is comfortable using microlearning and its tech-platforms. For users (learners) it is certainly much easier to use, but for trainers it isn’t easy to implement microlearning initiatives. As trainers, you need to feel confident adopting the microlearning approach, and have a microlearning platform that makes your life easier and manageable!

To do that, you need to understand what microlearning does, and how get the most out of it.

Let’s explore the basics followed by five powerful tips to make microlearning work for you…

Microlearning: the Basics

For effective microlearning lessons, you break down your topics of interest into short, standalone units. Once that’s done, you need to arrive at the Key Learning Points (KLPs) for each microlearning snippet. This is akin to setting-up learning objectives for each microlearning lesson. Thereafter, you decide upon the approach, design, tools and content to make your lesson.

A good microlearning platform is a must-have to make life easier for you. It does 3 important things for you:

  • Creating content using both in-house and external sources with the help of AI,
  • Enabling personalized learning, including fun elements like games, based on what each learner wants and needs, and,
  • making it easy to keep track of learning goals of each learner on real-time basis.

Microlearning works when skills get enhanced, errors and lapses get contained, and your workforce is genuinely happy to learn.

Top management also is more than happy to see a transformed/superior workforce with microlearning implemented right! Join our webinar to know more…

How Microlearning Benefits Learners

Microlearning is based on important principles like spaced repetition, retrieval practice, proven learning theories and best practices.

Microlearning becomes fast, fun and effective when its backed by a strong microlearning platform that’s enabled by AI, analytics and adaptive learning capabilities.

Benefits of microlearning benefits for learners:

  • Learners can conveniently access these lessons on their mobile phones or other work devices (like POS machines or laptops) for learning anytime and anywhere.
  • Learning is made enjoyable through interactive elements such as gamification, including scores, rewards, levels, badges, leaderboards, and more.
  • Short assessments and quizzes within the lessons engage learners, help reinforce what they’ve learned, and combat the tendency to forget things over time.

Your microlearning assets like videos, animations, gamification, short simulations, podcasts etc. provide learners with ample opportunities for practice.

No wonder, microlearning is favored by learners for it’s convenience, accessibility and real-life work assistance.

How Microlearning Benefits an Organization

The benefits are immense:

  • Fosters a culture of learning. Job competencies of workforce turns into a big strength.
  • Automatic reduction in operational, strategic, and tactical risks to a business.
  • Senior management gets sustainable and instant results. That’s great for a terrific  Training ROI.
  • It cuts down on learning asset development costs and speeds-up the development process.
  • Boosts the acceptance of learning by learners.
  • Managers and supervisors are happy as microlearning doesn’t take away their team for long training sessions.
  • Supporting global training in diverse organizations becomes so much easier by creating culture-specific microlessons and translating them into various languages.

5 Powerful Tips to Implementing Microlearning Confidently

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Once you know the basics of microlearning, you need to pay extra attention on the 5 things given below to get microlearning right…

  1. Defining your KLPs or Learning Objectives for Each Lesson

Your microlearning efforts should align with the overall learning and development goals of the organization.

Each microlearning lesson needs to focus on a specific learning objective, resulting in Key Learning Points (KLPs). These KLPs can relate to behavior change, skill development, knowledge transfer, memory building, improved decision-making, on-the-job expertise, and more.

However, before diving into learning objectives, it’s crucial to establish a well-defined microlearning strategy using proven training model of ADDIE.

Separately, knowing your KLPs puts you on a strong footing in effectively reinforcing your microlearning content.

2. Understanding Your Learners’ Profile

Having a clear understanding of your audience is crucial for tailoring content to their specific competencies and needs. It’s all about finding the perfect match!

With this, you get a firm understanding of what motivates your learners in creating inspiring microlearning assets.

Understanding how each learner grasps information, what they need to learn (domain, skill, or information), and their individual capacity for handling complexity allows us to align our microlearning lessons with each learner’s profile.

In simpler terms, our lessons should align with what each learner can comfortably handle.

So, ask yourself, “Will the content, design, and format genuinely assist the learner in achieving the learning objective?” If not, it’s essential to reassess our entire strategy. Besides, storyboarding becomes easy when you know who your learners are!

Plus, getting the design format right too gets easier while creating games in your gamification efforts.

Above all else, a clarity of your learner profile helps you write engaging content as you create your microlearning assets like videos, gamification, short sims, podcasts etc. with a production mindset.

3. Going with a Robust Microlearning Platform

The microlearning platform and design format work well together. A good platform goes beyond the perils of forgetting curve, and instead increases your workforces’ core competencies at work!

A good microlearning platform needs to function like a proficient assistant, making things easy for you. Here are some questions to consider before you procure you microlearning platform:

  • Does the microlearning platform meet your needs?
  • Can it help you create content quickly?
  • Does it have an AI-powered authoring tool to generate content from both in-house and external sources?
  • Can the microlearning platform personalize learning using adaptive algorithms?
  • Do you have staff and instructional designers who can effectively use it?
  • Is your IT and training staff equipped to handle the creation of microlearning assets such as videos, podcasts, infographics, animations, etc.?
  • Is your content interactive enough to provide an engaging learner experience?

Answering these questions will set you up for success with your microlearning initiatives.

4. Creating a Clear Blueprint for Each Microlearning Lesson

A microlearning map serves as the plan for designing, scripting, and presenting your lesson. It acts as the blueprint for your content.

A user-friendly microlearning lesson helps a learner to easily access any lesson without a fuss.

Additionally, the quality of your assets, including visuals, animations, short simulations, gamification elements, videos, etc. must be attractive.

You need an easy-to-use format for your microlearning map. It helps you make your microlearning assets fun and build-memory. This keeps learners glued on to microlearning effortlessly!

  1. Having a Microlearning Platform with Strong ‘Analytics Capabilities’

Once microlearning is in place, evaluating its effectiveness is crucial. However, this requires a platform with robust analytics capabilities.

Ask yourself the following questions before choosing a microlearning platform:

  • Does it enable real-time monitoring of learning progress?
  • Can it effectively track the learning gaps of each learner, and implement spaced repetition efficiently?
  • Does your microlearning platform include a comprehensive data analytics suite for real-time verification of key parameters for each learner at a ‘topic-level’?
  • Is it equipped with measurement tools that provide details such as extent-of-participation by a learner, learner-engagement, completion rates, scores, errors, confidence levels, ?
  • Can the microlearning platform simplify tasks like tracking changes in learners’ behavior, skill enhancements, evidence of information retrieval, application orientation, increased decision-making capabilities, accuracy, and the quality of work?

To conclude, your microlearning journey will kickstart with a bang once you get the above 5 things right!

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