Microlearning and content chunking can work hand in hand as they do complement each other. Microlearning is defined as “short bursts of content for learners to study at their convenience. Content can take many forms, from text to full-blown interactive multimedia, but should always be short,” according to elearningindustry.com. In other words, learners find that short snippets of content that learners are more easily digestible and understandable.
In instructional design circles, we know that learners retain information better when learning content is “chunked.” Chunking is a design strategy where knowledge is broken up into logical groups and delivered in small learning segments that take users only about 1-7 minutes to master. Elearningindustry.com refers to content chunking as “the strategy of making more efficient use of our short-term memory by organizing and grouping various pieces of information together.” Visit their website for more knowledge on these key terms.
First, I would like to talk a little about how you can create a short microlearning video for your audience. The information was gathered from vyond.com, so if you would like to read more indepth knowledge regarding microlearning and video learning, check their website out!
The first step to creating a microlearning video is to identify the goals and main objectives that will be explained in the video. Then, decide what kind of video you plan to create and how you might do so. Your budget and goals can be crucial factors of what type of video(s) you will be creating. Next, brainstorm and create an outline and consider some questions like, “Is this a scenario-based video? Will you have a narrative? How do you plan to communicate the main learning objective?” Remember, in one short video, you must be clear and stick with the primary objective. By doing so, you will be keeping the content simple and understandable. Video is considered a visual medium, so including images and text in your video can be found useful by learners. You can also include quizzes or games (simple screen challenges) to keep your audience engaged. Lastly, be sure to include a call to action. If you want your viewers to watch your continued video or read more about the topic, make it clear by providing follow up instructions.
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