What is Microlearning?

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Microlearning is a hot topic right now in instructional design circles. Microlearning differs from other strategies like “chunking” in that the actual training or education itself is a self-contained, albeit it tiny, e-learning course. Microlearning must be short, engaging, and provide just in time information that can be used immediately. It is free of filler and focuses on meeting one outcome. Some microlearning content examples include text, images and videos, audio, tests or quizzes, and games.

Microlearning can be an effective way to host corporate or commercial training as it is a shorter learning course that delivers bursts of content for learners to experience at their own pace. It is a method to deliver content faster, more affordably, as it much cheaper to produce, learners find it more engaging than other methods, and it gives your audience the flexibility to learn on their own time.

Some best practices to follow when creating a microlearning course include:

  1. Check the Content You’re Including to Make Sure it’s a Good Fit

If the subject or information seems too complex to pile in a short course, you might want to consider a different form of training.

  1. Focus on Important Information

Make sure to only include relevant information in order for the course to be as simple as possible and easily digestible. Including too much information can overwhelm the learner.

  1. Include Multimedia

In order to keep your audience engaged, you can include multimedia such as videos, images, animations, etc.

  1. Include a Short Test or Quiz

Including a short test or integrated pop-up quiz questions can confirm that your learners are progressing through the lesson.

Here at SilkWeb, we incorporate microlearning to develop video tutorials for the faculty we work with at numerous colleges. It’s important to us that our faculty have a clear understanding of how to navigate and work within the platforms they are using. SilkWeb creates microlearning content for faculty to instruct them on things such as how to add a test to Canvas, edit materials in Blackboard, integrate Pearson MyLab into a Math course, or hold a Zoom meeting. SilkWeb finds that using a microlearning content delivery strategy, such as short video tutorials, is helpful when teaching a new concept or conducting a training.

For examples of our microlearning, check out our video tutorials here.