What is Microlearning?

Microlearning can be an effective way to host corporate or commercial training as it includes shorter learning courses that deliver bursts of content for learners to experience at their own pace. This method delivers content faster and can help increase employee productivity because learners are able to immediately apply new knowledge. Learners find microlearning strategies more engaging than other methods, and it gives your audience the flexibility to learn on their own time. Microlearning differs from other strategies in that the actual training or content is delivered in short, interactive bursts requiring only 5-8 minutes of time versus traditional training that requires users to sit in front of a computer for hours at a time.

SilkWeb strives to create microlearning that is result-oriented, has an impact on learner behavior, assists in transferring knowledge to the job, and engages and entertains learners.

microlearning four step process

Microlearning is a cycle approach and involves distinct steps that take us from understanding to application. SilkWeb integrates five key principles of learning to design effective training. SilkWeb’s training methodology is an instructional framework that combines real-world examples with microlearning technologies.

Our learning strategy provides your employees with immediate access to relevant content. Employees have direct access to what they need to learn and can apply new knowledge right away. Microlearning modules introduce learners to small pieces of content that build on each other. Spacing out learning has been shown to help learners grasp new content faster than traditional training and has the bonus of improving knowledge retention. Employees enjoy a high level of flexibility that matches their work schedule and learning style.

The following diagram shows how SilkWeb’s training design works.

Medicine wheel with the five stages of microlearning development used at SilkWeb

Microlearning versus Traditional Learning

MicrolearningTraditional Learning
Increases knowledge retentionRequires more time to complete
Less time to consumeRequires more time to develop
Less time to developSeveral topic areas
Improves job motivation Single use purpose
Specific focusMonotonous text-based material
Engaging audio-visual effectsLinear and institutionally driven
Flexible and learner drivenSame pace for everyone
Shareable and reusable
Self-paced and level based

Microlearning Examples

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Example of microlearning: Bloodborne Pathogens
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Image of Bloodborne Pathogens microlearning example

SilkWeb's Content Delivery Strategies

SilkWeb incorporates microlearning to develop video tutorials for the faculty we work with at a variety of colleges. We find the importance of our faculty having 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
  • Hold a Zoom meeting
  • And more!

SilkWeb believes that using these microlearning content delivery strategies is helpful when teaching a new concept or conducting training.