Microlearning Defines Focus

Learning Can Be More Impactful in Smaller Bites

Microlearning Defines FocusWho hasn’t taken an online course only to run out of steam – or time – halfway through?

Here at Scitent, we believe ‘smaller bites of learning’ that only cover one objective at a time can be an effective learning strategy.

Also known as microlearning, the main goal is to define the one concept you want a learner to focus on, in a condensed, time-sensitive learning module.

For example, if the focus of learning is “safety around power lines,” you could start with a really compelling visual of a person hurt and lying on the ground. A downed power line is visible in the background.

Immediately, you’ve put the learner in the context of trying to discern what happened.

Now you can present the solution and a recap for further understanding. In this case, “it appears that Jane touched the power line.” And then mouse-over functions could add interactive options for opening additional content such as PDFs, training materials and other resources so learners can experience as much as or as little as they need to.

Microlearning can be ended with more questions, such as “How could this accident have been avoided?” or be left open-ended.

Microlearning deserves a look by training and learning directors since it:
  • Is more suited to on-demand learning.
  • Respects learners’ time.
  • Provides credit for what learners already know – following adult learning principles.
  • Doesn’t over-teach.
  • Makes it much more personal and meaningful.
  • Makes content more easily consumable – accessible on a phone or tablet, making learning possible, anywhere, on any device.

According to Director of Course Development Katy Mullin, Scitent is keen on staying ahead of eLearning trends and thinks this is an exciting time to rethink content and how learners access content.

“Don’t teach learners what they already know, but help them identify gaps and then work at helping them master those gaps by serving up meaningful content. Then, be sure to retest knowledge again until the content is mastered, and the learner is more confident,” says Ms. Mullin.

Have you ventured into microlearning, if so how?
Find out how your content can be delivered in small bites.

Comments 5

  1. We’re already doing this in Africa, but in ILT, not eLearning, to ramp up school teachers in ICT studies. It cuts trainer prep time in half.

  2. Having read the description I conclude that this “Micro learning” is all about teaching somebody a simple, shallow trick (as in which buttons to push) when they need it, instead of imparting more coherent and comprehensive knowledge about a subject that would allow them to actually understand what they’re doing and so think of that particular trick themselves.

    It’s okay for people who are constantly supervised or accompanied by somebody who know more than they do. That’s fine in it’s place, but let’s keep a perspective.

    1. Thank you for your response! Indeed, but when done correctly, the active involvement of the learners within microlearning can help in the creation, transfer, and retention of knowledge.

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