4 Key Elements of a Successful Microlearning Course


Microlearning stands for learning that is targeted, focused, goal-oriented and much more. It can be used to prep the learners, build curiosity, to deliver the actual learning components directly, and also to reinforce learning- as refresher courses, and performance support.

Though it is called microlearning, content generation and instructional design still plays crucial role here, and bite-sizing is not a child’s play. We have already discussed the whats, whys, and pondered over the differences and factors that make it a must have.

The question is, what should we do to ensure that the microlearning we create is successful? Based on our experience (tried and tested) here are four elements that can pave the way towards success.

1. Interactive ~ Engagement

Give the learners something to do. Curiosity is one thing and activity is another, put the elements together and voila! the compound could be engagement.  Quizzes, simulations, interactives or games, creating an interesting environment for learning and assessment both can help in strengthening the core of a microlearning course. Including some small game based elements is also another way to keep learner engaged.

2. Real Life Examples ~ Relativeness

Learners often lack interest as the learning often seems to be too obtuse to their needs. Microlearning is targeted and hence, one element that can really enhance it is the use of real life examples. Examples related to actual work and situations that can arise in day-to-day functioning often help in creating a connection, learners can relate it with their own roles and responsibilities and apply it in their tasks. If microlearning contains this element its functioning can be even more better.

3. Multidevice ~ Mobility ( Anytime Anywhere)

Microlearning courses are created to cater to the flexibility aspect, to allow learners to learn anywhere, anytime on the device of choice. So be it a presentation, quiz, video, or interactive the microlearning should be packaged to run smoothly on any device. Microlearning is often designed to be just in time learning and multidevice gives learners the freedom to learn when they want, so they kind of go hand-in-hand.

4. Lesson Plan ~ Strategy

Microlearning is often used as a part of a bigger learning strategy. Though it works well as reinforcement tool, it is also used at times to deliver particular topic. However, the element here is strategy. Microlearning is better used as a part of a bigger learning strategy than as an independent module. The former creates opportunity for holistic learning and microlearning are the best medium to be used to function different roles.

The modern learners are versatile, and constantly in lookout for things that stand out. Microlearning is a good medium to break the monotony. If designed and delivered correctly, it has the potential to engage the learners to a great extent and also, can be retained for longer. It even increases the chances of actually applying what has been learnt. Though there is no such proven formula on what will work and what will not work in eLearning but these elements can surely make it more effective and attractive for the learner.

So why wait? Try microlearning today. Post your queries to info@knowzies.com

Hands-on, dynamic and energetic executive, Amol has a multi-year experience in diverse technology industries and functions, in both Sales and Marketing and Operations. Engineer by graduate and an MBA professional, he started his career in 2004 as a Regional Sales Manager for one of the largest US MNC based out of India continues to live his passion for sales till date. Currently an eLearning and LMS consultant and & Board Member of Knowzies Technology Solutions, his responsibility is to manage the company's growth in the Americas, India and APAC, and encourage its Global expansion through his network of 1000+ qualified Elearning and SaaS experts. Amol is a serial blogger and a have delivered many webinar’s in his past engagements. He likes to write largely about latest eLearning technology trends, mobile learning, and learning technologies. His passion for eLearning makes him the perfect blend for designing solutions for large enterprises especially where the cost is the constraint. Prior to his current venture, Amol had a blast leading the International Business Operations for various leading LMS and eLearning organisations globally. Amol successfully managed a talented pool of professionals and partner companies (Channel network implementation) enabling the acquisition of many leading enterprises. A solid credo in business ethics and knowledge sharing are its key business drivers. He is what the Urban Dictionary would call a straight shooter, enjoys playing cards on the table and doesn't deal with fuss. Big in creating new connections and value to its network (because the network is quite everything), he is hungry for innovation and falls in love for true out-of-the-box thinkers. Cricket and food are superior passions. Loves the family and is blessed with two happening daughters and a caring wife. Over weekends you will find him in kitchen experimenting with new dishes. In case of any queries, you can reach to him on amol@knowzies.com.

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