We have been here before - existing eLearning content, how to handle conversion etc. But that was for mLearning (read blog). Existing content can either be treasure or trash, or at times somewhere in between. So, the first step is to take a look at the content and check whether it suffices for the current learning condition too. If not, then you may have to get into the Analysis step- collect all the information required to fill in the gaps if any.
In many cases the existing content/eLearning can be imported into the authoring tool and parts of it can be even used as is. However, there is a considerable amount of instructional designing required to make it course ready. While we are at it, here are some tips to consider while converting existing content into Microlearning.
Tip 1# Categorize
The biggest challenge with having a lot of content/information at hand is verifying the relevance. To begin with you have to separate the Wheat from chaff. Categorize the content based on relevance or as must to have, good to have etc. After all, microlearning has to have concise content and should be hard-hitting.
Tip 2# Allocate
The next best things to do is chunk down the content and allocate it in the form of separate modules, so that it can be used as an independent course, a refresher, a nugget, capule- whichever form of microlearning that fits the bill.
Tip 3# Improvise
Try to utilize the power of visual media. Improvise by utilizing mini video clips, or images, or graphics, animations that explain the concepts easily and more effectively, instead of using just textual content.
Tip 4# Innovate
Try to be innovative, keep the learners in mind. Turn the text-based content into games or simulations if possible. Also, try to keep the interface interesting yet simplistic and try not to crowd the screen with buttons or navigation elements.
Tip 5# Disperse
To disperse, also means to send it across. What better way than to create microlearning that is flexible, responsive and hence, multi device. Future-proofing is always a smart move. Consider the smart devices with smaller screen sizes that can be used to deliver microlearning in future. This applies even during content chunking.
However, no matter how good the microlearning is, it has to gel in with the overall learning plan/outcomes. Creating microlearning needs a holistic approach, quite similar to that of eLearning. Create it as a part of the learning system, hand in hand with the other learning tools and an effective outcome is foreseeable.
At Knowzies, we believe in constant innovation, and microlearning does look like something that has huge unexplored potentials. So, we will be doing our bit of research and study, and will keep you posted in case of any new breakthroughs.