Microlearning needs no introduction at all. The L&D has been discussing it for years now and the in last few years organizations too have been opting for microlearning frequently. Why so? Learners, the learning ecosystem, the influence of device usage patterns, the changing workplace scenario are the primary drivers, and various other benefits drive the demand for change too.
According to a study by ATD, the ideal length of a microlearning session is 10 minutes, though most talented developers use time periods closer to 13 minutes. While we have been discussing a lot about microlearning, what really are the types of microlearning? On a broad level, microlearning can be categorized as formal and informal training. The former works when an existing eLearning or an entire learning concept is to be delivered as small nuggets, often known as a standalone package. The latter works when microlearning acts as a supportive element, as a performance support tool or for revision, etc. The question then is what apart from short videos can be termed as microlearning in other words, what are the top 10 types of microlearning for the modern workplace?
Visuals are effective for information sharing. Infographics can be used to depict data, to stories, to complete steps in a process. With proper visuals, infographics can improve learner’s ability to learn, through patterns. Appropriate images, and concise text paired together presented as an infographic create a wonderful microlearning module.
The basic form of eLearning, PDFs can be accessed on most devices and becomes a good option for delivering descriptive content. Adding a modern twist to it are the Interactive PDFs, where clickable elements are linked to additional inputs or activities.
eBooks, Flipbooks, ePUB
While not essentially micro in terms of content. Portability and interactivity make it a good fit. eBooks, flipbooks, ePUB, etc. work well as user manuals, job-aids, etc. The use of visuals to describe the products, audio integration, etc. can enhance the effect.
Often used for eLearning design, presentations work well when it comes to explaining concepts. Using it is easy, and so in addition to text, audio, and graphical content, and object animation.
Checked out any banner advertisement recently? That’s usually a GIF image or an animated image with 2-5 frames (or more). Undoubtedly, works well as microlearning too.
The best choice when it comes to learning on the go and the best part is the versatile options in terms of animation and presentation. Microlearning can be created as simple animation, whiteboard animation, animation using kinetic text, explainer videos, interactive videos, 360-degree videos, etc.
Podcasts audio tools that can easily grab learner’s attention. As auditory learning is considered powerful, it is said to strengthen understanding and retention too. While Podcasts are easily available on the web, they can be easily shared as MP3 files, through SoundCloud and other web-cloud-based services.
Adding to the effectiveness of podcasts, webinars add visuals too and live interactions. Lectures by experts, current statistics and trends, etc. can be presented through live webinars and webinar recordings too.
Apps are powerful tools, considering the ease of use and widespread mobile use too. It can function on the go and also caters to connectivity issues by offering online and offline modes.
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Interactives and Scenarios
Branched scenarios, or other scenario-based short learning modules, interactive parallax scrolling, simple drag and drop activities to complex interactives are powerful as microlearning too.
In addition to these Blogs, Games, Emails, Social Media, Job Aids, Puzzles, Riddles & Quizzes (could be known as interactives too), Assessments, etc. to are types of microlearning used by organizations.
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