Microlearning can be used as a supplement to a more robust training. You may have an hour-long security training module that all employees are required to go through, and then reinforce key concepts through things like a Top Security Tips poster in the break room, or a weekly internal newsletter with examples of phishing emails.
It can also be something a learner seeks out in the moment. For example, if a member of your product team is putting together a presentation on new features for the sales department and wants to jazz it up, they might watch a 2-minute tutorial on how to add video to a PowerPoint slide. That’s microlearning.
In fact, this blog post is an example of microlearning. You were presumably interested in finding out how to make your microlearning more effective, and you discovered this blog post which will give you a quick, bite-sized primer of actionable tips you can implement immediately.
Good microlearning is:
- A discrete concept
- Immediately actionable
- Available at the point of need
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
Creating effective microlearning is about more than just chopping up your longer training modules into bite-sized pieces of content. When you make those microlearning modules more interactive, learners are more likely to retain the information.
Here’s how to make some of the most common types of microlearning more interactive.
Short, topical videos are a great way to deliver microlearning, but on their own they’re fairly passive to consume.
Adding captions to video is one way to make them more interactive. First, it makes them more accessible for hearing-impaired learners, as well as those who aren’t able to watch with the sound on for environmental reasons. It also makes the videos more engaging, because people can read along and absorb information that way, as well.
Go a step farther by adding interactive quizzes to your videos that reinforce information by testing learners on the fly. You can also add buttons with pop-up tips, links, and other extra resources.
Presenting a concept in a slide format allows users to go at their own pace, and because they’re required to click from slide to slide it can be more interactive than video.
Make your presentations even more interactive by embedding short quizzes within the unit, with options to retake them if they miss answers. Mix up the quizzes with styles such as drag-and-drop, fill-in-the-blank, and multiple choice to test learners in different ways.
Web pages and documents
Another common way to present microlearning concepts is as a single page of text, diagrams, and images.
Make these pages more interactive with digital flashcards that have an illustration or question on one side; when learners click them, they flip over to reveal the explanatory text.
The act of flipping the card helps learners make a visual connection between the pieces of information, and is a great option for helping employees memorize things like vocabulary or a set of processes.
You can also use links to situate microlearning modules into a larger context so that learners can find out more if they need it. For example, you can link to outside resources, internal documents, or other trainings they can take.
Want to see some of these interactive microlearning techniques in action? Visit demo.opigno.org to explore our sample training.