How to Create Microlearning Courses: Breaking It Down

What Is Microlearning?

Who Needs Microlearning, and Why?

  • Millennials and Gen Z learners who are tech-savvy and fluent in all things “digital”
  • Businesses that require ongoing employee training while minimizing costs, reducing disruptions to operations, and accommodating employee schedules
  • Adults who’d like to upgrade their skills in the workplace without all the red tape of formal education
  • Individuals who are looking for a quick fix/solution to a problem (e.g., how-to videos, DIY tutorials)
  • Anyone who needs to upgrade or gain a new skill set, but whose schedule is constrained by time, dates, and distance

How to Design Microlearning

Step 1. Research and choose a highly focused topic

Step 2. Know your audience

Step 3. Determine a singular learning outcome

Step 4. Create and chunk your content

Step 5. Build a microcourse

Step 6. Distribute the final product

Tips for Creating Microlearning Content

  • Engage different learning styles. Some people learn best with sound, whereas others work best with words or images. That’s why microcourses are a great choice. They can be delivered as digital learning and seamlessly incorporate multimedia (e.g. videos, images, and infographics).
  • Choose a responsive authoring tool. With everyone constantly on-the-go, the future is mobile responsiveness — the ability of your training content to “respond” or visually reformat itself to any screen size/width. If you limit your audience to desktop devices, you’re bound to create inconveniences. And as you know, convenience lies at the core of microlearning.
  • Provide additional resources. As mentioned, microlearning differs from formal education because it narrows the learning to the “need-to-knows.” But what if trainees have questions beyond the scope of what’s covered? For these instances, it’s great to anticipate what these questions could be and provide “further readings.” These external links/sources are not only effortless to include, but your course will feel more comprehensive and complete.
  • Incorporate storytelling, where possible. It’s no secret that people learn best through experiences. Sometimes these are vicarious and brought to life through storytelling. Not only are stories immersive, emotional, and thereby engaging, but this increased level of engagement enhances learner knowledge retention. Storytelling also supports another core tenet of microlearning that we’ve touched on — simplicity.
  • Provide context with relevant examples. As with storytelling, providing examples enables learners to immerse themselves in some knowledge-instilling experience. However, examples take storytelling to the next level by providing scenarios in which the training is directly relevant. Therefore, your learners will be able to make a one-to-one correlation between what they’re learning and the contexts in which they can apply those very same skills.

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