Ask 10 different people what microLearning is and you’ll probably get 12 different answers. So, I wanted to take a minute and address a few common questions folks might have about this new, blazing-hot, fresh and fabulous concept called microLearning. (Just kidding, it’s not a new concept at all. Read on!)
What is microLearning?
Simply put, microLearning is learning content presented in smaller chunks. Using proven learning or “brain science” techniques, it focuses on targeted tasks or limited bits of information, and always with a specific objective in mind. It can be delivered via various formats, and reinforced using any number of proven learning techniques.
How long should it be?
There is no exact time limit for how long microLearning should be. Should it be quick? Yes. But it’s really more about content and technique than duration. It might take 2 minutes or it might take 20; it just depends on the content and end goal.
Why use it?
Adults are busy people. Have you ever taken a course and thought to yourself, “Get to the point already!!!”? Me too. MicroLearning delivers relevant information quickly and efficiently, and it eliminates the need to weed through tons of useless info to find what you’re looking for. When done right, it is an effective tool for delivering knowledge, adding skills and/or changing behaviors.
What does it look like?
You name it. Video, email, podcast, job aid, eLearning course… microLearning can be delivered any number of ways. You’ll choose whatever format will be most effective based on the audience and the content. Reinforcement can include questions, activities, follow-up emails, videos, or other tools. Even discussion boards or social media can be used to create a continuous learning experience.
Absolutely not. Listen, microLearning is not the answer to all of life’s training needs. Just like other training approaches, there are times when it will be appropriate, and other times it will not. It is but one tool in your toolbox.
Is microLearning a new concept?
Not at all. The idea that people are better able to absorb information when it’s presented in smaller bites has been around for some time. What has made the concept gain popularity is the day and age in which we live. Business is fast-paced, people are busy, and technology is king. MicroLearning meets the challenge by delivering information quickly and conveniently, and uses proven “brain science” practices to make it stick.