Microlearning, however, is not a magic bullet — it is just one digital learning method, though in the modern-day scenario it is very useful. Like all methods, to get the most out of it, microlearning must be used in some way and only at those moments of the learning experience of a learner.
Instructions For Using
With microlearning becoming the new “big thing” in L&D, all of your modern-day L&D problems are often claimed as a “cure-all.” Like all digital learning strategies, to get the most out of it, microlearning must be used in a certain way, and only in certain moments of the learning journey of a learner. The learning journey of the learner usually consists of seven stages (although this number varies depending on different models) in which either microlearning can be used or not. In this article, we will discuss when and how organizations in each of the stages of the learner’s journey should use microlearning. Let’s start.
A great time in the learner’s journey to use microlearning is before the journey even started. Pre-learning is a time when learners are introduced to the topics they are going to cover in the course they are about to start. The manner in which the subject is presented, as well as the way in which the learning aim is explained, affects the motivation of the learners to undertake the training/course. The best use of microlearning at this stage is a 2-3 minute long video that familiarizes the learners with the topic, summarizes what the learners will learn, and sets the tone of the entire course.
Learning A New And Complex Topic
Microlearning is not, as mentioned earlier, a panacea that can be used everywhere in the learner’s journey to deliver great results. Learning a new subject, particularly one that is complex, requires a thorough study and understanding of concepts that, unfortunately, can not help deliver effectively through microlearning. It can be difficult, time-consuming and simply not viable to break complex issues into too many microlearning nuggets (which can not be longer than 5 minutes). Therefore, for this stage is not a good fit.
Expanding Skills And Knowledge
Although it can be done using other methods of macro learning as well, and maybe better, it is not only possible to expand skills and knowledge, but also easy to use microlearning. Once learners have a good knowledge of a topic or skill, it can be used to provide useful nuggets to learners that can serve to expand their skills and knowledge over a course of time.
Reinforcement of Knowledge Learned
Microlearning has always been known as a great technique to refresh and strengthen information that has already been learned and this is perhaps the most used in this way. Quick videos, infographics, interactive PDFs, and gamified nuggets can all be used to help students revise or bring back everything they have learned.
Applying Learned Knowledge
Another level at which microlearning can be used effectively is the application of learned knowledge. Learners want a quick learning experience when applying learned knowledge that can help them execute a task correctly. In the form of a video or step-by-step infographic, Microlearning gives them exactly that.
Once again, problem-solving requires learners to quickly recall the skills, piece of information, process or strategy to use to break down and solve a problem. Microlearning is great to help learners recall information, as mentioned earlier.
Learning A New Process
Like learning a new topic or subject, learning a new process — which is a way of doing things — can be hard to learn through short lessons. Microlearning is, therefore, a bad fit to help learners do that, and a deeper form of learning such as ILT or a traditional eLearning course is required. Microlearning, however, can be used as a refresher.
The above points describe the stages in which a learner is absorbing information in their learning journey at different times, and whether or not microlearning can be used to educate learners. It is important for L&D professionals, particularly Instructional Designers, to understand these points because after all, they are the ones who will create the courses. But as you can clearly see, in each stage of the learner’s journey, microlearning can be used more often than not, which is another example of why it is such a widely acknowledged learning strategy. We hope readers of this article have been able to gather something useful.