Microlearning is small learning units that allow the learner to absorb course material quickly and effectively. These short standalone modules cover one or two learning objectives. The duration is relatively short and each module can be anywhere between 1-10 minutes. Micro modules cover topics that are simple and can be used as quick reference modules which are part of a larger curriculum. Micro modules are also referred to as “knowledge nuggets” or “bite-sized” learning.
Just like a traditional eLearning course, Micro modules can include video, audio, and animations, and the engagement leads to higher comprehension and retention.
- Rapid development and quick module delivery – Micro modules are faster to develop and can reach the audience in a short amount of time.
- Easy for professionals on-the-go – Smaller lessons can be accessed via mobile devices. Learners today rely heavily on mobile devices and this allows you to stay in constant contact with the learner.
- Increased attention and retention – Individuals are believed to have shorter attention spans. More and more adults are relying on YouTube type videos for quick simple learning. Rather than having to comprehend a large module at one time, bite-sized lessons can keep learners engaged until completion.
- Cost effective – Microlearning cuts development costs as making updates are fast and simple. Global training cost is also lower as the translation cost is lower for smaller segments.
- Content is up-to-date – Smaller segments are easier to maintain and update, allowing the content to be most current.
- Increased satisfaction – As the learner completes the modules, they get a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction which helps them to stay motivated.
- Select concise content for the modules.
- Units should be self-explanatory and self-contained.
- Focus only on the content the learner needs to know within a given objective.
- Think through how the micro module connects with the full curriculum. Consider
where each module fits within the overall training initiative.
- Determine if the micro module is used as a refresher, or is used to deliver a new objective.
Microlearning is compact, engaging, has a higher completion rate, increases retention, and is ideal to be delivered on mobile devices.
New Learning Technologies for 2016
In review of a new technology this month, Adobe Captivate Prime takes front stage. While Prime is new to the eLearning marketplace, it is being launched by a veteran and proven eLearning toolset provider. Adobe Prime raises the bar in the LMS world by being an affordable and social network LMS that includes gamification, certificates, curation, and more. Prime is a learner environment that goes beyond accessing your course. The portal style platform is easy to set up, easy to manage, and will play virtually any AICC or SCORM content. Plus, storing PDF and other documents are now a breeze. The user interface is intuitive and navigation is simple and clear. From a reporting standpoint, Prime provides multiple methods of tracking and workflows, from learning gap assessments to certification reports.
Some of the add-on features of Prime:
- Mobile native apps for iOS and Android
- Built in authoring tool
- System Tutorials within the system
- Credits and badges
- Streaming video
- Classroom management
- Ability to upload your own logo and create a sub-domain
- Support is included: phone, chat, e-mail, knowledge base
Get more information here: http://www.adobe.com/products/captivateprime.html