Winston Churchill once said, "Personally, I am always ready to learn; although I don’t always like being taught." Most of us today would agree with Churchill’s comment – we want to choose what we learn, how we learn, and when we learn. Perhaps that’s why microlearning is such a great fit for today’s learners – it’s short, focused, and highly engaging. If you’d like to develop microlearning, but not sure how, read on!
Watch the video The ABCDs of Microlearning as an example of microlearning that will illustrate how easy it is to create a microlearning event. As you watch, notice 1) the length of the microlearning, 2) the key point, and 3) what tool and media were used. This length of this microlearning event was 1 minute 46 seconds. It was created using GoAnimate. The music, background, and some graphics were from GoAnimate stock. An iPhone was used to record the audio, and Shutterstock was used for the photos. The project took a little over four hours to complete:
Keep these best practices in mind as you develop your microlearning events:
The versatility of microlearning is endless. Think about it like this - what are the key ideas you want to communicate to your learners? Each one of these can be its own microlearning event. Here are a few examples:
The following infographic contains many useful microlearning development tools. If you are unfamiliar with a tool, just Google it to learn more. Many of these are subscription-based. If you are working for a client, always ask if they have a license for the tool(s) you would like to use for your microlearning projects.
As a developer, you’ll find microlearning allows you to be creative and have fun with happy learners singing your praises! If you’d like to learn more about how to develop microlearning, watch this one-hour webinar, “Microlearning: How It’s Done” to put your skills to work!