Microlearning In Blended Studying – A Path Combine Of Alternatives In L&D
Introduction to micro-learning
Microlearning is a flexible training approach that offers short learning units that each focus on a single learning objective. Microlearning assets are mobile-friendly, making them ideal for non-intrusive and needs-based learning.
Advantages and disadvantages of micro-learning
Before understanding the role of micro-learning in a blended learning environment, it is important to understand when it is not suitable for L&D.
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Micro learning is for
- Tailored to the desired organizational results
- Based on a single, clear, performance-oriented learning objective
- Targeted, concise, convenient, easily accessible
- Personal, flexible, adaptable and learner-centered
- Much more than just performance support
Micro-learning is NOT
- A one-dose solution, especially for new, technical or complex topics
- Suitable for every learning requirement (e.g. if the training requires extensive practical exercises, microlearning cannot reproduce the learning environment)
Micro learning formats
Microlearning can be offered in various formats and is therefore an integral part of any blended learning approach. Whether it is trailer videos to get the learners excited about the upcoming VILT session, or to provide them with practice exercises in the form of scenarios and simulations online, microlearning fits all phases of the learning journey.
Why include microlearning in blended learning?
Microlearning fits well into the blended learning environment for pre-training, during training and after training. Here’s a bird’s eye view of why and how.
Micro-learning for pre-training
Microlearning can be used to convey what is in it for me to learners about the upcoming training program. It can pique their interest and create awareness. Microlearning formats for preschool may include:
- Videos that clarify the importance or relevance of the upcoming training
- Trailer videos to get learners excited about the training
- Quizzes or playful modules to test the existing knowledge of the learners
- Scenario snippets that bring you from the known to the unknown by sharing the relevance of the upcoming training
- Infographics or PDFs that summarize key insights – works well with curricula
Micro-learning during exercise
Microlearning formats are accessible on mobile devices and take up learner’s time – so they can be used during classroom training or in VILT sessions.
- Video snippets for demonstrations
- Infographics to illustrate rules, dos and don’ts
- Worksheets, interactive PDFs that small groups can fill out in breakout rooms
Micro-learning for follow-up training
Micro-learning for spatial learning
Microlearning is a great way to overcome the effects of the forgetting curve. It supports learning by making assets available to learners on a regular basis. This not only simulates the recall, but also ensures that knowledge / skills are refreshed. Some ways to use micro-learning in this phase of the blended learning environment could be:
- Scenarios / simulations / quizzes to test memory and provide opportunities for reflection. Learning can be done through feedback. If necessary, learners can be assigned formal training based on their score.
- Micro learning modules / infographics that summarize the key findings from eLearning courses or ILT / VILT sessions.
Micro-learning to support performance
Microlearning modules are also excellent performance support tools that employees need after attending a training program when they need to apply what they have learned on the job. Microlearning formats for digital work aids include:
- Interactive PDFs
A tip for success
While micro-learning can be used at all stages of the learning journey and enriches your blended learning approach, engaging stakeholders in the development of micro-learning solutions is critical to success.
Ask them what:
1. The desired organizational goal is
2. The desired performance of the employee is
3. After completing the microlearning module, learners should be able (learning objectives)
Getting answers to these questions will help you decide which micro-learning format to choose based on the frequency of performing the task, the degree of its importance, how easy or difficult it is to complete the task, and the risk involved is associated with NON-standard compliance.
Examples of micro-learning in action
1. Microlearning assets for sales training
- Digital flash cards to reinforce process steps or key definitions
- Dialogue simulations on negotiating skills with customers
- Whiteboard animations in sales calls
- Infographics for comparison, dos and don’ts
- Games to solve customer objections
2. Onboarding of micro-learning assets
- Video clips from CEO / top management welcoming them
- GIFs to introduce to your team / resources
- Organizational structure infographics
- Games / scenarios on company values
- Blogs about compensation and benefits
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