Just like many other companies in the elearning industry, here at GLAD our clients have increasingly been requesting microlearning. Microlearning is a real trend for learning in 2017.
So, we thought we would show you how engaging microlearning can be and create for you a sample; How to manage your inbox in 5 simple steps.
Why is microlearning on the rise?
Through research, it is clear that the way we learn today is far from the way we learnt a decade ago. Prior to current day, if anybody wanted to learn they would reach for a book or head to the library. Maybe even take a class to learn new skills. Today? Today people are more likely to rely on the internet, or most commonly Google.
Need a recipe for dinner? Google it.
Want to know the opening times of a store? Google it.
Help with Photoshop editing? Google it.
People rely on the fact that learning is available 24/7, at a precise moment in time. The internet makes it ten times easier to access that learning off of technology such as phones and tablets. Theoretically, to Google any of those above situations would bring up an array of options available. Web pages inundated with blog posts, YouTube videos and even online courses to help people learn what they need to know in a second.
What did I learn putting this short example together?
Whilst researching both microlearning and the subject chosen for this short course, I came across an interesting idea to sum up microlearning. Think of it as a sentence. Each sentence (microlearning course) is used to convey a thought, by then grouping these sentences together you get to convey a larger, more complex, perspective.
Clever? The sentence I am going to focus on for our sample is managing your inbox. This could form part of a wider learning programmes on Time Management or using Outlook.
For instructional designers, this idea would work for a full course that needs to be made accessible quickly and on the go. Modules are pulled out into small bite-size chunks. Meaning people can access which module is relevant to them straightaway, rather than working through each one individually to get to the one that’s needed. It also means people can recap if they need any extra help on a module. Access to the course through smartphones means you can recap anywhere. How about recapping a learning point while you wait for your morning coffee? People today seem to like the ease of access and the action of fitting quick learning into their everyday lives.
Connecting the trend to how we learn.
As humans, we will forget around 80% of what is learnt in a period of 30 days, so not a lot we learn is remembered. Taking this into account, microlearning makes courses digestible and less complex for us. Helping us to remember that information in the minor 20% of information retained each 30-day period.
Microlearning is great for a reference tool, just like Google you can revisit the content quickly and easily.
See how it works for you by viewing our sample below.
If that has sparked your interest in microlearning we are giving it away for free!
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