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According to a 2016 study, the eLearning industry is projected to grow by 17.81% during the years 2016-2020 (Source). Whether you are a trainer or selling your courses, you want to take advantage of this growth. But, are you caught up on the current trends and developments in eLearning? If not, that’s ok. We’ve done the research, so let us be your guide to innovative, emerging technologies and strategies in the industry. In this post, we’ll explore microlearning and how you can use it to streamline your online training.
Few experts actually agree on the exact definition of microlearning, but these general principles are agreed on across the board. Microlearning activities consist of short content focused on one topic, which is called microcontent. The typical format for a microlearning activity is a video that usually lasts no longer than four minutes followed by a brief assessment or other follow-up activity. The purpose of such an activity is to deliver content to learners that is in small, easily-digestible, and retainable chunks. Microlearning is all about retention.
It is estimated that Millennials, with an attention span of 90 seconds on average, will make up 75% of the workforce by 2025 (Source: Bryan Eldridge, “Developing a Microlearning Strategy With or Without an LMS”). With a population that is increasingly more familiar with the high speed of the digital world, the eLearning industry must adapt its learning strategy to the pace of the world around it. Microlearning can help fill that need for the following reasons:
Microlearning, while excellent for short focused learning activities, is not intended to replace all types of learning, and does have limitations of which you should be aware.
Don’t let these limitations be drawbacks. Instead, incorporate microlearning activities into your overall online learning strategy where they will most benefit your learners.
If you are a trainer, you want to ensure that your online training program is cost-efficient, effective, and produces measurable results. To achieve these goals, we suggest the following strategies when implementing microlearning into your training program:
If you develop course content, Christopher Pappas, in his blog 7 Tips To Create Memorable Microlearning Online Training, offers the following tips:
DigitalChalk can help. Are you looking for great microlearning course for your training program? Maybe you’ve designed your own microlearning courses and are looking for a platform to sell them.
No matter who you train, we’ve got your back with a total online learning solution.