People learn effectively when micro learning techniques are used in courses and lessons. They pick up concepts, ideas, and skills faster and they retain the knowledge for longer. The increased use of mobile phones has hugely benefited micro learning, as they are the perfect delivery device.
How do you create a micro learning course though?
Here are five secrets to effective micro learning
Focus on One Objective Per Lesson When you create a micro learning course you break the content into bite size lessons. The length of these lessons will depend on the type of course you are preparing and your audience. Some people advocate 2-5 minutes, while others say up to 20 minutes per lesson is okay. The length of the lesson is a factor when creating effective micro learning courses, but the content of the lesson is the most important element. You should only focus on one objective per lesson. If the topic is complex split it up into multiple lessons, but make sure that each has a clearly identifiable and unique objective.
Showing is Better than Telling It is a cliché, but pictures do tell a thousand words. The same applies to videos, infographics, graphs, or any other type of visual. The objective of a micro lesson is to keep the content as short as possible while delivering all the necessary information. Visuals and multimedia content will help you achieve this.
Avoid Details, Distractions and Repetition You should keep the content of each micro lesson short and concise. That firstly means getting to the point straight away. For example, you don't have to say "Today we are going to explain how to..." Those words are superfluous. It is better to get right into it. You shouldn't give any additional information or details that don't specifically help the learner achieve the objective of the lesson. If it is important enough you should consider giving it a lesson on its own. Also, don't go off on tangents and avoid repetition.
In Video and Audio Content Use Scripts If you include video or audio podcasts in your micro lesson make sure you script what you or the voiceover is going to say. If you don’t script it you risk failing on the previous point – you will ramble, go off on tangents, or repeat something you have already said. Even if you know your subject matter well and are experienced at producing video and audio content, they will be improved if you use scripts.
Make it Interactive People learn better when they are an active participant in the course. That means you should offer features that makes your lessons interactive. Using gamification tools – such as adding quizzes or tests - keeps users engaged and reinforces the information they have learned. It also makes the lesson and course more fun which encourages and motivates the user to come back again for the next lesson.
Micro learning is not about simply creating chapters. You need to do more than simply break the content into chunks, but following the tips above will give your course a good micro learning foundation.