Just-in-time consumption. Rather than having to block off one day for training, microlearning can be consumed in one sitting.
Opportunity or immediate application. Depending on design, microlearning can be a prompt for immediate application and action.
Expands the training time, to allow for more absorption. Consider the ROCK Learning Model of AGES162 (Attention, Generation, Emotion, and Spacing), where S stands for spacing or sequencing. Microlearning allows for an expanded series of touchpoints which may support enhanced retention one week to one year later.
Bite size pieces which are easier to digest. Shorter is often better. Continue to think about things in threes: what are the three main points you want to cover in the process?
Seven Microlearning Possibilities
What’s possible for you in your work? Consider these seven different ways microlearning is positioned:
1. Group coaching support. Many times, group members have content needs which are not appropriate to bring into the mainstream coaching process. Are there some microlearning opportunities to enhance content needs which you or a content expert could provide?
2. Short emails or newsletter prompts. Whether it’s in text or video, short email prompts can keep things visible and alive. My 90-Day BizSuccess program included three-times-a-week questions or quotes which were sent out to group members as a way to keep the learning—and action—alive!
3. Breaking down longer training programs into three- to ten-minute bites which people can take on a daily or weekly basis. What are the mini-modules you could create?
4. Videos to reinforce learning in the classroom. For example, if you are meeting with a leadership cohort regularly, how could videos sent to learners or available on an LMS (learning management system), support learning reinforcement and application?
5. Virtual work sprints. What could get done in the moment, rather than waiting for longer windows of time to get it done?
6. Consider developing a stand-alone video series for some of the work you want to promote. This could be a series of short three- to five-minute videos on a topic you are passionate about.
7. Repurpose content. Content can be repurposed. What can you repurpose into a new output? If you have a one-pager, could it become a short demo video? If you have an article, could it become a checklist?
• Take 10 minutes to brainstorm or Mind Map your ideas around microlearning.
• As you look at your ideas, what would have the greatest impact?
• What would be the easiest to implement?
• When you are ready, turn to the monthly template which will help you sequence and design your microlearning bites!
(Excerpt: Reconnecting Workspaces, pages 209 - 210 © Jennifer Britton, 2021. All Rights Reserved
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