Cross Platform for Micro Learning
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our lives, perhaps forever. Life is no longer what it once was, thanks to the year 2020.
The pandemic has had a big effect especially on how we work. Remote working has become commonplace. There are restrictions on travel, which we don’t know the span of. With these changes, a need has been created to master different skills and refresh skills already learned.
The Importance of Micro Learning
2020 has been a year of tragedy, but also one of unprecedented resourcefulness. It is true that the pandemic has put unforeseen limits on our lives and livelihoods. At the same time, the human mind has also devised new and innovative ways to overcome these limits.
There have been new methods implemented at our areas of employment, especially. Working from home has become the ‘new normal’ for a large part of the global workforce.
In these changed times, micro learning has emerged as one of the most resourceful and valuable tools for employers and employees alike.
What is Micro Learning?
In simple terms, micro learning is ‘learning made easy’. It is the method of formulating large chunks of information into smaller, bite-sized nuggets. This makes online training a lot easier to impart and partake.
Most employees cannot afford the time or energy to spend on a full time course. Many workers prefer information on a need-to-know basis. For them, micro learning is the perfect solution. It does not take much time or energy to peruse, but the impact of the information is not compromised.
Cross-platform micro learning strategies are gaining more importance in the ‘new normal’. In fact, it can be safely said that cross-platform micro learning will become even more significant in the coming months.
Video content, podcasts and a web-based delivery system are going to be the watchwords in the field of micro learning, in the near future. Micro learning is also very effective when it comes to garnering learner engagement.
Micro learning can be a great advantage for frontline employees. The delivery options are flexible, and the learners can choose which device to use as a medium for micro learning.
Taken together, cross-platform micro learning is all set to become a formidable force in the world of digital training.
What Designers Need to Know
Developers who are designing micro learning modules need to focus on video content, audio clips and web delivery. It is very important for micro learning modules to be designed correctly. Because in that case, they can make the process of updating content cheaper. Moreover, content can be created and delivered at a fast pace. At the rate our world is evolving, this advantage cannot be stressed enough.
Micro learning content is also a perfect complement to story-boarding, or the graphic and shot-by-shot representation of how a video progresses. It can be a good thing for instructional designers, especially those who use simulated whiteboard animations. They have to ensure LMS compatibility, which is enabled by micro learning.
There are five main use cases of micro learning. These are:
- Product Knowledge Training
- Employee Onboarding
- Compliance Training
- Professional Skills Training
- Introducing Company Policies and Organizational Culture
Of these, certain use cases are the likeliest to apply in these times, as we recover from Covid-19 and adapt to the ‘new normal’.
- Within a workflow, micro learning can be used as a review at the point of need of the next step.
- It can be used to reflect on the practical and real-life application of a learned idea
- It can be used to influence how employees change their behaviour and adapt to the new world
- Micro learning can enable employees to hone a newly acquired skill
Designers can use spaced recall or spaced practice in these use cases.
Micro learning modules need constant and regular evaluation to make them more improved effective. Micro learning needs to have a firm basis in evidence. Designers need to take the help of data while evaluating and creating micro earning modules.
As things are in a state of constant flux, keeping track of micro learning modules is absolutely essential. It will ensure that you are ahead of the times.
Micro learning is an essential tool in digital education. It needs to be handled with care and cleverness, to make it more effective.