By now, you’ve probably heard of how microlearning is shaping up the future of learning and how much your team can benefit from it. Do you still have doubts that it’s not the right choice for you and your team? Don’t worry, there’s plenty of ways to test run it. You can try a variety of different microlearning methods and see how your team responds to them.
By Cristian Mois
Microlearning means short-term learning activities. This allows learning to become more flexible and, in turn, more effective. So if you think that it could work well within your team, test the waters first, using any of the following:
The Daily Email
One way of engaging your team and sharing tidbits of learning is by sending a daily email to your team. The email should be short and to the point but should include some new information. It can also be used to reinforce something that was presented before. After all, we learn best with spaced repetition.
This is a good way of checking in with your team on a daily basis. The key aspect of this method is to keep it short and simple. Save the lengthy explanations for a different approach. If it’s going to be text-only, keep it minimal so that your team doesn’t spend too much time on it. The daily email should not interfere with your team’s other activities for the day. Aim for a 3-5 minute read.
If you want to teach a concept that requires in-depth learning, try to go for something more interactive than a block of text. Videos are a great way of simplifying complex ideas. There are plenty of video resources to choose from, just do a bit of research.
You can choose from any existing video if the subject matter is a bit more common, but if you’re looking to teach something more specific, don’t despair. There are plenty of tools you can use to create your own videos.
Some information works best if presented in a strong, visual manner. For instance, if you have to share a lot of data or several step-by-step instructions, try to incorporate them in an infographic. Learners will have an easier time absorbing information this way.
Infographics also represent an opportunity to get creative with your learning material and to spice up the training.
Another important aspect to consider when choosing between microlearning methods is the ability to test your learners. You need to make sure that the information was delivered properly. Different types of quizzes can be used for this purpose. But how can you apply microlearning techniques during this part? Well, even though you can have a more formal verification at the end of a training module, try to sprinkle some short questions here and there throughout the learning process. This will keep learners engaged and you can get more feedback on how well they’re understanding the material.
You can also use surveys and polls to gauge your learners’ knowledge and/or interest in a certain topic. Or to simply get feedback on how they feel about the training process.
Luckily, you can get all of the best microlearning methods in one place with the SmartUp app. You can benefit from all the advantages of microlearning and gamification with it. With SmartUp you can transform your learning material and add as many text cards, images, infographics, videos, polls and quizzes as you like, in order to make your content as engaging as possible.
But don’t just take our word for it, get in touch and try it yourself.
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