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Tips for Making Microlearning Courses


July 12, 2019



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Microlearning is a powerful way to upskill and onboard staff in your business. Putting frequent and short messages in front of staff is a great way to improve the efficiency of staff onboarding and keep your staff up to speed on the constant stream changes that any fast moving company has. Microlearning courses need to be designed to ensure staff engage in content and retain the content and so the information must be relevant to those taking the courses. Here are four tips on how to create microlearning courses.

4 tips on how to create microlearning courses

Diversity of templates

One of the key things to keep in mind when designing microlearning lessons is to keep staff engaged by varying the way that information is presented to them. SC Training (formerly EdApp) has a number of different templates that can be used to present lesson content to learners in different contexts. This both improves retention of information and makes what would normally be a boring lesson, more fun.

The diversity of templates also ensures that people who have different learning styles – whether they learn by reading, visual learners or interactive learners – are catered for.

Breaking content down into chunks

The human mind is hard wired to digest information that is broken down into chunks. It is one of the main reasons that microlearning is so effective. One of the key things to keep in mind when creating microlearning courses is limiting the size of these chunks to ensure the remain micro. It’s easy to let lessons blow out to have a large amount of information in them, because more information is better isn’t it?

When it comes to learning, the use of short lessons that take around five minutes to complete is highly effective. So more information is not always better. When coupled with spaced repetition short, easy to complete lessons are much more effective.

Here are four tips on how to create microlearning courses.

Use of gamification

As with anything that involves a bit of work the use of positive reinforcement for the completion of tasks is hugely helpful to improve completion rates in learning. SC Training (formerly EdApp) has a number of gamification features built-in including prizing and leaderboards to ensure that learners are continually rewarded, both with prizes and intrinsic motivation.

This built-in gamification has proven to increase engagement and completion rates massively with learners. What better way to improve workplace learning than to have the staff themselves encourage each other to complete courses?

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Combined with clear message reinforcement and spaced repetition microlearning becomes a very powerful tool for driving organizational growth and transformation. If you’d like to know more about how to create microlearning courses, get in touch at enquiries@edapp.com. You can also try SC Training (formerly EdApp)’s Mobile LMS and authoring tool for free by signing up here.

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Guest Author Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown is a senior technical editor and writer that has worked in the education and technology sectors for two decades. Their background experience includes curriculum development and course book creation.

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