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Micro-Learning: Develop, Manage & Deploy Bite Sized Training

There are many widely discussed training technology trends that fail to really take hold or that get quickly superseded, but the concept of micro-learning is one hot topic that is here to stay – because it works. Here we look at how to develop, manage and deploy bite sized training to engage and train your learners to maximum effect.

 

Learning messagesMost of us have probably heard by now the phrase ‘micro-learning’ floating around in industry literature. But what does it actually mean? And what kind of concrete example would take shape if we put micro-learning into practice?

 

Mixed media training contentAt WillowDNA we have always developed our training solutions as a mix of bite-sized assets and activities so although the term ‘micro learning’ has been buzzing around technological training for the last 18 months, we have been rendering training interventions in this way for the last 10 years! WillowDNA’s expertise lies in crafting the blend of mixed media learning designs for any client, from medium sized corporates to global institutions; bite-sized content delivery is a universal winning strategy for e-learning solutions.

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A Micro-Learning Platform

Firstly, our cloud-based learning platform, Pathway LMS, has been developed specifically for the management of blended programmes. Pathway is made up of modular Learning Paths, which can hold any number of mixed media assets. Our clients can provide a seamless blended learning experience by creating learning paths which are made up of learning objects. These objects can range from videos, discussion boards and SCORM modules through to uploadable evidence-based assignments and podcasts.

 

Creating Learning Paths

Learning paths checklistLearning Paths can provide a chronological course of content, or focused packets of information that learners can quickly access. This ‘just in time’ approach is the underpinning philosophy behind micro-learning. Bite-sized training is consumable for learners, they can easily manage to fit training into their day and put aside 10 – 20 minutes per day to learn. The blend can be defined by the audience, for example exercises and tasks that can be performed in the field or assets that can be easily accessed while they are out and about, such as podcasts for people that spend much of their time in the car or downloadable job aids for those that have episodic access to devices.

 

Scalable e-Learning Content

Easy learning administrationThe scalability of bite-sized learning also benefits the custodians of content, from HR teams to tutors and subject matter experts. The ability to quickly respond to change and enforce that change within e-learning content is an imperative when managing any kind of learning. Pathway allows administrators to quickly and easily update or supplement content by adding and removing learning objects instead of ‘unpicking’ lengthy SCORM files or re-recording videos. Pathway allows administrators to simply insert a new Case Study or develop a new PDF/Infographic to ensure their training material keeps up to date with internal or business changes.

 

Bite-Size for Success – The Takeaway

Bite size learning takeawaysAs a final takeaway message, being a learner centric organisation, we know our success will always be measured by the learner experience. We have conducted extensive research across our various learner audiences and continually receive an overwhelming response that they prefer a mixed media approach and are unable to simply ‘choose’ a favourite medium. End users consistently feedback that the mixed media, bite-sized approach keeps them engaged and offers them a rich learning experience.

Feel free to contact us for an informal chat about your needs and to find out how WillowDNA could help you develop a micro-learning solution for your training requirements.

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More MOOC inspired ideas

ipad image jpgFollowing on my recent reflections on the Corporate MOOCs webinar I presented for the LPi, this article from BBC Business News highlights some interesting considerations and exciting ideas for corporates.  It features the story of a school in Cambridgeshire who have taken  supporting learning resources online ‘making their own online library of lessons and course materials for GCSE, A-levels and International Baccalaureates.  These are interactive resources, with video links and lesson notes, customised for the specific needs and speeds of their classes. There are extension exercises and links to further reading and ideas.’ What leapt out to me is an issue very close to the hearts of any learning design professional – there are many different channels to publishing online content and accessible tools by which to achieve this, but it’s success is inexorably linked to the skills of the education or learning professional developing and orchestrating the content.  The principal at The Stephen Perse Foundation school, Tricia Kelleher at is quoted as saying “The credibility of online learning depends on the teachers who have made the materials,” It highlights the importance of understanding learning journeys and the skills of curation ‘ “You’re getting beyond the one-size-fits-all textbook. You might buy a textbook, but half of it might not be relevant to your school…[this approach allows teachers to] cherry pick from a world of resources”.  It is also an accessible route into developing more personalised learning paths, with alternative mediums and delivery methods to achieve core learning aims. Once again, the stage is set for learning professionals in organisations to take inspiration and start to repurpose, reimagine and refocus their learning programmes by creating scaffolds of content that provide a more accessible, timely and contextualised route to excellence.  So when commissioning support from online learning experts, look for that holistic learning path approach.  The days of the single channel e-learning package are behind us just as much as chalk and talk.