If you’re thinking about investing in microlearning, thinking it is all about chunking down content into small units, hold on! There are usually a few questions that need to be addressed to make a strong business case for microlearning.
What exactly is microlearning and for what purpose do you intend to use it? Are there any drawbacks to consider? Is microlearning the right solution to every learning problem? Our new eBook – ‘Microlearning: It’s Not What You Think It Is’ digs deeper into the actual meaning of microlearning and dispels common misconceptions about the term.
Whether you envision microlearning as an on-demand resource like YouTube or as bite-sized content spread over time, the eBook provides clarity on each approach and guides you in choosing the right one for your needs.
Why You Should Read This eBook
‘Microlearning: It’s Not What You Think It Is’ offers a refreshing perspective on microlearning and goes beyond the hype that surrounds this concept. Clark Quinn, The author of the book and the Chief Learning Strategist, humbly shares valuable insights, backed by research and practical experience, making it an indispensable resource for L&D professionals and learners alike. The eBook guides you through the essentials of microlearning while shedding light on the common pitfalls too.
What is microlearning really?
To give you the necessary background to get the most out of microlearning, in this eBook we put microlearning under the microscope and look at the bigger picture.
There are 10 chapters and a list of references we think will help get your mind around microlearning:
1. Microlearning is None of These Things!
What is microlearning? There are generally two different stories you may have heard. One says, “it’s like YouTube, you look something up and it helps you get it done.” The other says “it’s little bits of a course, spread out over time”. Both of these can be good things, yet, they’re also very different. They’re also possible to get quite wrong!
2. When is Microlearning the Right Solution?
So, we’ve got two definitions of microlearning: performance support and spaced learning. Each has its place. So just when do they make sense? That’s worth exploring, but to do so, we need to look a wee bit at how we actually work and learn.
3. The Costs of Doing Microlearning the Wrong Way
Microlearning has benefits, and it’s easy to fall into the belief that it solves all problems. However, when we look a bit deeper, we see that there are times when microlearning isn’t appropriate. Moreover, even if it is right, you might go about it wrong.
4. Overcome These Common Challenges of Microlearning
Microlearning has the promise of being a useful tool in your kit of solutions. Yet, there are ways to go obviously wrong. Knowing ways that you can go wrong increases the likelihood that you don’t.
5. 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Do Microlearning
Despite the hype about microlearning, is there really any ‘there’ there? Let’s consider, then, some reasons why you might not want to do microlearning.
6. Case Study: Performance Support
Performance support is really about two things: the right information, at the right time. While this sounds simple, the details can be difficult.
7. Case Study: Spaced Learning
Spaced Learning, to be effective, needs to have a planned rollout, where the initial concepts are reinforced and expanded upon. It needs a good grip on a sustained campaign, as our brains can only learn a little bit in each instance.
8. Microlearning Best Practices
How do you do microlearning well? What practices in implementation make a difference? The recommendations go from generic guidance about eLearning to specifics around the major two delivery methods. Here we review the practices through the design process.
9. Expert Advice: Creating a Successful Microlearning Strategy for Your Organization
Microlearning isn’t just an initiative and needs to be treated as a platform. Even with two different approaches, each can be applied to a number of situations. Thus, microlearning needs to be treated strategically.
10. The Future of Microlearning
Where is microlearning liable to go? For one, we hope that microlearning as a buzzphrase disappears. We’d prefer folks think about performance support as a solution, and spaced learning as a different solution, both with their unique opportunities and rationales.
Ready to rediscover microlearning? Click here to download the eBook, ‘Microlearning: It’s Not What You Think It Is’.
Don’t miss out on this valuable resource – start your microlearning journey today.