MicroLearning: Quick Start Guide

We had a great session at Great Ideas in Colorado Springs talking about how microLearning opportunities can be threaded into our education strategy, bridging live and online learning events.

Now that you’re inspired to incorporate microLearning, where do you start?

If your organization is new to microLearning, a great place to start is designing learning extensions. Once you develop process and workflow around that, you’ll be ready to amp it up by taking a global look at your content priorities, channels, calendar, and prospective connections to lay out a map for content deployment.

But let’s say you’re interested in piloting microLearning on a smaller scale first. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Identify a priority topic. New federal legislation impacting your learner’s practice may be top of mind. Or new medical guidelines. Or new tools to do business better. Or fundamentals for practitioners starting their career. Choose a topic that you envision multiple touch points would benefit the learner and more closely tie that member to you as their content authority on the subject.
  2. Define your objectives. What do you want to accomplish with this education program? What measurable changes would you like to see in learners? Your objectives should drive your microLearning channel selection, how the content will contribute to the learning thread, and how you will measure success.
  3. Ask: These three questions are critical to your design –
    • Which aspects of the learning objective(s) can be met with microLearning?
    • What channels do we have available to thread learning?
    • What sequencing options would best benefit our learners?
  4. Design your learning pathway. Lay out the components of the learning pathway and how they will be threaded together. Are some components optional and others required? Does the sequence matter or can the pathway be entirely learner driven? What duration of time will the pathway cover?
  5. Design your learning assets. If your organization is not set up for this level of collaboration, ensure your channel managers are on the same page and understand how their asset contributes to the learning pathway. Your channel managers should know how to design their assigned asset to maximize the delivery.
  6. Deploy. Let it go! Also make sure your learners know what’s coming and how best to benefit from the learning pathway experience.
  7. Evaluate. Don’t wait until the end of your learning pathway programming to check in on how it’s performing. Your objectives will guide some of your measures for evaluating success. Also consider monitoring utilization and participant responses for opportunities to boost content, supplement what you’re offering, or reconsider your messaging approach to the segments you’re intending to reach.

MicroLearning assets can be intricate or simple. They can range from interactive gamified activities to a blog post. You can start with the channels you already have, activate additional modules in your LMS, or consider the spectrum of rapid content development opportunities available.

Happy threading!

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