Everything you need to know about microlearning trends

Jul 9, 2019 by

Microlearning is an ever-growing trend in training, development and education where professional content is delivered in bite-sized pieces, across several channels and methods. There are many different ways to deliver microlearning, from mobile apps and gamification to interactive PDFs and infographics. In our latest post, we’re taking a look at the trends we’ve spotted within microlearning.

Why use a microlearning approach?

Before we get into it, firstly, we’re going to look at why exactly microlearning is an approach favoured by so many today. Microlearning is a great choice for both learners and teachers for a number of reasons, including:

• Content is easy to produce and deliver

• It’s an inexpensive method of learning

• It’s responsive to changing environments

• It can be easily integrated with new technology

Furthermore, because microlearning is content-specific, it often has a higher rate of transferring knowledge and practical application. Not only does microlearning lead to better results, but often, higher course completion rates. Thanks to microlearning techniques, learners are able to pick up study as and when they’re feeling most productive and engaged. No longer is learning a chore, but it’s enjoyable.

So, what are the microlearning trends you need to know about?

1. A rise in mobile apps

Thanks to technology today, using mobile apps for microlearning has never been easier. Microlearning is easily produced, concise and agile, meaning it was practically made for mobiles. No matter where a learner might be in the world, they can simply pull out their mobile and get studying using a whole range of delivery methods that are compatible with mobile devices. From podcasts to videos and everything in between, mobile apps offer it all.

2. Infographics

Infographics are visually engaging and easy to digest way to break down even the most complicated subjects into concise segments perfect for microlearning. They can be used as a stand-alone method or included with other types of content, whether it be on an app or in an eBook.

3. Gamification

Gamification doesn’t actually refer to inserting games into eLearning content, but, the application of game thinking within a non-gaming context. For example, many mobile learning apps use gamification within training and development strategies. To put it simply, traditional training or learning exercises within microlearning are made into a larger game to encourage users to continue learning. For example, the more material they work through, the more badges or perks they earn.

This type of microlearning can lead to better results in both experiences and outcomes for the learner. Furthermore, it’s a great source of instant feedback that is sure to motivate learners.

So, these are just three of the ways microlearning can be incorporated into education. Although these aren’t necessarily new trends, they are indeed rising and we expect them to stick around throughout 2019 and beyond. If you’ve been considering microlearning as a method of education, these are the trends you should utilise, particularly mobile apps as they roll all three into one. Implementing these types of trends to your learning approach, whether it be for an individual or cooperation can work wonders when it comes to increasing the effectiveness of development programs. So, if you’ve been considering a microlearning approach, these are three methods that will make it a whole lot easier for you.

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