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Microlearning: Definition, Principals, and Examples

If you’ve been working in the eLearning field for some time, you must have encountered the term ‘microlearning.’ While you might intuitively understand that the term stands for some kind of ‘smaller’ learning, it would be better to clear up what microlearning is exactly and, maybe, benefit from it in your training practice.

What is microlearning? 

Microlearning is a skill-based approach to eLearning that delivers information in small, highly focused chunks. Microlearning modules are short, focused on a specific issue (or an aspect of the issue), come in any format (video, podcast, presentation, game, etc.), and are all mobile friendly.

The 3 basic microlearning principles:

  1. Less is more

  2. Deliver in small segments

  3. Stimulate and engage the learner

Now, you might think okay, but how does it work in real life? Check out these examples of microlearning:

As you can see, microlearning is something we all use and like. A great thing about it for eLearning professionals is that you can take advantage of this ultrafamiliar format in your online training and develop employees’ skills in a way they’ll love.

If you want to learn more about microlearning and the opportunities it provides for instructional designers, check out our article on the basics of microlearning. Do any of you already apply this approach in your eLearning? Feel free to share your experience in the comment section below! 😉

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