If you haven't heard of it, you may be a little confused by all the talk that's going on about micro learning. Micro learning is simply a way of delivering content to you students in small, specific sections. Micro learning also puts the learner in charge of what they are learning and when they complete their learning or training.
Micro learning is an extremely popular technique to use when it comes to eLearning because a lot of the micro learning techniques fit in so easily with how eLearning works. We'll take a look at how micro learning works with eLearning, and how it ensures the students involved are getting the best learning experience possible.
Easy to Fit In
The idea of micro learning is to let your students learn in little bite-sized chunks instead of overloading them with a lot of information at once, as this can help them absorb and process what they are learning more effectively. Micro learning will therefore avoid things like lectures that last a few hours, and will focus more on short bursts of learning which can be completed whenever the student has the time for them.
This can be great for students, particularly if those students are taking part in workplace training, as it means they will be able to complete little bits of learning whenever they have a little spare time, or whenever they feel in the right mind-frame to learn, as opposed to having to sit for hours at a time, when they may be more focussed on something else. This can be especially great for particularly busy people, as they don't have to worry about blocking out a large chunk of the day for a training session, and can simply work their learning around their already existing schedule.
Micro learning activities can also be great to complete on the go. If you have access to your eLearning platform on your phone or tablet, you can use up those little bits of time throughout the day where you might not do anything particularly useful. This can be things like waiting for the bus in the morning or queuing to get your morning coffee. The possibilities are endless for completing a chunk of learning, and as each activity is designed to be small, you'll get the satisfaction of ticking another block of learning of your list.
Learn at Your Own Pace
As we mentioned in our previous post about eLearning, micro learning makes it very easy for students to learn at their own pace without worrying about what everyone else in the class is doing. If people feel very comfortable with the material, they will have the ability to progress quickly with the course work, whereas people who are perhaps having more of an issue with a particular topic won't feel rushed to catch up to the rest of the class, and can spend as much time as they need to before they have to move on.
There can be a lot of pressure involved if your expected to work at the same pace as a whole other group of people, so being able to learn at your own speed can take a lot of the stress off and make the learning experience a lot of more pleasant. You're also likely to learn a lot more if you're not stressed out all the time.
While there will probably be a date where the entire course, or an entire unit, needs to be finished, completing all the other pieces of learning in between is up to the student. This can also prove a lot less stressful for the students, as things like quiz assessments which may be carried out online as part of the course can be completed when the student feels ready to sit them, instead of them having to be organised on a specific day for the entire class to complete.
One great resource in both micro learning and eLearning is the use of videos. If you still want to deliver a lecture style course to your class, this can be done easily with the aid of videos. It's important to split your lecture up into small, digestible sections, so your students aren't overwhelmed with the amount of information they're being asked to learn.
You can make each clear section of your lecture into a video, meaning what would traditionally be an hour long lecture could be split up into 10 distinct videos. These can then be uploaded online so your students can view them through their eLearning platform. This means that they will be getting exactly the same information as they would in the more traditional lecture, but they can split it up into more manageable chunks.
This works great for micro learning because a student could chose to watch one video when they have the time, and spend additional time really getting to grips with the content in that video, before they move onto the next one.
Using videos instead of simply lecturing students also mean they can review the material as many times as they need to, rather than worrying about taking it all in in one go. It also lets them pause the video when they need to, for example if they are taking notes on the subject, or want to look up a a certain chapter in the reading material.
We've talked before about the benefits of eLearning, though we looked at it from an employer's points of view for workplace training. This post deals with how well micro learning and eLearning can work for the students when they are both used together.
Both eLearning and micro learning push the onus onto the student, so they are responsible for their own learning. While this may worry people as to whether or not the learning will get completed or not, it really means the students are able to see that they get out of training exactly what they put into it, and should push them to work harder and really make the time for their education.
Combining eLearning and micro learning will mean that students can fit in their learning whenever they have the time for it effectively and easily, as well as progressing with the work at their own pace, which should make the whole thing a more enjoyable experience!