5 Ways Micro-learning Can Enrich Your Online Course

There’s a reason Twitter, Yammer, and TED Talks are powerful forces on the web: these bite-sized platforms are engaging, digestible, and memorable.

You can harness this same power in your e-classroom by incorporating micro-learning, a new trend in education and training that’s spiked over the last few months.

Google Trends shows that "micro-learning" has been a frequent search in recent months

Google Trends shows that “micro-learning” has been a frequent search in recent months

What is Micro-learning?

Micro-learning involves small, well-planned activities that focus on just one objective and take between 1 and 15 minutes.

Micro-learning activities can be as traditional as a one-question quiz, as interactive as a short simulation, or as unexpected as a quick game. These “learning nuggets,” as they’re often called, can function well at any point in your course, depending on your goals. However you choose to use it, micro-learning can enrich your course in a number of ways.

Bite-sized lessons lend themselves to mobile learning. A recent study reveals that mobile learning increases student motivation.

Advantages of Micro-learning

  1. Increased flexibility: Micro-learning activities are bite-sized, so they’re easy to complete on the go. Instead of having to carve out time to sit for a 45-minute lecture, students can listen to a 5-minute podcast while they wait in line or catch the bus.
  2. Focused performance: Targeted objectives make knowledge stick, especially in our info-rich online environment. With micro-learning activities, students will avoid information-overload and instead focus on what matters. Reading a microblog and responding with a one-sentence summary, for instance, keeps students on point and ready for the next stage of your course.
  3. Efficient assessment: Quick knowledge checks, like a one-question quiz, let you ensure students are on point without losing their attention before the next task.
  4. Appealing variety: Incorporating micro-learning activities keeps students from getting lulled into knowing what to expect. In addition, quick switches between highly focused tasks mimics the pace of many corporate environments. Micro-learning not only keeps students on their toes, but also primes them for later careers.
  5. Constructive fun: Because micro-learning activities cater to a short attention span, they feel less like work and more like play. And who couldn’t use more of that?

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