Hi, this is George Hanshaw, and I teach instructors and designers how to create meaningful learning experiences and create connections between learners and content. Microlearning is a great way to facilitate these learning connections! When it comes to microlearning focus is the key to success. Here are four ways you can help to keep your microlearning focused as you create it.
1. Define focus form the learners perspective. Think of them as a youth athlete. You have probably heard people yelling focus. What in the world does that mean? Yelling it certainly doesn't help. Focus, is the ability of a person to place their attention on the task at hand. We call this being in the moment. Think for a moment form the learner's experience. How will they stay in the moment? The best way is to give them content they can use. Make it meaningful. These four steps are us
2. Write your objective and then write content. Take time here to write a very focused objective. Make sure your beginning action word is measurable and succinct enough to keep you focused on your writing. Here's a bad example. Understand how a microprocessor works. First off we can't measure the verb understand. Secondly, this means something different to everyone that reads it. Confusion is soon to ensue. Thirdly this is not nearly defined succinctly enough to keep it micro. Microlearning is just a piece of the entire process. What do you think about Define basic uses for microchips?
Write your content as well. Do not worry about getting off topic just let it flow and then put it away overnight.
3. Cut your content. After a good night sleep...cut it up. Go through and cut everything out that does not directly pertain to the focused objective you wrote. You will probably notice that you wrote some content that supports secondary subjects within your primary content. Anything detailing the history of does not belong unless your objective is the history of your topic.
I find myself cutting about one half to two-thirds of the content because it doesn't "focus" on my objective. Even if the content fits, ask yourself if it is meaningful.
4. Engage. How will you engage the learner? What is your plan for getting them to use the content? What tools do you have to use? If it is a video you can ask reflective questions, ask questions and then give the answer, or give an action item after the short video. Just make sure however you engage it is meaningful for the learner.
To make focused microlearning remember: