Basics of Micro Learning and its Benefits

The basic concept of micro learning is to organize and deliver educational and training material into short segments. Traditional educational approaches have focused on presenting material through long form content, like eBooks and eLearning courses, requiring the learner to spend long periods of time focusing on multiple concepts, subjects, or skills at a time.  In contrast, micro learning is designed to be delivered in smaller segments that take less time to complete. This form of learning is much more in tune with the modern learner’s attention span and lifestyle and ability to retain the knowledge or skill acquired.

Basics of Micro Learning and its Benefits
Basics of Micro Learning and its Benefits

Micro learning benefits both the learner and the content designers in training organizations. It benefits the learner because they are able to more quickly acquire knowledge through a variety of formats adapted to the technologies they are already using in their everyday lives. Educational and training organizations benefit because these smaller courses are cost effective to develop and to update as needed. Overall, micro learning allows for many levels of variation and customization in education.

The Characteristics and Implementation of Micro Learning

Micro learning better enables material to be delivered through various forms of media, such as video, short presentation, a PDF document, audio, a short quiz or game. The key to delivering material in a micro learning format is to make sure the course segments are divided into smaller chunks. For instance, instead of a video course lasting an hour and covering various topics in a single video, these same topics can be divided into shorter individual videos or combined with other content types. Likewise, micro learning allows for material to be adapted into formats better suited for modern technologies. Large volume of text, for example, is difficult to consume on the smaller screen mobile devices that are widely used by today’s learners.

Characteristics and Implementation of Micro Learning
Characteristics and Implementation of Micro Learning

For some areas of study, the segmentation of information and knowledge isn’t just beneficial; it’s optimal.  For example, in teaching a new software application that performs a variety of functions, the educator is better able to focus the learner’s attention on the most relevant parts of that software. This way the learner is able to quickly learn a new software skill without having to also learn parts of that software that may not be entirely useful for their purposes.

Why Learning Institutions and Employers Should Use Micro Learning

The applications and benefits of micro learning are not just limited to the classroom based learning materials, however. Businesses can use micro learning to make employee training more time and cost effective. By teaching new skills in short and focused segments, employees are able to spend more time doing their jobs and less time sitting in training rooms and access the learning at the moment of need to perform a job-task more confidently and correctly. Learning courses used by businesses have a great deal of flexibility in their implementation, and micro learning allows for these businesses to focus on the skills that would most benefit their employees and the organization as a whole.

Learning Institutions and Employers Should Use Micro Learning
Learning Institutions and Employers Should Use Micro Learning

For training organizations, micro learning helps solves the issue of keeping their eLearning content relevant and accessible to the modern learner. Today’s learners, are constantly consuming entertainment and are always connected to social media. The fact of the matter is, educational institutions must adapt to this world in order to keep their student’s interested and engaged. Micro learning also helps learning organizations adapt to the 70:20:10 framework now common in the field of learning and skill development.  The 70:20:10 framework requires that education be presented in three different learning types: 70% Experiential (Experience) which takes the form of hands-on tasks and real world practice, 20% Social (Exposure) which involves learning through collaboration and interaction with peers and mentors, and 10% Formal (Educational) which takes the form of tests and traditional instruction.  This innovative framework has been found to be effective for learners in the educational system and workers in the business sector. Equally important, because smaller educational course units are quicker and cheaper to both develop and update, educational organizations are to keep themselves up-to-date in a fast, cost effective matter. The cost effective nature of micro learning along with its ability to adapt courses to today’s media formats and attention spans, means businesses, educational institutions, and learners, all benefit from this innovative concept.

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Mobile Learning in Education using Instancy Mobile App Platform

Wouldn’t it be great if busy professionals could learn at their own convenience to develop their skills or gain new ones; they can carry their learning resources and access them anywhere and engage in the learning process anytime that is most convenient?  They can have an entire learning university including social learning connections within it in their ‘back pockets’ and fingertips!

Mobile learning makes sense because mobile devices is what users prefer to search and browse the internet, access data and information just at the point of need. It is immediate and it is convenient.

There are many ways in which a mobile learning experience can be configured and delivered to your learners.  Moreover, there are many type of learning resources that you can include on your mobile experience ranging from short learning modules, online quizzes/tests, documents, virtual classrooms or blended leaning tracks that combine many modalities of learning and add prerequisite and learning sequences as well.

Instancy Mobile Learning App platform offers training and education institutions many options to create and publish branded mobile learning apps. There are three different approaches for creating and packaging branded mobile learning apps with Instancy learning platform:

Option 1: Learning Management System Portal as a Responsive Website

Learning Management System Portal as a Responsive Website
Learning Management System Portal as a Responsive Website

Instancy LMS website in a complete online university website that is ‘responsive’ and it adjusts to the web browser and device and can work on a browser or any mobile device like a tablet or a smart phone.

This mobile responsive website can be used to deliver and access eLearning content, class room registration, notifications and it can provide discussion forums for experts and students to discuss various topics within their learning.

Option 2: A Branded Mobile Learning Management Native App

The second option is to create a branded mobile learning native app which can be published as an android app on google store or published on the apple app store. Within the native app you can provide the students with native experience through which they can connect with the server.

A Branded Mobile Learning Management Native App
A Branded Mobile Learning Management Native App

Through the mobile learning native app, learners can connect to Instancy content server, a cloud based application, through which they can access all the assigned learning in multiple modalities.

They can receive ongoing assignments of eLearning tutorials which could be very short to keep the learning concise and something that they complete in a short period of time they can have a organized list of videos, documents and include quizzes with various kinds of interactions they can also receive push notifications about reminders and re-enforcement on what they are learned, besides that  users can also engage with other learners using discussion forums and browse through list of all the other pears and connect with them in formal way as part of the learning environment. Through this native app users can also given the opportunity to download the content on the device and access that content at their own time in a offline mode their progress and scores can be recorded on the device with in the app and can be synchronized to the server at a later time.

Option 3: Package an eLearning Course as Mobile Native App

Package an eLearning Course as Mobile Native App
Package an eLearning Course as Mobile Native App

The third option for creating your mobile learning native app is to publish a set of content, for example, a specific course, online test, a set of documents or videos within the native app and published on to the app store. The ‘eLearning course app’ is a standalone app that can be downloaded on learners’ tablet or smartphone and it does not need to connect with the server to access the content or to provide any kind of user login, password or maintain any learner progress tracking on the server side. The content is all packaged with in the app the user can access the content multiple times and their progress data is kept within the downloaded native app.

Summary
Based on the business requirement, with Instancy mobile learning app platform, there are multiple ways to create and publish mobile learning for your learning organization or training business. You can upload existing content such as videos, documents, existing eLearning courses or you can create new mobile learning content including micro learning tutorials, test or quizzes, surveys and leaning tracks using Instancy authoring tools on cloud-based Instancy Learning Content Management Server (iLCMS). From the iLCMS you can publish your content within:
a) Intancy’s browser based mobile learning management system or
b) Mobile native app that connects to the content server and provides self-registration, access to a catalog of learning resources and track learner progress or
c) Stand-alone native app with packaged content without needing to connect a cloud-hosted content server.

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