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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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Instancy Learning Management System (LMS) Integration with SalesForce and other Third Party Applications

Instancy Learning Management System integrates with many third-party applications and tools in order to make the learning process integrated with the business processes and workflow of day-to-day tasks. Instancy provides API connectors that allow other applications to send and receive data to and from Instancy LMS application.

Integration with CRM Applications Like SalesForce and SalesNet

Instancy integrates with CRM applications like salesforce (dot) com and SalesNet so that learning providers or training companies and businesses who store their data in salesforce (dot) com can verify the client or student records using the Salesforce integration API and other similar APIs and ensure that valid people are accessing the learning management system and assigned courses. In addition, Instancy LMS integrates with events in the SalesForce database that correspond with classroom or in-person training events within the learning management system.

Integration with Web-Conferencing Tools GoToMeeting, GoToTraining and WebEx

Instancy also integrates with web-conferencing tools such as GoToMeeting, GoToTraining and WebEx using API connectors. GoToMeeting can be used for conducting virtual classrooms. These tools enable users to connect in real time with peers and instructors and share slides and video, along with chatting in real time within the web conferencing tool.

The Instancy LMS integration with virtual meeting and virtual classroom tools like GoToMeeting and GoToTraining ensures that all virtual classroom sessions can be launched directly from within the LMS without needing to separately log on to a different application. In addition to that, new events or sessions can be created within the administrator interface of the Learning Management System, which means that you do not need to create these events in two different places; one within the LMS, and second within the virtual classroom tool. Moreover, the attendance of users within the virtual class can be accessed using an API and the Learning Management System can store the data for tracking and reporting purposes, so that the student has seamless access to all kinds of eLearning and virtual classroom activities within a single student portal.

Integration with Social Networking Sites

Instancy also provides integration with social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus. This allows users to log in with their social networking site credentials; for example, a user already has a Facebook or LinkedIn account to log into the LMS or to establish their photo and profile information so they don’t have to retype the data. The LMS can then access using this pre-existing username and password.

Integration with Human Resource Information System (HRIS)

Instancy application can also share and retrieve information from HRIS Human Resources Information systems, allowing companies to maintain their employee records and their employment and performance records related information for learning management systems, designed to help employees access learning resources such as eLearning courses and classroom training events.

Instancy provides integration to Human Recourse Information System (HRIS) so that employee data can be retrieved from the HRIS and data does not need to be reentered to the Learning Management System manually. As such, if new employee records are either added or some existing records are removed, the Learning Management system will be updated with those changes; furthermore, the job profiles or job role assignment information for each employee can be used to personalize the assignment of the learning courses to each employee.

Integration with PayPal and AUTHORIZE dot Net

For learning providers, Instancy provides integration with various credit card processing systems such as PayPal and Authorize (dot) net; this integration allows an individual to buy an eLearning or classroom course or an eBook from their learning portal using their credit-card. The learning provider’s merchant account or Pay-Pal account gets credited and they receive an email notification for all the ecommerce transactions occurring on the eLearning portal. By providing seamless integration with credit card payment gateways, Instancy ensures that the ecommerce transactions can happen within the learning portal, without any need to leave it to go to another website.

Integration with Other Third Party Applications

Instancy also provides integration with a single sign-on and provides APIs to be able to create integration with any application. This could be a website or web application, so that the users already logged on to that site or that application can log on to Instancy and can connect to the Instancy learning management system without having to retype their username and password.

Instancy integrates with various content libraries such as Skill-Soft and Pearson-Education to enable access to various pre-existing libraries of courses, meaning that learning organizations can take advantage of generic off-shelf content.

This document describes some of the applications that Instancy LMS integrates with to enable seamless access and data integration across the enterprise and various information systems.

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