Microlearning in Practical Examples

Jan 11, 2017

It’s official: microlearning has been the hottest new e-Learning trend of 2016. It was the talk of the DevLearn 2016 conference, and the number of articles on the topic published by the leading e-Learning websites is, frankly, a bit frightening. If you’ve been living under a rock recently and haven’t heard of microlearning, the idea behind it is really simple: delivering information in bite-sized chunks, so that every concept or idea has an individual learning unit dedicated to it. For example, a video tutorial explaining a concept or answering a “How does X work” would be a good example of microlearning.

Microlearning pursues the following goals:

  1. Making information more accessible by portioning it into small chunks.

  2. Motivating the learners.

  3. Creating supporting tools for learning.

  4. Assisting with knowledge consolidation.

Geenio allows you to create courses consisting of a single page. Why not take advantage of this by creating small learning units for microlearning? We used Geenio to create a number of examples illustrating the main concepts behind microlearning, accompanied with short explanations. We hope that they will help you better understand what microlearning is and how to best apply its lessons in practice. To take advantage of these examples, log in to Geenio with the following credentials:

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Microlearning examples

Motivational video

Motivating the learners before beginning to teach can pay enormous dividends, but how to go about it? There are many different approaches. For example, you can prepare a micro unit featuring a motivational video which would give some introductory information and engage the learners. Naturally, the video should excite and inspire, and should not be too long. http://elearncity.com/courses/21

Preliminary test

Knowing what the learners know and what they do not know before starting a course can be a big help. This makes preliminary tests an important facet of microlearning. A preliminary test can be presented as a separate micro unit designed to gauge the learners’ knowledge. This affords two benefits: first, it helps you understand whether the learners are ready to take the course, and if so, what topics should be emphasized. Second, if you conclude the course with another test, comparing the results will give you a clear picture of what the course has taught the learners, and of the course’s overall effectiveness. http://elearncity.com/courses/20

Virtual unit

At the moment, virtual reality is trending heavily, both in e-Learning and elsewhere. It would be a mistake not to use it for motivating learners and creating small learning units on different topics. With the help of RoundMe, you can create a panoramic object and enhance it with virtual transitions, thus coming as close to a true virtual reality experience as you can without the specialized equipment. You can then import your virtual environment into a Geenio course as an iframe object. http://elearncity.com/courses/22

If you do have a virtual reality headset, such as Oculus Rift or Google Cardboard, you can visit the RoundMe website and roam your virtual environment with full immersion. I assure you that any learner would be chomping at the bit after such an introduction, and would be eager to begin learning in earnest.


Infographics can also serve as an excellent microlearning tool. Think about how you perceive the information on a poster containing an infographic and how much time it takes. Likely, you are skimming it at first, paying attention to the brightest images and largest numbers. Then, if the infographic has engaged you, you begin studying it in detail. In most cases, it doesn’t take you longer than 5 minutes. Unsurprising, as infographics were originally designed for quickly communicating the gist of a specific matter or issue. http://elearncity.com/courses/23

Best practices

It’s no secret that man learns best from practical examples and his experience and mistakes. So, before you let your students practice (and make mistakes), make sure to introduce them to a few real-life examples. Highlight the peculiarities of every case you discuss, and point out alternative solutions that may have worked better under the circumstances. Every single example you make would be an excellent microlearning unit. http://elearncity.com/courses/25

Videos giving an answer to a single question

You can spice microlearning up with some videos, just be mindful of the following constraints:

  1. Keep the videos short (ideally, under 10 minutes in length).

  2. Every video should be focused on a single subject or give an answer to a single question.

For example, “What motivates you?” shows how you can engage the audience and get your point across in under ten minutes. Just imagine how stoked your learners would be to learn about motivation after watching the video.

Keep in mind that the microlearning scenarios listed here are just the tip of the iceberg. In the coming years, the list will only expand with other brilliant options and possibilities. If you’ve got a great fresh idea about how microlearning can be applied in your work, share it in the comments!