What is Microlearning?

It used to be that most companies offered training courses in a classroom setting. Today, since most employees have heavy workloads and deadlines to be met, the focus has shifted to training that won’t overload their brains but will help them retain information in a more relaxed manner. With brevity being key, this is where microlearning takes the front seat.

Microlearning Explained

In simple terms, microlearning is best described as ‘breaking down a large amount of information into smaller units.’ This is done so that the learner will be able to retain the information in an easier manner and for a longer period of time. It also makes these kinds of training courses easier to create, update and disseminate to larger audiences using e-learning apps or microlearning platforms.

All content on microlearning platforms or apps needs to be short or bite-sized. This makes it easy for learners to absorb, remember and give them a sense of accomplishment. The list below gives you examples of such content:

1. Text

It’s best to create text using shorter phrases, sentences, and paragraphs. Shorter amounts of text ensures that learners are not distracted, and do not get fed up with reading large amounts of information.

2. Images

Use photographs or illustrations related to the text information as your visual aid in this type of e-learning.

3. Videos

Short videos that explain processes in a step-by-step manner, are a great example of microlearning content.

4. Audio

Audio clips can also help learners retain information. They are especially important to those that may be visually impaired but need and want to train on a particular subject.

5. Tests or Quizzes

These are a good way to test the learner’s knowledge on whatever information they have read through from their training course on the microlearning platform.

6. Gamification

Gamification uses simple game-based scenarios with badges and certificates to engage learners and help them retain information in a less formal setting.

Benefits of Microlearning

1. Faster Delivery Time

Microlearning involves creating bite-sized units of information for learners and therefore takes a shorter amount of time to create and deliver. Not only is this good for the learners but it also makes it easier to adapt to training demands that constantly change.

2. It is more Economical

Creating microlearning training material is cost-effective. There is no need for a large number of instructors or resources since the learners will go through the course on the e-learning app themselves. All that is needed is a simple learning management system editor (LMS editor) to create training content with ease.

3. It is Flexible

Microlearning courses can be created to cover any kind of subject whether it is just an overview or in detail. Topics can range from simple to complex (even though this may not be ideal in some cases) and will be offered as bite-sized units.

4. It is more Engaging

Learners will find microlearning more engaging as it aims at offering short, single-objective, focused lessons. This kind of training also helps them to avoid feeling like they are studying for a major test or exam.

5. Knowledge retention becomes easier

By using micro-units of information, learners will find it easy to remember information from their first read-through. This will also aid in retaining knowledge when they go through the information again and again.

6. Learners can train in their spare time

Microlearning is beneficial to learners since it also offers them the opportunity to train whenever they have time. There is no pressure to finish a topic by a certain time and since the information is reduced to micro-units that can be downloaded easily, they actually feel more comfortable training in their spare time.


As we’ve seen, microlearning has far-reaching capabilities in the corporate world. Now that you’ve understood what it is, along with its numerous benefits, there’s no time like the present to check it out and experience it for yourself!

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