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Stine Snekkenes is Motimate Creative Studio’s trained pedagogist and resident expert in the method and practice of creating online courses. Her experience working with diverse organizations has proven just how important well-thought-out design and communication is in creating successful online learning. Stine has made it her mission to help learning teams everywhere design and deliver the best learning content that they possibly can.

What is micro-learning?

Micro-learning, or nano-learning, describes the practice of providing learners with short, focused units of learning content. The idea is to break content up into short lessons, focused on individual morsels of information, to make it more easily absorbed by learners.

Micro-learning has rapidly gained traction in organizational learning because it works in synergy with people’s busy schedules. It can be difficult to take time out of our working lives to dedicate to learning new skills and absorbing information that is important to our jobs. Micro-learning helps us to learn in short bursts so that we can learn faster – whilst we are commuting or during other moments of pause in our day. It also helps us to learn as we perform work tasks, so that we can apply the information in real-time, a concept known as learning in the flow of work

What does it mean for your learning content? 

We are used to digesting information on-demand, on our mobile phones. Micro-learning is a useful approach to creating content that works on a mobile phone.

At Motimate Creative Studio, there are a key set of principles that we apply when creating strong micro-learning content. I’m going to tell you what these are and how they work…

Break it up

Divide content up into individual content blocks. Assign just one key lesson per block. Dividing information up into manageable chunks helps learners digest and remember the information. 

Keep it short

Use short sentences. Make a single point in each sentence. Don’t use extra words.  

Use visuals

Imagery and graphics help punctuate word-heavy content, helping to break it up and bring it to life. They are also a useful tool for conveying messages and concepts faster and with fewer words.

Mix up your formats 

Applying alternative formats to content blocks helps make the learning more engaging by stimulating alternative parts of our brain, helping to make the information more memorable. Duller subjects can be made more engaging by using alternative formats to text, for example:

So, how does this transform the learning content? Here’s how we, at Motimate Creative Studio applied Micro-learning principles to communicate important messaging about cyber security to our customers.

Cyber security is of great importance, but when we are busy, we do not always pay as much attention to the risks as we should. At Motimate Creative Studio, we took a long piece of text about how to offset the risks of cyber-crime and turned it into something intensely more engaging and memorable delivering far greater benefit to Motimate’s users.  

The difference is obvious at-a-glance. The first is simply paragraphs of black and white text. The second is colorful, visual, and presented in sections. Which course would you rather follow?

Before

After

 Here’s how we did it in 5 steps . . .

  1. We kick-started the course with a set of direct questions to set clear objectives and map out a learning path, so the learner immediately knows what they will achieve by completing the course. 

2. Cyber-security can be a bit of a dry subject, so we used an animated video to introduce the topic and engage learners with the course. 

3. We divided information into easy-to-digest chunks with a dedicated section for each element of the module – delivering just one learning point at a time.

4. We also broke the text up, using short sentences to convey meaning and punctuating it with visually stimulating colorful graphics.

5. And we made it interactive, putting the individual in control of their own learning. We did this by including two buttons, requiring two separate actions at the end of every section:

1.    Validate completion of the section with a slider button 

2.    Actively select ‘Next’ to move to the next session.

Here’s what that looks like:

If you would like to find out more about how you can revolutionize your learning assets and create really engaging courses using micro-learning, get in touch with the team at Motimate Creative Studio today.

🎁 Welcome to Awesome Learning. Unwrapped. 🎁

Throughout December, our Creative Studio are sharing new hints, tips, and Motimate surprises. From design pointers to GIF-spiration and combatting short attention spans, there’ll be opportunities to learn something new every day.

We’ve created a Moti for each new tip, exclusively available for members of our Motimakers community.

Get unwrapping, and check back here every working day in the run up to Christmas to unveil more hints and tips. We’ll also keep you posted on social media.

Disclaimer: The Motimakers community is exclusively available to Motimate customers only.

Merry Christmas and a mighty Motimate new year!

Wishing all our customers, partners and friends a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year from everyone here at Motimate 

Our Creative Studio has got one final Moti for you to unwrap…

Tip #1: Be unboring

Learning shouldn’t be a chore, or something that makes you snore. Keep things lively with a mix of text, video, and image content.

And why not throw in a surprise or two?

Tip #2: Show, don’t tell

With a digital course, the only thing missing is the teacher – the person who’s on hand to explain, provide examples, and highlight the key points.

This is how you can recreate that role in your Motis.

Tip #3: Have a clear learning objective

Can you sum up the end goal of your learning content in a single sentence? 

If not, you might need to refine it again.

Tip #4: Think micro

This is everything you need to know about the power of learning in bitesize chunks. 

Tip#5: Know your audience

Read the room! Here are some things to consider when designing a new training course.

Tip #6: Use quizzes to reinforce learning

Quizzes are a great way to reinforce learning. Here are some of the best quiz options in Motimate…

Tip #7: Keep it colourful

Did you know? Colour can improve our ability to remember both words and pictures, and play a positive role in understanding new things.

Life doesn’t happen in black and white, so learning shouldn’t either!

Tip #8: Be unique

There’s no one quite like you, so put yourself in the lesson too. Here’s how…

Tip #9: How to deal with shrinking attention spans

Some studies say that the human attention span is close to that of a goldfish.

Here’s how to avoid your audience becoming distracted…

Tip #10: Blend it

The best lessons involve a mix of approaches. This is how to combine online and in-person learning with Motimate

Tip# 11: Get the learner involved

A study in 2018 found that 67% of students are more motivated by interactive courses – here’s how to make your Motis more hands-on

Tip #12: Colour it in

We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words. But only if you get it right. 

These are some straightforward but smart rules to get you started…

Tip #13: Add a little seasoning to your sentences

It’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it. Nailing your tone of voice will help your sentences since –and learners learn!

Tip #14: Now it’s personal

Doesn’t it feel nice when something’s been made just for you? Here are some simple tips for making your Motis more personal

Tip #15 isn’t a tip: it’s a trend

We’ve looked back over the past 12 months, to see which online learning trends are going to take off in 2022…

Tip 16#: Create, evaluate, recreate

How do you know your Moti really worked? Today we’re digging in to all the evaluation tips you’ll need to make your courses shine

Tip #17: Posters for your posts

Here’s how to create impact with text, pics, and a splash of color. No glue or cardboard needed.

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Designing for Inclusion in online learning

Inclusive learning design provides opportunity for everyone to succeed, in any given learning context, regardless of age, ability, experience, gender, race or religion. This means creating a safe space to learn that encourages everyone to have a go.

Learn more about Designing for Inclusion in online learning
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