Summary of How to Plan and Design Microlearning

How to Plan and Design Microlearning summary

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“Microlearning” is a trending buzzword among L&D professionals, but it remains a poorly defined and ill-understood concept. In a podcast discussion with The Elearning Coach host Connie Malamed, guest speakers Karl Kapp and Robyn Defelice, the authors of the first comprehensive guide to microlearning, debunk misunderstandings and offer tips for putting microlearning into action.

About the Podcast

On The Elearning Coach podcast, host Connie Malamed interviews designers, developers, authors and professors about learning trends, offering fresh ideas and actionable tips for creating online and mobile learning experiences. Karl Kapp, PhD, is a professor at Bloomsburg University’s Institute for Interactive Technologies. Robyn Defelice, PhD, is director of training at Revolve Solutions. They've co-written Microlearning: Short and Sweet.


Microlearning units help participants engage with and apply traditional learning content.

Microlearning is a short instructional unit with a clearly defined learning outcome. It isn’t time-bound and usually forms part of a broader curriculum or learning program. Developers design microlearning units to engage people and help them immediately apply new content to tackle a specific challenge.

One example of a microlearning campaign is iLookOut, designed to help child care workers identify suspected cases of child abuse. The caseworkers learned how to identify potential cases of child abuse in a conventional, video-based training class. In the following weeks, they received a series of microlearning lessons via their cellphones. The weekly lessons served as learning content reminders and nudged the caseworkers to watch out for signs of abuse during...

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