4 Tips on How to Convert Long-Form eLearning Courses to Micro Lessons

He has high hopes of solving the problems that hinder his daily work, so he invested time and money to create e-learning courses.
Unfortunately, it had no impact. The completion rate is very low, the original problem still exists, and now you have a new problem: your long (but useful) course is useless and has no impact. It seems complicated, but don’t worry, your problem can be solved quickly.
Unlike long-term training, microlearning provides the same information, but groups it into smaller pieces. Most micro-classes do not exceed 15 minutes, which makes any task tolerable. Due to time constraints, the chosen theme should be focused, simple and direct.
Micro-learning mainly adapts to the needs and lifestyles of students in the 21st century. In addition, it not only provides many benefits for students, but also many benefits for companies.
81% of organizations surveyed by ATD Research are using or planning to start using micro-learning to support their employees.
In this article, we will review some key tips on how to start optimizing existing long-term courses.
Converting from long format to short format feels like a big cleaning. The first step is to determine the problem you want to solve (lack of knowledge, lack of skills, lack of confidence or behavior change, or other). The second step is to emphasize the “must” to solve this problem positively.
What does the student need to learn to fill the gap between what he knows now and what will affect his abilities?
As the content progresses, ask yourself this question. It will help you reduce useful things and eliminate lint.
Having said that, nothing is lost. If you encounter a lengthy explanation that is essential for training, consider reusing it in a different way. For example, longer points may be suitable for visual formats. Pictures can be a very effective way to immediately direct students’ attention to the most important part of the content. Consider the big idea and decide which is the most important part, and make a visual design.
It’s important to note that the visual effects you choose to use must have some intrinsic value. Placing something that does not increase the learning experience will only waste precious short learning time (especially on mobile devices).
The point is to evaluate the usefulness of the content you have included.
Keep these two questions in mind when reviewing your content:
What do students need to learn to fill the gap between what they know now and what will affect their abilities?
If it is important, what is the best delivery method?
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The fast micro-learning format allows students to take short breaks throughout the day instead of interrupting several hours at a time. They can focus on one thing for 515 minutes and then move on to more important topics. Requiring your employees to complete a 10-minute course per week is more realistic than a 3-hour course.
Keeping it short and sweet will go a long way. If students are easily distracted between meetings and come to you, then cherish it. Each word must have its own weight. Every sentence must have meaning.
How can you do this? On the one hand, stick to an idea.
Use this idea to guide all the decisions you make about your students and the important things they experience in the course. In addition, keep your sentences less than 15 words. The shorter the sentence, the smoother the reading. This may require deleting some lines, paragraphs or even videos from the structure. It’s okay. Consider each “point” and if it is not necessary, discard it. If so, include the “dots” and continue. Also, always consider linking industry vocabulary or ideas to resources so that anyone who wants to learn more can do so. This is a win-win situation.
Remember:
Each micromodule sticks to an idea
Use short sentences.
Get to the point. Eliminate history, background information and theory. Provide the “how to” immediately. Remember, your students will find solutions in time.
Don’t use big words, if necessary, use jargon links to read more.
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Due to the short format, students may wish to focus on more relevant topics. Imagine this: an employee of your company is attending a sales meeting that is 30 minutes late. They have about 20 minutes of free time at the front desk and decided to review some sales techniques. What matters now?
One thing that determines the success or failure of this moment is: Have you searched for (and accessed) the content they need in the course?
ensures that they can easily find and access this information. Also, avoid crossover themes. Maintain order within the category. You do not want them to log into the course, only to find that they cannot access the corresponding “sales” section. This can cause frustration, and you don’t want it. This is not the purpose of the course. After all, it was created to be useful when needed. Therefore, create a structure to perform this operation. The last thing you want to do is to keep them away from information that can improve your business results.
In addition to being easy to find, it is good practice to provide a short description as short as your course. These delicious little introductions will help guide anyone through their tasks.
The following is a list of questions to help you build any micro-learning module:

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