Hosting an Educational Event? Try Microlearning

Take a cue from TED Talks with short learning exercises

They say knowledge is power, but gaining that knowledge—well, that’s a whole other story. 

For meeting planners hosting Educate events, finding the sweet spot of information sharing can be challenging when every person learns differently. Sure, a lecture-style meeting setup might be effective for some, but for more visual learners, your objectives might fall flat. 

Instead of trying to find that elusive fit-for-all learning style, try microlearning. Microlearning is a type of presentation style that breaks down topics into short chunks of information. Considered “learning bursts,” these presentations follow the same timing guidelines as TED Talks—meaning that they are generally about 18 minutes or less. They can include videos, lectures, hands-on activities or other media. 

Unlike longer presentations that bombard learners with a wealth of information, microlearning sessions only give listeners the essential details. By eliminating excess information, learners will get the imperative facts or figures straight away and will also be better poised to retain that knowledge.  

Building a Microlearning Presentation

Start by categorizing your presentation information into two categories: “need to know” and “extra.” Just like it sounds, whatever details are deemed as “need to know” should constitute the basis of your speech. As you detail the presentation agenda, it’s OK to throw in some of the “extra” information should time allow, but remember: The aim of a microlearning approach is to present key knowledge. If your presentation seems straight to the point, that is, well, the point.

When to Use Microlearning

Benefits aside, not every topic can be boiled down to 18 minutes. Here are three situations where microlearning is most effective.

1. Remote meetings. 

Virtual events might engage a wider audience, but they also open up opportunities for distraction and multitasking. Short microlearning courses will minimize the chance of attendees’ minds—or bodies—wandering off from the other side of the screen.

2. Training.

Implementing a new process or teaching a new skill? Microlearning sessions make learning objectives clear. When introducing a new concept, consider rolling out a microlearning training program to ensure attendees have a thorough understanding of the new process, technique or product.  

3. When you want to engage attendees quickly.

Not every event can be an all-day affair. For meetings that are short on time, microlearning presentations will get straight to the point so you can maximize attendees’ time.