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Turning Your Macro-Learning into Micro-Learning – Sage Advice: Episode 46

By June 3, 2019July 25th, 2020No Comments

Shannon Tipton from Learning Rebels describes the steps necessary to “convert” macro-learning to micro-learning. It isn’t as obvious as you’d think, and the nuances are where most companies get tripped up.

What’s first required is to understand the real definition of turning your macro-learning into micro-learning, and then to apply this definition to deconstruct the components and put them into the context of an overall learning experience or “trajectory.” See how in this video.

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Shannon Tipon:               Can you take traditional macro sized training and put it into micro-learning? No, what you have to do is you have to deconstruct it.

You start with your traditional large macro training, and then you recategorize it. What is it that you expect people to be able to do? And then you’re categorizing that into smaller components and then yet even smaller components.

So in some cases you can take your macro content and then have micro-learning elements to support it as performance support as you move down the line. But if you’re going to take your onboarding, which is the biggest offender of bloated content ever, then you have to deconstruct that and figure out exactly what you need people to be able to do, and then turn those into a series of micro-learning objects that have some sort of relationship.

The example that I like to give here is if you think about your mobile device, you think about your iPhone, for example. You have all your apps on your iPhone, on your Apple device, it allows you to categorize those all together. So you have a header that says maybe banking or travel, and then you open it up and you have all of the apps from which to choose.

So micro-learning works exactly in that same way. So you take your traditional content and you say, all right, communication skills. So now you’ve got a category on your iPhone that says body language. So I open up body language and I have all my little micro-learning objects there that have a micro-relationship, if you will, to body language. And so that’s how you begin to take your traditional content and put that into a micro-learning application.

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