Much of what you’ll find online regarding microlearning is really just taking small pieces of traditional eLearning (videos, SCORM modules, snippets) and cutting them up into small pieces.

This has advantages over traditional long form eLearning (the dreaded 1 hour training module!), but it still has the same challenges.

None of us learn something just because we interact with it once. The only way we learn and retain, is practice, practice, practice.

Tell or Train?

Your first challenge is to ask yourself. Do you just want to communicate information to your learners, or do you want them to learn and retain?

If you want to communicate information to them, you have some great vehicles to do that - a traditional LMS does a great job of this, don’t use Otto to deliver this content.

Identify the content you really want your learners to learn. This is what should go into your Otto modules.

You’ll find that when you create content in Otto, you strip away the fluff, like "overviews".

Shifting Expectations

Everyone understands traditional eLearning. It’s straight forward. Create a (mostly) linear Powerpoint-style experience, add in some activities, and have a quiz at the end. It is normal for you, your team and your learners to feel comfortable with that model.

However, the traditional module is often more of a graphic design experience than an instructional design experience.

In Ottolearning, you’ll be focused on the instructional design not graphic design.

Try to forget everything you think you know about engaging learnings. Video, graphics, and other extraneous media doesn’t actually engage your learners.

The Contract Between a Trainer and a Learner

Imagine that you’ve made a contract with your Learners. They agree that they need to learn and retain certain information which will enable their and the organization’s success. You agree to use as little of their time as possible to have them achieve this goal.

Let’s focus on training as absolutely efficiently as possible.

How’s that? Different from a traditional mindset, isn’t it? Refreshing, perhaps? That’s Ottolearning.

How to Engage Learners

Everyone is learning every day. They Google for information, they ask their co-workers a question. We all naturally choose the depth of our learning, based on what we feel is necessary—reading a headline, reading a blog post or watching a video.

So, let’s agree that everyone is a natural learner.

The question is, who needs to know what, at what depth, and how long do they need to retain it for?

If you can agree with that, then you’re ready to plan for success.