Microlearning Tip: “Let Your Fingers Do the Talking” – Workshop Tip #216

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“The only thing that has remained constant is change.” In a time where there seems to be no end to technological advances, surviving it means to adapt. So how can this be applied in microlearning?
Millenials or Gen Z may or may not know this, but there was actually a time when the phrase “let your fingers do the walking” was one of the most popular slogans. It even has an iconic logo for it! Yes, dear young people, it was for the Yellow Pages. Back then, a phone book or directory was just that, a compilation of numbers and phone owners. A big, fat reference for when you need to contact a plumber, salon, bank, and almost every service provider under the sun (with a landline number, of course).
Fast forward to today, every information you need is available at your fingertips, literally. Now, our fingers don’t just merely walk, they talk!
The emergence of the Internet, smartphones, mobile devices, AI and all the revolutionary technological breakthroughs have definitely made life easier. People are able to communicate and connect with each other, faster. The convenience brought about by technology has also benefited the way we do our work and how we learn while at work.
The convenience brought about by microlearning
Meetings and training are no longer exclusive to boardrooms and classrooms. Answers and solutions to work issues and problems are just an SMS or a search bar away. So how do we make microlearning cope up with the times and stay relevant? How do we tweak our microlearning strategies and embed it into the workers’ and learners’ dynamic and mobile work lifestyles?
Realize that SMS or texting is such a powerful tool in doing work and learning. Work with your IT, and learning platform developers and administrators to find ways to add SMS as an add-on app or option in your microlearning lessons, exercises, and instructional design. You can also try to create microlearning answers and solutions in SMS format. This way, information becomes instantly shareable through text messaging.
Microlearning is not just about reducing content, answers, and solutions into bite-sized pieces and then feeding it to the learners.  More importantly, our job is to think of smart and strategic ways to integrate microlearning in the learners’ daily work life and how we can make their needed information easier to find, access, use, and share. The SMS option can definitely help achieve that.

Ray Jimenez, PhD
Vignettes Learning
“Helping Learners Learn Their Way”

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