Learners are constantly adding new information to their repertoires. Microlearning adjusts for new contexts by intentionally considering these key ideas:
- Learners access information from anywhere using the phones in their pockets. This promotes “just-in-time” learning, which leverages intentional delivery to help people quickly and easily do what is necessary.
- Because learners keep a relatively small amount of information in their short-term memories, which reduces cognitive load (Green, 2019), providing just-in-time learning helps reinforce what’s important at a certain moment.
The Earth and Mineral Sciences’ Glass blowing studio worked with the Dutton Institute and Articulate Rise 360 to develop just-in-time training to prompt students to understand important safety protocols prior to engaging in a potentially dangerous work setting. Information is optimized to be displayed and consumed via mobile phone. Learners guide themselves sequentially through key steps to keep themselves (and others) safe just prior to and during this very “hands on” learning experience. Learners toggle through content that includes how to protect one’s eyes, ears, breathing and ingestion and learn about proper practices for working with high heat, dressing appropriately, and managing other safety and first aid concerns. Reinforcing safety protocols every time a student walks into the glass studio makes good sense, as students are provided with information in a timely and accessible manner.
Accessibility is only as good as the tools you are using and the way in which you use them. Images need alt tags, videos need captions, and headings need be used, to name a few. Articulate is constantly upgrading their accessibility.