When Training Magazine announced their 2016 Learning Design Challenge Winners, we couldn’t help but notice the impressive array of learning innovations on display. It was just more proof that the industry as a whole is moving to optimize the online learning experience and validate its effectiveness. The topics in this challenge included all the buzzwords you’d expect to see in a modern online learning competition. There were awards for gamification, mobile learning, and social collaboration.
But for Summit Learning and Technology, one award stood out among the rest; Microlearning. Therefore, we were pleased to see our name alongside our partner, Xyleme as the Gold Winners in this division.
We had reason to be so proud. This past year, we’ve put enormous effort into optimizing our content around microlearning and all the benefits it offers our users.
Microlearning begins with building short micro-lessons within our larger courses. What’s significant about these lessons is that they can be experienced alone, within their assigned course, or as part of a custom course created by the learner or instructor. They really are small nuggets of information that can be re-arranged, extracted, and added to other courses.
You can search for lessons by topic or tag words in PEAK and then apply those lessons to learning paths that consist of specific objective-based micro-learning courses. Instructors can create learning paths for their students, as well, empowering them to modify their courses on an as needed basis.
“...Data can be viewed by learners to keep track of their accomplishments or by instructors to compare and analyze student progress.”
Having small, micro-lessons also means you can experience your customized course in multiple formats with ease. While this enables customized courses to be printed or viewed on mobile devices, it also means any course you create can be viewed in our Learning Browser. This means you can access the lessons of your choice inside of Autodesk Applications such as AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, as well as Microsoft Office applications. Your customized learning content is consumed within the applications being learned.
“Instructors will have the ability to create custom courses, evaluate the effectiveness of those courses, and modify them on the fly for hundreds of learners around the globe. “
What’s more, tracking your progress is now available on a lesson-by-lesson basis. When you complete a quiz, watch a video, or finish a section of a lesson, your data is collected and added to your learning profile. This data can be viewed by learners to keep track of their accomplishments or by instructors to compare and analyze student behavior. Profiles display important milestones such as completed learning paths, acquired skills, and badges.
The value of this micro-information cannot be understated. Instructors will have the ability to create custom courses, evaluate the effectiveness of those courses, and modify them on the fly for hundreds of learners around the globe.
We’d like to thank Training Magazine for presenting us with Gold in Embedded Micro-Learning. This prestigious award means a great deal us at Summit Learning & Technology. It validates our efforts to innovate online learning and optimize the experience for both learners and instructors.