What is Microlearning?

Microlearning enhances learning and performance in the most efficient and effective manner possible through short pieces of content.
(ATD, 2022)

Theory Behind Microlearning

Microlearning is a learner-centered and concise form of learning that is designed to be consumed quickly. Microlearning content should not cover more than one or two learning objectives and contains a micro-assessment (quick quiz, matching, video questions, open-ended response, etc). The ideal length for a microlearning is about 4-5 minutes, and no longer than 10 minutes (ATD, 2022). Video is the most common form of microlearning, but there are other methods available, such as: podcasts, a self-paced online module, microblog, games, and job aids or infographics.

German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus had trails on human memory which evolved into microlearning. "Ebbinghaus pioneered the ‘forgetting curve’ which illustrates how much information the brain can retain over time, and how quickly people typically forget new knowledge they have acquired - people only retain 21% of what they learn within a month" (Greany, 2022).

There are many benefits to microlearning. Some of these benefits include: less cognitive overload, quick to consume, flexibility with learning, higher engagement, and digestible bites. Some challenges that arise with microlearning are: dividing up large chunks of content, achieving the detail needed, and ensuring consistency across content.

Training Plan and Execution

Please see below for a detailed training plan an execution of a microlearning regarding facilitation engagement strategies.


ATD. (2022). What is microlearning?: ATD. Association for Talent Development. Retrieved November 16, 2022, from

Greany, K. (2022, October 17). The best microlearning examples to inspire you for 2022. Elucidat. Retrieved November 16, 2022, from,new%20knowledge%20they%20have%20acquired.