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Microlearning: Lessons when you need them

Bite sized lessons for better message retention.


Microlearning delivers frequent, bite-sized bursts of highly focussed content. It has been clinically proven that learning though small pieces of information at a higher frequency aids retention. It’s also quicker and easier to develop and maintain, because Microlearning utilises small, manageable components.

Achieve’s authoring tool makes it simple to create short, engaging lessons that get directly to the point. We provide practice environments wherever possible, including frequent reinforcements. All of this ensures that learners are achieving the targeted outcomes of your lesson.

What is microlearning?

Microlearning is a modern approach to learning that is based on short, concise lessons delivered to learners when it suits them best. Achieve encourages lessons to be interesting and challenging for learners, which makes it great for business. Microlearning can be used to teach knowledge or skills that learners can approach at their own speed and put it into practice immediately.

Microlearning was pioneered on computers, but with the popularity of smartphones, going mobile is a natural fit. Smartphones bring with them the benefits of push notifications for lesson reminders and relevant content that is always up-to-date and accurate. It’s convenient too – devices automatically stay up to date, and there is  no need for learners to log in each time they open the app.

So far, experiments in Microlearning have shown increased retention, more engagement and better outcomes than with traditional desktop-based eLearning. This is due to a number of factors:

Learners feel a greater sense of accomplishment, as rewards are earned quickly and progress is tangible. The feeling that they have taken meaningful steps towards their goals in a short time motivates learners to return to the app again and again.

Short, succinct courses make outcomes clear. By implementing a single learning objective in each Achieve course, authors can give focus to what they know is important, and this gives learners clear direction and objective goals. Competence in most important areas comes early, step-by-step.

Repeating content at appropriate intervals encourages recall and re-encoding, and cements knowledge in learners’ long-term memories. Not only will your learners be able to understand concepts quickly, they will build a stronger understanding of the skills and knowledge they need to acquire.

Why microlearning?


The workplace is evolving, and your training should be evolving right alongside. Achieve is the perfect solution to tap into the needs of a shifting learning environment and the mind set of a modern learner.

Harness the enormous growth of the smartphone

Make your learning available anytime, anywhere. Our mobile learning templates automatically work on any device, whether it’s a smartphone, tablet or laptop.

More millennials in the workplace

Easily and quickly create learning courseware to the high standards of design and technology that millennial employees expect.

Flexible, personalised learning

Easily manage bite-sized learning for individual learners with tailored push notifications and analytics designed to track their progress, retention and engagement.

Rapid authoring

Author courses in hours, not days. Build entire programs in weeks, not months. Achieve’s authoring tool makes this possible. Anyone can create visually appealing and engaging lessons without writing a single line of code.

A familiar experience

Learners will intuitively know how to use Achieve, as it makes use of the familiar interaction style that is already second nature to social media users.

Unprecedented engagement

Achieve contains tools designed to push the ‘learning challenge’ approach. This approach doles out just enough information to get a learner started in the lesson and then places them in scenarios with access to job-like aids for relief.

Does microlearning work?


Microlearning’s short, single-objective focused lessons have been proven to make learning more meaningful and engaging.  With push notifications reminding learners to complete available lessons, the completion rates are incredible when compared to traditional e-learning programmes.

We take Microlearning even further by adding two key ingredients: gamification and spaced repetition. These added features have been clinically proven to increase learner engagement and knowledge retention, motivating learners through a tailored, scientific approach.

Ed’s reward-based prizing solutions give your learners real rewards (such as gift cards and vouchers that can be instantly redeemed) that empower them and encourage friendly competition between staff.  Optionally, learners can compete against each other in an auction-style prizing system, or we can configure a game of chance specifically for your organisation.

The enormous growth of the smartphone and the rise of millennials in the workplace make Microlearning the perfect learning and development solution for any skilled workforce, including retail, hospitality, and enterprise. With the flexibility to deliver personalised learning on Ed, everything stays relevant and targeted for your learners.

Rapid authoring means agile microlearning

Achieve’s authoring tools are completely cloud based – this means absolutely no additional software beyond a basic web browser. Sign up in seconds and author your first lesson today in a matter of hours. You can simply and easily preview your lesson using our immediate preview features.

Create quick ‘Boosters’ (an activity style for prompting recall and improving depth of knowledge) in order to update staff on products, policies and procedures. Achieve helps you take your lessons from conception to rollout in days.

Find out more about our rapid authoring tool.

Micro & mobile: a perfect match

Achieve’s Microlearning platform has been specifically designed for mobile use. Using our intuitive smartphone app, learners can access their lessons anywhere. Whether it’s during their commute, while working remotely, or when deployed in the field, your team has instant access to your courses.

Our app is available for iOS and Android devices in the app store. Once learners have the app on their device, they’re reminded to complete any new lessons that have been added to the program. Spaced out across a thoughtfully designed program of ‘micro lessons,’ these reminders keep learning at the forefront of your team’s minds. Best of all? As an administrator, you can automatically ‘set and forget’ them.

Achieve is mobile-first, and so learners benefit from templates designed specifically for touchscreens. Lessons automatically adjust based on the size of the screen, resulting in a great experience, even if learners are using a tablet or full‑sized computer. Remember –  mobile-first doesn’t mean web-last – our lessons also display full‑screen and in high resolution on desktop and laptop computers. All learners need is a web browser.

Why do I need microlearning?

Customers are more discerning than ever, so it’s crucial to deliver agile, engaging e-learning that works. The product knowledge and skills your employees gain will drive sales, increase customer satisfaction and improve employee retention.

According to a recent survey, 72% of retail employees want training that is faster, more convenient and more frequent. A further 88% of retail employees want training that is more fun and engaging. Achieve empowers authors to create those lessons. The Achieve platforms Business Impact Dashboard, associates learning with employee output and performance KPI’s to detect, compare and contrast actual business impact.

Achieve partners with you to improve completion rates, learner engagement, performance process and business outcomes across the organisation.

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