Knowledge
Nuggets

Crafted by Keith Mahon

Use this winning recipe to create engaging and impactful microlearning elements. 

INGREDIENTS

1 well-seasoned topic

Grade A Choice challenges

Feedback folded with explanations

Dash of scoring

Steps

1

Fold in a challenge

Start with the selection of a learning element focused on a single topic. Find a challenge to present to the learner. This could be a scenario or common dilemma related to the topic. Then give the learner a series of choices for how best to respond to the scenario or to resolve the dilemma.

2

Simmer with carefully selected choice

Giving your learner choices creates engagement by making them consider options and reflect on outcomes – it gets them thinking! Make the choices you offer the learner realistic. Consider using pictures, sample documents, or even video clips. Include frequently-made errors as choices.

Follow-up with feedback – this is the teaching moment. Let your learner know if their choice was correct and why or explain why another option was a better choice.

3

Serve consequences

Link multiple learning elements together to create learning paths for more comprehensive subjects. Add scoring to gamify. This approach works well in a variety of modalities including print, rich-media, and even video which can be used to create interactive video simulations.    

About Keith

Keith Mahon is a vice president of L&D at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA). He has extensive L&D experience in financial services and the high tech industry developing and implementing innovative workforce development programs. Keith is a graduate of The Colorado College and holds an MBA from Boston University – he’s also an avid cook!

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