More microlearning: Here’s how to do it right

April 22, 2020


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Back in January, one of my esteemed Infosec colleagues, Tyler Schultz, wrote a blockbuster article blowing the lid off this whole microlearning strategy thing (Why microlearning works: A security awareness perspective, January 2020). It’s an informative read and for many security awareness practitioners, offering bite-sized training over time makes a lot of sense. It’s effective by increasing information retention through repetition and has the additional benefit of allowing employees to quickly complete the training without disrupting their workday schedule — which will make the boss happy.

Good microlearning succeeds by condensing complex security awareness concepts into small, easily-consumed bits of memorable training. To help you get a firmer grasp of what works for bite-size learning chunks, let’s take a look at a few good examples that caught my eye. They will give you good ideas for building your own microlearning package.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has a treasure trove of short, to-the-point, learning videos. The videos are professionally made and NIST presents them in an easy to navigate gallery. You’ll want to check out the Information Technology collection, but I don’t mind admitting I got my geek on and dug around in the other collections, too.

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is another organization with a strong grasp on effective microlearning. I like the downloadable tip sheets and infographics you can find in its Media Room. Here is an infographic from the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month campaign promoting the good careers that can be made in cybersecurity. This particular infographic has one section with a list of great resources for future cybersecurity pros. I’ve shared this infographic more times than I can remember.

Let’s take a step away from the cybersecurity world and look this fun little bit of microlearning. Bread baking has become hugely popular again with so many people staying safe at home during the pandemic. There are numerous long video tutorials online, but this BuzzFeed post perfectly embraces the concept with this set of short, fun and engaging bread-scoring videos.


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Jeff Peters