Multiple Microlearning Opportunities at DevLearn 2017

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Find the microlearning solution right for you.


Microlearning is the delivery of short pieces of content to multiple devices on an “as needed” basis. Although the term microlearning seems to have originated in behavioral research with mice in the late 1950s, it has laid mostly dormant over the years until recently. But, the last five years have seen a spike in the term’s use, as a learning technology companies realize that this approach is ideal for the world of short-attention spans, hyper-competition, and constant change.

Searching for the term in a collection of 60 databases of academic articles produced this graph showing a jump in reports in the previous two years, which is projected to more than double again by the time 2017 is over. So, it is not surprising to see a jump in the number of exhibitors offering microlearning solutions at DevLearn 2017 (October 25-27).

The offerings in microlearning at DevLearn can be broken down into four broad categories – 1) microlearning platforms (open to any content), 2) microlearning authoring tools, 3) microlearning off-the-shelf content, and 4) microlearning support and services. Based on these four categories, I identified five exhibitors who illustrate the possibilities in each group.


Microlearning Delivery Platforms

Microlearning can only be delivered online through specific “platforms” that find and serve up the content in small “bite-sized” units at the right time. There are two kinds of microlearning platforms–those that try to do everything from authoring to analytics while speedily presenting content on multiple kinds of devices, and those that pull together many sources of content, deliver it, and integrate with analytics software of a client’s choosing. The first platform is proprietary and keeps everything within the confines of the application while the latter type uses tools and content that an organization may have already produced or has purchased off the shelf. Here are five microlearning platforms being shown at DevLearn 2017 that would be well worth investigating:


Exhibitor Delivery Platform Booth
Disprz Knowledge sharing app  927
dominKnow dominKnow Mobile  205
Float SparkLearn  929
gomo gomo Suite  516
ottolearn Otto  727


Microlearning Authoring Tools

If you purchase a microlearning platform that does it all, then you won’t need (or can’t use) any of the authoring tools that have been available for the past few decades for the development of learning materials. It is important that any authoring system be able to generate small chunks of content and not just lengthy courses. One trend in microlearning is the development of short, snappy video clips, delivered to tablets or mobile phones. Here are five exhibitors offering authoring tools at DevLearn 2017.


Exhibitor Authoring Tool Booth
Adobe Captivate  302
Articulate Articulate 360  202
TechSmith Suite of video editing tools  221
Travantis Lectora  327
Vibons Animated Video Tools  728


Off-the-Shelf Microlearning Content

If you want to offer microlearning for your employees, but don’t want to get into the business of content production (which can be expensive), then check out those vendors at DevLearn 2017 who have content libraries or sets of content templates. Here are five who will be happy to show you their offerings:


Exhibitor Content Booth
Accel5/EBSCO Collection of videos, audio  104
BizLibrary Short business courses  215
ej4 Library of short videos  517
eLearning Brothers Learning content templates 528
panopto Video library  702


Microlearning Support Services

Finally, like any emerging learning technology, microlearning has sparked the rise of service companies are there to help with tasks that can be outsourced. Need a translation of your content? Need a cloud solution for storage? How about turning your microlearning content into games? There are companies exhibiting at DevLearn 2017 who will gladly assist you. Here are five vendors at DevLearn 2017 as examples:


Exhibitor Services Booth
Amazon Web Services Cloud Storage and Analytics  913
Cinecraft Custom video production  429
Indusgeeks Gamification of content  421
SwissVBS Burst – 90 sec. custom videos 214
Yet Analytics Visualization of data    709


Float’s microlearning platform, SparkLearn, crosses several of these categories in that it easily integrates small units of content whether they are authored in-house or bought off-the-shelf, adds metadata for tracking, delivers the right content seamlessly to the intended learner, and using APIs, feeds data to analytical program(s) of your choice for a review of results. And, Sparklearn is considerably less costly and easier to set up than implementing a full-scale learning management system. For more information, drop by Booth 929 or contact us before the conference to set up a meeting.

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Gary Woodill is a senior analyst with Float, as well as CEO of i5 Research. Gary conducts research and market analyses, as well as assessments and forecasting for emerging technologies. Gary is the co-editor of "Mastering Mobile Learning," author of “The Mobile Learning Edge,” and the co-author of “Training and Collaboration with Virtual Worlds.” He also presents at conferences and is the author of numerous articles and research reports on emerging learning technologies. Gary holds a doctor of education degree from the University of Toronto.

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3 Responses to Multiple Microlearning Opportunities at DevLearn 2017

  1. luke says:

    thanks for the shout out, you misspelled dominKnow Mobile.

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  3. Awesome post, keep going!!!!!!!!

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