Microlearning: A lesson a day

Bite sized lessons for better message retention.

Microlearning delivers frequent, bite-sized bursts of highly focussed content to learners. Learning small pieces of information at a higher frequency is clinically proven to be better for retention. It’s also easier to develop and maintain, because microlearning content is split into small, manageable components. Ed’s rapid authoring tool makes it simple to create short, engaging lessons that get directly to the point, and by including frequent reinforcements, Ed ensures that learners are achieving the targeted outcomes of your lesson.

What is microlearning?

Microlearning is a modern approach to learning, based on short, concise lessons delivered to learners when it suits them. It’s fun for learners, and great for business. Microlearning can be used to teach knowledge or skills that learners can approach at their own speed.

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

Ed Microlearning

Early experiments in micro learning saw increased retention, more engagement and better outcomes than traditional desktop-based eLearning.
This is due to a number of factors:

  • Learners feel a greater sense of accomplishment – rewards are earned quickly, and progress is tangible. Feeling like they have taken a large step towards their goals in a short time motivates learners to return again and again.
  • Short, succinct courses make outcomes clear. By implementing a single learning objective in each Ed course, authors can give focus to what they know is important, which gives learners clear direction and objective goals.
  • Repeating content at appropriate intervals cements knowledge in learners’ long-term memories. Not only will your learners be able to understand concepts quickly, they will hang on to that understanding for longer.

Why microlearning?

The workplace is evolving, and your training should too. Ed is the perfect solution to tap into the needs of a shifting learning environment.

Enormous growth of the smartphone

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.

Growth of millennials in the workplace

More millennials in the workplace

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

Flexibility to deliver personalised learning

Flexible, personalised learning

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

Rapid authoring


Author in hours, not days, with Ed’s template-based authoring tool. Anyone can create beautiful and engaging lessons, without writing a single line of code.

A familiar experience

A familiar

Learners will intuitively know how to use Ed, with familiar interactions like pinching and tapping already second nature. For learners, Ed is just like any other app.

Unprecedented engagement

Unprecedented engagement

Reward your learners with real prizes like gift cards and vouchers, delivered the instant they win them. Ed’s prizing can be based on chance or skill, it’s up to you.

Does microlearning work?

Microlearning has been proven to make learning more meaningful and engaging, with short, single-objective focused lessons. And with push notifications reminding learners to complete available lessons, Ed sees incredible completion rates compared to traditional e-learning. However, we take micro learning 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 solution gives your learners real rewards that empower friendly competition between staff, like gift cards and vouchers that can be instantly redeemed. Optionally, learners can compete against each other with an auction-style prizing system, or a game of chance can be configured for a holistic approach.

The enormous growth of the smartphone and rise of millennials in the workplace make micro learning the perfect learning and development solution for any skilled workforce, whether it’s retail, hospitality, enterprise or any other industry. With the flexibility to deliver personalised learning on Ed, everything stays relevant and targeted for your learners.

Rapid authoring means
agile microlearning

The authoring tool requires absolutely no additional software beyond a web browser. Sign up in seconds, and author your first lesson today. Then, simply and easily preview your lesson using our native iPhone or Android app.

Lessons can be authored in just a couple of hours, depending on your content. Create quick “booster” style lessons to update staff on new products, policies and procedures. With Ed, your lessons go from conception to completion in just a few days.

Find out more about our rapid authoring tool.

Microlearning & mobile: a perfect match

Microlearning with Ed is mobile-first. Using our native 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 in the app stores on iOS and Android devices. Once learners have the app on their device, they’re reminded to complete any new lessons, and motivated to try for prizes, with our push notifications. Spaced throughout the day, these small reminders keep learning at the forefront of your team’s minds. Best of all, as an administrator, you can automatically ‘set and forget’ them.

Because Ed is mobile-first, learners benefit from templates designed for touchscreens. Lessons react to the size of the screen, resulting in a great experience even if learners use a tablet or full‑size computer. But mobile-first doesn’t mean web-last – our lessons display full‑screen in high resolution on desktop and laptop computers. All your learners need is a web browser.

Learning is better bite-sized

A microlearning case study

Pandora Jewellery have used Ed to dramatically improve their learning and development for retail staff. They achieved unprecedented completion rates after making the switch to Ed's Microlearning platform. Read the full case study.

We enjoyed completion rates of over 80%, and 90% of learners prefer Ed to the existing elearning system.

Andres Cordoba Mazabel, Pandora

Why do I need microlearning?

Customers are more discerning than ever, so it’s crucial to deliver agile, engaging e-learning to your staff. 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. Ed’s authoring tool is built from the ground up to empower authors to create those lessons – and not just for retail. We’ve partnered with clients from all industries, and Ed has worked to improve completion rates, learner engagement, and business outcomes across the board.

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