Find the sweet spot of learner engagement by combining the bite-sized power of microlearning with the motivating effect of digital badges. By chunking your content to create microlearning-style tutorials and using digital badges to reward learners and mark their achievements, you will increase learner persistence and success in your online courses!

In this session, you’ll learn what makes the microlearning format so effective and why badges are the perfect complement to drive learner success. Using a case study of how a university library leveraged microlearning-style tutorials and badges to dramatically expand its instructional reach, you’ll find out how to implement a content-practice-assessment model to create fast-paced tutorials, and how to structure a badges program to support student learning. With just the right balance, you will engage more learners than ever, sustainably!

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to develop an effectively structured badges program
  • How to design microlearning-style tutorials
  • About the relationship between microlearning, badges, and learner persistence
  • How to combine the microlearning format with badges to reach more learners than ever

Novice to intermediate designers, developers, project managers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:
Digital badges and tutorial design.


All Contributors

Cynthia Gautreau

Director, Master of Science Instructional Design & Technology, California State University–Fullerton

Barbara Glaeser

Faculty, Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology, California State University, Fullerton

Lindsay O’Neill

Lecturer, California State University–Fullerton