How to Script a Microlearning Video: The Easiest Way
Before you start making microlearning content, you should have a clear plan of what you will create. You don’t have to decide down to the smallest detail, but you at least need to have a topic for each video. We’ve divided the process of scripting a micro-learning video into three steps.
Step #1. Figure Out How Much Content You Have
The first thing to do is take a look at how much content you have and figure out how many videos you will be including in your course. To do so, divide the total length of your content by your ideal video length. Remember that our recommendation is for microlearning videos to not be longer than ten minutes. There will be rare occasions where they can be longer than this, and sometimes, they will be less.
As an example of what this looks like, assume you have 10 hours of content and want ten-minute microlearning videos. Since an hour is 60 minutes, you can fit six 10-minute videos in an hour. So, you could turn your 10 hours of video into 60 microlearning videos. If you wanted your videos to just be five minutes each instead, then you would have 120 microlearning videos.
Step #2. Determine the Number of Milestones and Modules
Next, you need to figure out how many milestones and modules you need in your course. But first, what are milestones and modules? Milestones are paths along the A-to-Z eLearning course. There are usually three to five of these modules in your course. You may also hear them called objectives, but we prefer “milestones” because it is more actionable.
Modules are the building blocks of milestones, featuring several modules. You want at least three main points in each milestone.
So, let’s go back to the example of 60 microlearning videos calculated above. If we opted for five milestones, we’d have 12 modules for each. If we chose three milestones, we’d have 20. You’ll notice that you can increase your number of milestones and decrease your modules, or vice versa.
Now, it’s time to organize everything. We label the modules in milestone one as 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, etc., and those in milestone two as 2.0, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, etc. Each milestone starts with an overview and then the modules. At the end of each milestone, there should be a recap. However, you can skip this recap if your learners don’t need the repetition.
Step #3. Label the Milestones and Modules
Now that you have your basic outline numbered, it is time to go through and create the topics. Label each of your milestones and modules in your outline. Under each module, list three to five supporting topics that help drive home the point. This will guide the content you create for each module.
For many types of eLearning, this is as far as you have to take your script. You can also go into more detail and plan each module if you prefer.
To plan your microlearning video scripts, start by figuring out how many microlearning videos your content will become. Then, work out how many milestones and modules you have. Finally, determine the topics and sub-topics for each module.
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