It’s no secret that one of the fastest-growing trends in on-demand learning is the move to “bite-size” learning resources (also called “micro-learning”). There are many differing opinions regarding what the duration of a learning resource must be in order for it to be considered bite-size, but most agree that anything 20 minutes or less could fall in this category.
By now we’re all familiar with the benefits this kind of learning approach can bring, but what does this mean for our old pal CLE?
“How can we move to a bite-sized elearning approach but still offer CLE credit?” We hear this question a lot now. The easiest solution is one we call the “Umbrella Approach.”
The "Umbrella Approach" - Sample Elearning Course Menu
Say you are creating a course addressing a specific legal topic. Perhaps you’re leveraging the content from a recent live CLE training program to do so. You’d love to divide the material into a few different stand-alone bite-size resources for just-in-time access, but really want to offer CLE credit for the training.
Rather than create a single 60-minute on-demand version of the program to meet the CLE requirement, go ahead and divide the material into a handful of targeted, bite-size subtopics. Maybe three 20-minute modules. Then create a single “Umbrella” module that is 60-minutes in total duration if reviewed in its entirety but could also be reviewed as a menu of separate but related bite-size modules.
That is, instead of a linear 60-minute course on the topic, you now have an umbrella module comprised of 3 chapters. As the user finishes a specific chapter successfully, it’s recorded as complete and is marked accordingly on the menu. If all 3 chapters are completed successfully and in their entirety, the course will then indicate that CLE credit has been earned and can even communicate that fact directly to your CLE tracking system or learning management platform if applicable.
So don’t let CLE stand in the way of your micro-learning vision; Create a resource that addresses both! And let us know how we can help.
Oh, and if you like the bite-size learning approach, check out LawFirmElearning’s QuickCustom™ library of off-the-shelf and fully-customizable courses addressing professional skills for lawyers (each just 15 minutes or less in length). See below for more information.
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