4 Ways to Help Microlearning with Magic and Virtual Simulation



Microlearning is a useful training technique that creates short learning experiences. Microlearning is gaining use in different contexts. For example, prior to a large training event, small bursts of educational material can help trainees get their head in the game. In addition, quick training scenarios can help trainees retain the knowledge after the training is finished. Virtual simulation is an instructional method well suited to microlearning. However, to get virtual simulation to work with a microlearning approach, you might want to consider a few magic tricks.


An article in the Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare reviews how to consider using standard magic tricks to make simulation engaging. These magic tricks used in virtual simulation can help keep development costs down, keep the trainee engaged, and keep the simulation short. Listed next are 4 magic tricks and how they can be used to create micro virtual simulations.


  1. “Reality is in the mind of the participant.” If there is something missing in the fidelity of the simulation, the participant will create the reality in their consciousness. For example, the participant can create the reality of what is happening behind a closed door. An avatar in the si