07 Feb 2020
Inside Learning Technologies e-Magazine Page 17
How Microlearning enhances your digital learning The particularities and benefits of Microlearning. Have you been week-long in intensive training? Have you been given a thick practice book and then been instructed to absorb its contents in too short a time? Or perhaps you have been provided with a fair amount of digital learning materials, such as lengthy online tutorials or slide show presentations. You’ve definitely ended up wondering where to start? Learning is a difficult endeavor. It takes time and requires planning ahead. Trying to learn too much in one single gulp would make you choke. Short-term learning is a trick, good for no more than twenty-four hours. Particularities In terms of definition, microlearning (micro elearning for digitally delivered content) means skill-based learning that uses small pieces of content: the trainee is given a little amount of information/instruction to be applied in different cases.
Microlearning supports self-paced learning techniques, giving the user control over what and when they learn. In essence, it is the acquisition of knowledge or skills in the form of small units. Brevity Microlearning sessions don’t have a predefined time length, but they tend to be short. Granularity In most cases, microlearning focuses on a narrow topic/skill/idea, like snippets in the learning process Variety The content of microlearning can be presented in any form, such as short texts, pictures, activities, videos, quizzes, games, etc. Informality Essentially, microlearning serves to any informal learning purpose, as it doesn’t require scheduling or specific setting up. Pretty much everyone gains knowledge in small bits, without even realising that they are learning. Empirically, we learn all the time, using all sort of sources, methods and pieces of content. A recent study in cognitive science shows that we have to fail 15% of the time in order to get our best learning rate.