Microlearning – used mainly in the workplace, students access short ‘nuggets’ of information on a regular basis.
Microlearning is something of a buzzword in the e-learning and HR community. The premise behind microlearning is that people are remarkably busy and distracted – few people can sit down for weeks on end to learn something. In the workplace, it is costly and sometimes impossible to allow staff to take time off work to attend training sessions. When they do attend training sessions, the majority of the content is either not relevant, poorly presented or quickly forgotten.
The solution to these problems is microlearning. Microlearning involves providing a large number of highly targeted ‘nuggets’ that are digitally available to students for when they have time to learn. Students (usually employees) can learn what they need to learn. Each nugget is a video, game or resource that is short (2-5 minutes), very specific and useful. A short test (such as a multiple-choice quiz) is used to ensure that the student understands the microlearning content. The advantage of these ‘nuggets’ is that employees are more likely to engage in short learning activities than they would longer activities (such as watching a 2-hour lecture).i
Microlearning involves providing a large number of highly targeted ‘nuggets’ that are digitally available to students for when they have time to learn.
Hint: a new kid on the block is micro-credentials or micro-credentialing which is similar to micro-learning. Micro-credentialing involves learning a short, specific skill in order to receive a micro-credential for that skill. Governments around the world have started to think about incorporating micro-credentials into their respected awards and qualifications hierarchy to keep pace with the changing face of consumer expectations and the demands of the modern learner.
Adam Green is an advisor to government, a registered teacher, an instructional designer and an author. He is completing a Doctor of Education and was previously head of department for one of the country’s largest SAER (students at educational risk) schools. Adam is managing director of Fast Track Training Australia, an accredited training provider for thousands of teacher aides every year.
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