A new trend in e-learning is giving short format types of trainings. Concepts such as learning nuggets and bite-sized learning have been lately doing the rounds.
Fifty years ago the film industry estimated that it would take an individual approximately 20 seconds to fully grasp a picture or a scene. Today, that number shrinked down to about 2 to 3 seconds, which is just a tenth of the 20 seconds!
Because of the dominance of images constantly displayed in the media, our attention span has decreased, and in turn, our speed of perception has increased.
These impressive changes help facilitate the development of new learning methods such as Micro Learning. However this does not replace the educational learning methods we have today, but is definitely becoming more and more important these days, especially in corporate businesses where managers and staff are pressed with time.
The most important aspect of Micro Learning is the breakdown of large learning content into small bites called ‘Micro-Contents’.
Which is why Micro Media platforms such as Twitter, Yammer, Viadesk and Whatsapp are used for this purpose. These types of media help distribute learning nuggets of information among learners. The platforms also feature interactivity such as retweeting for example information back to the sender.
Being short and requiring only a few minutes of the learner’s time is the characteristic feature of Micro Learning units. This way the attention span of the learner is not overwhelmed and allows him to better digest the nuggets of information as he goes along (Read: Learn anytime, anywhere and at your convenience). For this reason the job performace is not hampered and learning becomes a part of everyday work life.
More advantages of Micro Learning:
In Micro Learning the context plays a much more important role than in traditional learning methods. Each small learning unit should tell its own little story. By associating a very compelling story into the course will duly help learners to better remember the learning content and retain this in their long-term memory. When learning with associations, links between newly processed information and previously gained knowledge and experiences are created.
A single image or even just a few words are sufficient enough to trigger a person’s stimulus response. For example, to illustrate a short text about the internet and networking, you can as an alternative show an image of a climbing net in a children’s playground. The image acts therefore as a catalyst linking this to the learner’s personal experiences, thus making it easier to remember information.
Micro Learnings focuses on the learner’s associative stimulus response.
Micro Learning in businesses can easily be integrated into existing IT structures of companies. Stand-alone cloud-based and intuitive learning management systems such as Coursepath help facilitate this integration.