As the Digitize Enterprise outputs continue to be developed and finalised, we thought it might be great to introduce our readers to the concept of digital learning nuggets which are used throughout our toolkit and learning lab.
These Digital learning nuggets use the methodology of microlearning in order to be accessible and engaging for our users while still providing fantastic learning content. For a greater idea on microlearning, read on…
What is Microlearning?
The word microlearning comes from the greek work micro, meaning small. Microlearning is about getting eLearning in small doses, in the form of small ‘nuggets’ of training material that you can comprehend in a short time. Microlearning is performed in short time periods and it requires little effort from individual sessions. Microlearning involves simple and/or narrow topics that are easy to learn and understand in a short period. According to John Eaddes in microlearning is: “A way of teaching and delivering content to learners in small, very specific bursts.The learners are in control of what and when they’re learning.”
The benefits of microlearning
Research has shown that we learn and retain more when we study in short focused bursts than in longer sessions. Microlearning is also a great fit for the modern age, when almost everybody has a mobile phone or device that connects to the internet. Microlearning is very versatile and learning can take place anywhere. For example, on the bus to school. Microlearning also offers a learner-centred approach to learning. A learner is a crucial figure in the learning process. At the same time, the learner plays an active role in the learning process which should be adapted to their abilities and circumstances. Below is an example of a modern learner and some of the distractions in every-day life. This shows that microlearning may be the best way for a modern learner as it is short, simple and concise.
Examples of microlearning
Watching short, instructional videos on YouTube can be considered a form of microlearning. This is because you are learning a new skill or new method of carrying out a procedure in a short amount of time. Learning about a subject through flashcards is considered as microlearning because it involves applications that present the learner with small cue cards (flashcards) with limited content such as new language words, parts of the human anatomy, countries, chemical elements, etc. to aid in memorizing them.
So now that you know all about microlearning, keep an eye on our website for the full release of out microlearning content which be be available this Summer!