In our last blog we saw that Micro-learning is a method of training through which the learner learns the lessons in bite-sized pieces instead of the traditional method of learning. As it is accessible universally, it has become one of the most buzzed trends in organisational training.
As micro-learning is recently developed in the world of educational technology, some of its finer points are frequently misunderstood. Here are some of the most common myths about micro-learning that we have come across:
Micro-learning is all about dividing content into small pieces:
Bite-sized content is just one part of the micro-learning. But, micro-learning is not entirely about dividing content into small segments. It is misunderstood that e-learning professionals simply divides the subject matter into small modules. However, together with the small modules, it is also very important that the module covers the core idea and sub topics. You can’t just divide the lesson into small pieces and put them online so that some learner sticks to it. In fact, it takes a lot of time to draft the microlearning content. Keep in mind, that the ultimate goal of micro-learning is to make the e-learning more handy and easy to digest.
Micro-learning has a time limit:
The time limit of micro-learning differs from person to person. For example: One person might say that he needs a study module between 4 – 5 minutes, while another might say that he needs a study module about 3 minutes. From this, we can say that micro-learning doesn’t have any specific time limit. It should be such long that it conveys the thought, but in a concise manner. Some e-learning courses can be short but still they cannot be classified as micro-learning because they lack learning unit. The whole learning experience that can stand on their own can be called as a learning unit.
Micro-learning – for all Subject Matter
These days, everyone is learning everything just like this. But, we all know that learning takes time, especially when complex ideas are involved. Some topics are not suitable for micro-learning. For eg: mastering new software or developing communication skills. These procedures consist of many subtasks and skills that online learners must search which requires patience and time. You cannot think that a person will learn about the basics of astrophysics by watching a 3 or 5 minute video.
Micro-learning is not for complex topics:
Some people think that micro-learning is easily understood. They think that you only need to send a link to the online learners to brief about your online article and video. But, it is exactly opposite. To a great extent, micro-learning is dependent on context. You have to fill in the gaps after discussing the topic beforehand and review the information afterwards.
Micro-learning is not the remedy for all the e-learning problems. But, it can be a resource that improves the learning comprehension. So, if you are thinking whether microlearning is right for you or not, then you first have to make an analysis of your online learners.