Microlearning is a very popular keyword in the eLearning industry. However, even in this field, there are a few misconceptions surrounding this term. We need to first define Microlearning to understand these misconceptions better.
What is Microlearning?
As the name implies, Microlearning is a way of delivering learning materials in small complete chunks for supplementing a Macrolearning course.
In the above definition, many of the myths of Microlearning have already been addressed. However, let us walk through them in detail.
Does Microlearning replace Macrolearning?
No, it does not. Microlearning is useful for supplementing a Macrolearning course by providing small bits of information that will help the learner retain lessons and cement the core aspects of a course into their memory.
Microlearning is a summary of the main course at best.
Can several Microlearning lessons be cut from a single Macrolearning lesson?
No, a Microlearning lesson is a complete lesson by itself. That is, just from that lesson alone, a learner should be able to understand a specific topic or idea. This is why the word “complete” is in the definition of Microlearning.
Simply cutting a large lesson into smaller pieces will only result in a more convoluted Macrolearning lesson.
Does any short content qualify as Microlearning?
No, they do not. Microlearning for corporate training is any material that learners can readily apply to their work. Tips and techniques, rules of thumb, safety procedures, etc are all examples of microlearning that employees can benefit from immediately.
Can every type of training be delivered through Microlearning?
No, it certainly cannot. As described before, Microlearning is best used in conjunction with other learning methods.
Microlearning is not suited to providing an in-depth understanding of a topic and so should not be used to teach topics that are brand new to a learner. Instead, Microlearning should be used to reinforce Macrolearning methods.
This does not mean that it cannot be used without Macrolearning methods in every field. It can still be used by itself for lightweight or small courses such as an orientation course for new employees to understand a company’s etiquette.
Now that we have gone over some of the myths, let us briefly go over the facts of Microlearning.
- It is easier and faster to produce
- It makes learning seem easier
- It helps to learn small things faster
- It allows the inclusion of learning into a busy schedule
There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to eLearning. Microlearning is not an exception to this. It is simply a way of learning that takes advantage of mobile technology. Similar to Macrolearning, it requires much thought and planning to properly utilize. When properly implemented, it can greatly enhance the elearning experience.
Microlearning can do things that Macrolearning cannot and vice versa. A course that can effectively take advantage of both learning methods will increase a learner’s engagement and thereby increases the chance of success.