Just as a name suggests – microlearning is learning that is broken down into small easily digestible nuggets of information. These small focussed modules break down a lesson into manageable, targeted sessions that last anywhere between 3 to 6 minutes.
It is a tool used by educators when they want specific learning outcomes or want to offer learners a quick revision. It allows learners to educate themselves without having to browse pages upon pages of content. It differs from textbook chapters as it does not have any element of interconnectedness. In fact, microlearning is designed to serve as complete and succinct, stand-alone unit of learning.
There are several benefits that Microlearning offers to students in a classroom
- It helps in the retention of information
Short content is not only easy to read and understand, but students also find it easy to retain. It ensures that there is no overload on the memory and this ensures that the small bits of information that is absorbed are remembered easily.
- Highlights the relevant content
Often in a textbook based traditional learning, the primary content is lost among heaps of other information. Microlearning on the hand cuts out all extra information, ensuring that the student has only what is needed and relevant to the learning process.
- Enable Personalisation of learning
Often in a classroom, all students are taught and tested on the same information, regardless of their learning capacities. This can be a redundant way of teaching as some students could end up wasting time, learning things they already know, whereas other students may lag behind unable to grasp the generic instructions. Microlearning makes it possible to customize a course to the needs and skill levels of each individual student. This ensures that every student learns at his level of mastery, moving ahead at a pace that they are comfortable with.
- Eliminates information and learning fatigue
Microlearning places great emphasis on targeted, personalized, and relevant information. This ensures that the students have plenty of free time to pursue other interests and courses. By provided targeted information, it avoids learning fatigue or boredom from setting in
- Easy to create content
For the educator, micro-learning is a fast and efficient way to create and upload content for the learners. This content is also easy to update, edit and personalise according to the needs of the students
- Easy to access
Because microlearning content is so short and precise, learners can access this information at the click of a button on their smart digital devices. Students can quickly revise the subjects between breaks while commuting or at any free moment that they may get.
- Reinforces the primary learning.
One of the biggest benefits of microlearning in the classroom is that it is an effective tool that can be used at the end of every lesson to supplement and reinforce the primary learning.