What is Microlearning?

Enhanced Learning Through Quick and Focused Content

What is Microlearning?

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Microlearning is a dynamic approach to efficiently delivering targeted content to learners. While certain subjects are best suited for traditional learning models, microlearning can be highly effective for quick how-to guides or expanding knowledge in already familiar subjects.

The foundation of microlearning theory traces back to German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus. Ebbinghaus introduced the concept of the "forgetting curve." This curve illustrates information retention and highlights how quickly new knowledge can fade. According to the Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve, individuals retain only 21% of newly learned information over the course of a month. To counter this, microlearning breaks down information into smaller, digestible pieces, promoting regular engagement and reinforcing memory recall.

Microlearning can typically be completed in 15 minutes or less. Courses generally contain all the "need to know" information about one or two topics and come in varied formats, including videos, games, blogs, job aids, podcasts, infographics, and FAQs.

The Key Benefits of Microlearning

1. Quick and easy to understand | 2. Allows for flexible learning opportunities | 3. Learners can choose their own timing | 4. Higher learner engagement | 5. Improved retention through easily digestible content | 6. Time-efficient learning

Microlearning's on-demand nature allows learners to easily access modules, providing a contrast to in-person or longer virtual instructor led trainings that require people to block out time in their work schedules to attend or complete.

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