Have you ever heard of microlearning? Microlearning is a short burst of learning lasting 10 to 15 minutes. Educators have been doing this for quite some time but have been calling it microlearning.
Let’s look at why microlearning is important.
- Microlearning aids retention. When students are learning bits and pieces of content at a time, they are more likely to absorb key points. According to Hermann Ebbinghaus, 70% of new information is lost within 24 hours if no effort is made to retain it.
- Microlearning requires less commitment. Since students are only learning 10 to 15 minutes at a time, teachers need to cut out the unimportant information, reducing the time commitment for students.
- Microlearning increases efficiency. Teachers can break up lessons, allowing students to learn at their own pace. This will set students up for success and allow them to master topics.
- Microlearning focuses on relevance. Instead of learning all aspects of a program or topic, students are learning the key points they need to know to succeed.
- Microlearning enables personalization. Since students can focus on a topic they are interested in, their learning is now more about them then the whole class. When students are learning what they are interested in, they are more likely to retain the information.
- Microlearning prevents burnout. Students are no longer being lectured for 30+ minutes. Now students are lectured for 10 to 15 minutes so their attention span isn’t lost, and they don’t lose interest.