Many feel Microlearning is chunking large volumes of content to shorter pieces, while some opine that Microlearning is 5 minutes of video. Are these really Microlearning or is there more to Microlearning than what meets the eye? In this blog, I will share my understanding of what is not Microlearning and what makes for good Microlearning.
Fallacy Number 1: Attention Spans
Let us get the obvious stuff away, many feel that Microlearning is about catering to those people who have limited attention span.
We all know and have seen people playing games for hours, chatting on mobile, watching sport and entertainment shows without batting an eyelid. So, where did the fallacy originate?
It was rooted in the boring eLearning that was handed down to employees for ages. The notion of limited attention span stems from the fact that employees are bored or have not much time for learning, which as it stands is an absolute fallacy.
People pay attention only when the stuff presented to them is interesting. Whether it is an hour-long course or a 5-minute Microlearning nugget, interest is crucial.
So Microlearning is NOT about attention spans.