Micro-Learning

Attention span varies. With modern day lifestyle, our attention flits within minutes. It’s like travelling in a fast car. Things zoom by. Web surfing is like that. Content zooms past. You swipe a page after skimming the details.

As a working executive, your mind grapples with atleast five things daily. You have a deadline for your project or specific task; you have a team meeting; you have some emails to follow up. Personal appointments have to be kept. Money or health stress also play at the back of your mind.

Some typical reactions from learner to traditional elearning.

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  • ‘Do you really expect us to take out valuable time to sit in the classroom for two or three hours or more and learn something new?”
  • “It is difficult to devote one and a half hour of continuous time to your eLearning program.”
  • “Yes, the content and training are important but I can’t really remember all of that.”
  • “I don’t need all that content. I already know some of this. Do I have to answer this quiz?”

These are the typical responses to trainers and L&D from busy professionals.

It’s no different with children.

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“Mom, I want to change the channel.”

“Mom, do I have to read all this today. Can I eat popcorn with this?”

“Why do I just have to sit there and watch the teacher speak on the video? It’s so boring. Can’t I do something?”

These responses tell me a few things

  1. Instruction needs to engage
  2. Instruction needs to be short. Time factor is very important.
  3. It needs to be stimulating
  4. It needs to be relevant.
  5. Video based instruction needs to excite.

More importantly, I need to design my learning which incorporate all the above.

The best solution for learners with short attention span, lack of time, or hyperactive learners is to create micro learning. Micro learning refers bite sized learning modules with limited content delivered in short time.

Micro learning can be designed in two ways.

  1. As modules within a larger course framework
  2. Independent nuggets of information and knowledge

idesigngyan has designed ten minute capsules. Each of these have or are based on an interactive module with specific information. The ten minute learning for children is game based and includes information as well as exploration links. The learning capsule for adults are scenario based modules. Depending on the complexity of the topic, we also offer decision tree based scenarios. For details about topics, contact designgyan@outlook.com

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