Micro Learning: A new way to provide professional development or classroom instruction?
Submitted by Kathy_Tracey on October 18, 2016 - 5:47pm
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We have all seen these great, short, and easy to follow videos that demonstrate how to craft or cook. These videos are wildly popular and they reflect a new trend in learning, Micro learning. Micro Learning is a type of instruction that is tied to a very specific performance objective, aimed at teaching one concept, changing one behavior, or exploring one idea.
While micro learning needs to be a part of a larger instructional program, and needs to be implemented strategically, it works extremely well when participants enter a learning experience with different levels of knowledge or skills. Micro learning is a very focused part of a curriculum and can be implemented anywhere in the learner lifecycle. Check out this example about the Principles of STEM communication.
Micro learning in education can be implemented during the introduction (called the readiness phase) where students are introduced to the performance objective, the discovery phase where students interact with the micro learning content, or the reinforcement stage where the learner reflects on what has been learned.
Micro Learning has earned a place in corporate and business training because it can accommodate the anywhere / anytime learning and when coupled with technology, can really mean learning on the go.
My questions to consider:
- How can we integrate these ideas in adult education and professional development?
- Should we integrate micro learning in adult education and professional development?