• Krista Schaber-Chan

Demystifying a Learning Trend: All About Microlearning

Microlearning is a term that has recently gained a lot of attention in the corporate world. Yet, amid all the buzz and enthusiasm for this seemingly revolutionary way of learning, how many people fully understand what microlearning is?

The concept at its core is quite simple: microlearning is a training event that teaches one complete lesson from start to finish. Have you ever gone to You Tube to figure out how to diagnose an issue and fix your broken appliance, or watched a short video on how to make chicken coq-au-vin? Or maybe you have signed up to receive the Dictionary.com word of the day. These are examples of microlearning. Microlearning isn’t really learning at all, but rather training events that you use once and forget, or you refer back to again and again (watch for more on the difference between Training and Learning in an upcoming Harbinger blog).

While many companies have been quick to jump on board with this supposedly new and revolutionary concept, many misconceptions have arisen surrounding microlearning. These include …

1.   “Microlearning events must be between X and Y minutes long.”