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Digestible Knowledge: The Importance of Micro-Learning

Updated on April 16, 2015
Bite-sized learning
Bite-sized learning

Bite-sized or micro learning is a way of learning by delivering small and very specific content of teaching to learners. They have the freedom to what and when they want to learn about a certain topic. Micro learning is used when an organization wants to retrain, develop and attract the talent of today’s generation using short videos or lessons.

Why Is It Important?

Micro learning or bite-sized courses are the important trend in today’s online education. This is because people today are having shorter attention span due to busy schedules and other things to do. This kind of learning is found effective to teach people with something new about academic disciplines or advance knowledge.

People today want to start immediately in engaging for new contents based on their free time. This is the beginning of using several micro learning platforms. Several platforms offer video lessons and courses, email lessons, the use of pictures and text and many other micro-learning startup.

Applying the Micro Learning

Several learning platforms like, Coursmos and Highbrow use video lessons to engage with the learners online. It is composed of different courses written by different teachers. It is typically composed of 15 minutes of video with different languages and topics. This kind of format is great in teaching academic subjects and other college-level topics.

The shorter courses offer practical knowledge to the people online for the fact that no one would stick to a very long video lessons. Micro learning companies are building learning platforms to adapt to the needs of the modern learners. They need to create bite-sized knowledge to adapt to the way the modern generation learns.

There are some ways to apply the micro learning to a certain company. These are useful when they want to begin creating their own bite-sized courses. A company should assign one learning objective per student. This will give more focus to the topic that the learner is trying to absorb. The longer the topic or the content introduced to the audience, the more possibility to lose them. It is important to focus to the topic one by one to make sure that the knowledge is transferred correctly.

Creating micro learning courses using video is more effective. Compared to other medium, most users prefer to watch a video that reading a topic. Videos on YouTube are also gathering more views every month giving the opportunity to micro learning authors to upload their own.

Learners always want to go straight to the point so the videos should be less than 4 minutes. The content must be clear and precise. It is also important to monitor if the learning took place by asking for the learners to demonstrate their learning. This process will create a unique experience for each learner while having the opportunity for improvement.

Micro-Learning Is Making Its Way

Since the beginning of online courses and bite-sized knowledge, several companies have proved the effectiveness of the platform. The few startups make their way on the online education and started making money.

The platform which is launched in May 2013 raised millions of dollars in funding. The video lessons are consist of different topics including cooking, speaking other languages and playing instruments. Justin Kitch, founder and CEO of the platform, said that it works great for learners studying academic subjects.

Another project founded by Roman Kostochka is called Coursmos which is launched in 2013. Same as Curious, it also provides shorter courses. The project proved that almost all users wanted to watch less than 3 minutes videos while those with longer ones are escaped. Coursmos has thousands of video lessons clustered in different micro courses. Each of the video is less than three minutes long.

Micro-learning Resources

Here are some of the useful resources about micro-learning that could benefit everyone.

A YouTube video entitled “A Vision for Micro Learning” is a short video discussing about Luvai Motiwalla’s vision for micro learning.

An article entitled “Is There Macro Value in Micro Learning” by Deanna Hartley talks about interesting cases related to micro learning by industry experts Jay Cross and Harold Jarche.

Karla Gutierez shares her article about “The Age of Bite-sized Learning: What is It and Why It Works” and its benefits to learners that prefer the kind of approach.

Some other tools and platforms in micro learning include Cognibloom, Yammer, Coursmos and even Twitter also supports online micro courses in videos or quizzes.


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