The Future of Education: Embracing On-Demand Microlearning

updated on 15 February 2024

The landscape of education is rapidly evolving, and one trend that’s making waves is on-demand microlearning.

This approach involves delivering bite-sized learning modules focused on specific topics or learning objectives. Here are some compelling examples of its impact:

1. Short Video Lessons

Short videos are a highly effective way to deliver microlearning content. They can condense complex topics into easily digestible chunks, making learning more accessible and engaging. For instance, the popular YouTube video from CGP Grey, “The Difference Between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained,” distils a fairly complex narrative into a five-minute audio visual microlearning experience.

2. Interactive Quizzes or Flashcards

Interactive quizzes and flashcards are another great way to reinforce learning objectives while keeping students engaged. They provide immediate feedback, helping students identify areas of strength and areas that need improvement.

3. Gamification

Incorporating game elements into learning can significantly increase student engagement. Apps like Headspace offer short courses optimized for quick, digital learning.

4. Job Aids and Handouts

Job aids and other handouts are an on-demand resource that commonly comes in the form of digital materials. They serve as quick references that learners can use to reinforce their understanding of a topic.

5. Flipped Classroom

The flipped classroom model is another example of microlearning. In this model, students learn new content online by watching video lectures, usually at home, and what used to be homework (assigned problems) is now done in class with teachers offering more personalised guidance and interaction with students, instead of lecturing.

These examples highlight how on-demand microlearning can transform education, making it more flexible, engaging, and effective. As we continue to explore this exciting frontier, the future of education looks more interactive and immersive than ever before.

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Gem Hallett, miFuture Founder. | @miFutureSkills

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