What are Microlearning Technologies?


The rise of educational technology has fundamentally changed the way students learn by incorporating both formal and informal learning experiences, therefore creating a subsequent demand to create new methods to track, measure, and acknowledge new proficiencies. Educational institutions are satisfying this need by developing micro-learning experiences, which are relatively small learning units and short-term learning activities that result in a proficiency of a desired skill. Digital badges, for example, are seen as a way to grant certification for formal and informal learning in the form of microcredits, which assesses learned skills based on outcomes, rather than seat time. While badges are not yet pervasive in education, they are being used by educators and organizations that are seeking comprehensive approaches to demonstrate a student’s learning path — methods that encompass far more than grades and traditional credits. Industries are also capitalizing on the opportunity to grow employees skills through micro-learning technologies.

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