Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

According to Sam Taylor, a learning specialist with the World Bank, microlearning "is those short, very compartmentalized pieces of information or bite-sized learning that gets enough information to someone so that they can carry out a task." At the same time, microlearning doesn't provide "the deep level understanding, the intrinsic knowledge, the ability to kind of really take something on and be able to replicate and apply it over and over again." At the same time, you can't just throw up a PowerPoint presentation up there and call it microlearning, he says. "It's not just learning by another name, it's still learning and it still needs to be done properly in order to be effective." That means it needs to be planned: "figure out what place you want microlearning to serve or what purpose you want it to serve in your overall learning portfolio." Good interview with reasonable depth.

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