Microlearning

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Presentation for the 2009 LearnTrends conference. This is a summary of research in the area of microlearning. References and resources are on the last page.

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Microlearning

  1. 1. Microlearning within Web-Based Communities of Practice: Microlearning for on-the-job practices and development of skills and knowledge November 19, 2009 Janet Clarey, Researcher and Analyst Brandon Hall Research LearnTrends09
  2. 2. …occurring at the most minute of levels…minutes or seconds of time.” – Hug & Friesen, 2009
  3. 3. • Low time commitment • small chunks • short effort • narrow topics (but complex as a whole) Hug & Friesen, 2009
  4. 4. Learning Object?
  5. 5. Just-in-time?
  6. 6. Differentiators 1. No formal teaching structure 2. Situated 3. Not dependent on time or place 4. No grades / ratings / certifications 5. Relies on peer-to-peer interaction 6. Relies on interaction with Internet media 7. Not stored in a central repository 8. Folksonomy approach to tagging vs. standardization 9. Unorganized and unmanaged
  7. 7. Differentiator “Microlearning as a term reflects the emerging reality of the ever-increasing fragmentation of both information sources and information units used for learning, especially in fast-moving areas which see rapid development and a constantly high degree of change,” – Langreiter & Bolka, 2006
  8. 8. Knowledge worker
  9. 9. Process is controlled Conversations get smaller Classes get fragmented Courses get shorter
  10. 10. “I’m only as good as my network.” © Photographer: Geotrac | Agency: Dreamstime.com
  11. 11. Summary 1. Research in this area is new and minimal. 2. Many people are exchanging ideas about microlearning but it lacks a consistent definition. 3. The microlearning process can be studied in the framework of learning in communities of practice (social). 4. There is a need to address the realities of learning in the digital age.
  12. 12. Microlearning References Brown, J.S. (2006). New learning environments for the 21st century: Exploring the edge. Change. September/October 2006 Güler, C., Altun, A., & Aşkar, P. (2008). Teacher trainees as learning object designers. (Paper) Microlearning and Capacity Building. Proceedings of the 4th International Microlearning 2008 Conference. Innsbruck, Austria. http://www.microlearning.org/proceedings2008/ml2008_proceedings_final.pdf Hierdeis, H. (2005). From meno to microlearning: A historical survey. Didactics of Microlearning: Concepts, discourses and examples. Waxmann Verlag. http://books.google.com/books?id=E5hUxZjy4JAC Huberman, B.A., Romero, D.M. & Fang, W. (2008). Social networks that matter: Twitter under the microscope. Social Computing Lab, HP Laboratories, Palo Alto, CA and Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Hug, T. & Friesen, N. (2007). Outline of a microlearning agenda. Didactics of Microlearning: Concepts, discourses and examples. Waxmann Verlag. http://books.google.com/books?id=E5hUxZjy4JAC Hug, T. & Friesen, N. (2009) Outline of a Microlearning Agenda. eLearning Papers, September 2009. http://www.elearningeuropa.info/files/media/media20252.pdf Lave, J. & Wenger, E. (1991). Situated learning: Legitimate peripheral participation. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Linder, M. (2008). The shift toward microinformation. Microlearning and Capacity Building. Proceedings of the 4th International Microlearning 2008 Conference. Innsbruck, Austria. Retrieved April 5, 2009 from http://www.microlearning.org/proceedings2008/ml2008_proceedings_final.pdf

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