Thank you, Team Microlearning! You honou…

Thank you, Team Microlearning! You honoured your topic well by presenting a lot of valuable information in bite-sized pieces. I, on the other hand, did not honour the advice you offered or the advice of the experts you cited in terms of spacing out my learning as one should in microlearning. Instead, I completed all 6 modules in one sitting. This was simply necessary given other commitments this past week. I imagine that there are other learners out there who are just like me: while we absolutely prefer and enjoy the flexibility and relevance of just-in-time accessibility of microlearning, sometimes just-in-time still means just-in-time-to-meet-a-learning-deadline. The most powerful learning I gained from your OER is that the benefits of microlearning quickly fade away if you do not space out the learning. While this may seem obvious as it supports the data presented in your OER, I was really struck by how microlearning must stay micro. For example, when going through all of the modules at once, I found the Prezi format frustrating as I had to keep clicking and going in and out of circles of information, and going in and out of one quiz after another when I could have done one big quiz on all of it at the end (and then, 30 days from now, I’d only remember X% of the information…which I already can’t remember!) Of course, this is not a criticism of your format. It is, however, an “a-ha” moment for me about the reality of the learning landscape in 2020. Sometimes learners to learn to in order to apply learning right in the moment, and sometimes learners still need to learn because our work (or educational program requirements) tell us it is necessary. I imagine that no amount of spacing, gamification, engaging infographics and videos will ever change that. I can tell you that I now know where I will go when I want to get good information on the benefits, challenges and industry leaders in microlearning. Thank you for the macro-impact!