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Microlearning enhances learning experience engagement only when learner needs and goals are clear.

What happens when you put on binoculars?

The same thing as when you put on headphones.

Reduced inputs and greater focus.

The listening or viewing experience is magnified.

What is heard is more engaging, what is seen makes a deeper impression.

What about when those same ‘binoculars’ or ‘headphones’ are ‘placed’ on learning experiences?

Reduced cognitive input and magnification of informational focus.

The more common phrase is microlearning.

The result?

A more engaging and memorable experience for the learner.


Focused learning experiences are simple.

Simple concepts are memorable.

Simple learning experiences are often shorter.

Shorter experiences can be provided at the moment of greatest need.

Learning experiences that fill learner needs are practical.

Practical, actionable learning experiences increase learner engagement.

So, ‘binoculars in every garage and headphones in every pot,’ right?

A vote for microlearning is not the solution to all learning woes.

Rather than a community rallying cry, microlearning is a conceptual tool.

A clear understanding of learner needs and goals facilitates the proper use of the tool.

The result?

Each view through the ‘field glasses’ affords learners meaningful, memorable and motivating experiences.

Further Reading:

Shail M S (August 02, 2019) Using Micro-learning on Mobile Applications to Increase Knowledge Retention and Work Performance: A Review of Literature. Cureus.

Tolani, K. (2020, December 16). Smaller Sometimes Means Better: 13 Benefits of Microlearning. G2.

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Brian Harris

Brian Harris is the Chief of Design and Development with Brilliant Educational Services. He specializes in producing learning experiences and educational materials that are engaging, entertaining, and effective.