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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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Badges are very frequently used in Teachers Professional Development. Badges being informal, and not providing accreditation are still proving teachers have spent time and achieved new learning. - Kirsten.Panton Kirsten.Panton Nov 11, 2016
  • Badges are also used as informal (to formal) reinforcers of behavior, attitudes, mastery and learning progress inside learning platforms where the reward by badges can be given be either the machine (adaptive progress) or the teacher (human observations) - lars.persen lars.persen Nov 19, 2016

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • I see this technology as having huge potential with students being taught in a 21st century learning environment. With focus on project based learning - and not subject based - the learning experience of the project, documented in a badge, will provide motivation and pride for the students and assuring parents of the value of the project. Most likely badges cannot substitute traditional grades completely, but by the use of badges different skills can be judged. Meaning a 'standard badge' for having done a project, but 'special badge' for a project with e.g. star quality collaboration. - Kirsten.Panton Kirsten.Panton Nov 11, 2016
  • Badging also gives the teacher the possibility to reinforce good behaviour, hard work, positive attitudes, values and action patterns. Also badging makes students proud and can instigate students sharing positive achievement with parents, bringing new motivation into the school-home collaboration.- lars.persen lars.persen Nov 19, 2016

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