Think of microlearning as having a small easy to understand learning unit that is specific to each user. With this learning unit, users can iteratively check information in smaller increments to build knowledge faster. If users are presented with the same problem on multiple occasions, they can continue accessing the same content until it is ingrained in their mind. This concept is known as Real Time Learning, providing the exact information at the moment of inquiry, usually outside of the classroom. With formal learning, learning is scheduled, meaning students learn when information is handed to them, not when it is necessary or when their interest is peaked. With informal learning, students are allowed to explore and delve into what suits them. Not only does this promote experiential learning, but it fosters self-motivated learning as well. Furthermore, it is more specific, users are working to solve immediate, presently occuring problems, but through repetition, these immediate problems become general knowledge.
Microlearning is gaining popularity in the online learning community due to its high compatibility. The combination of Real Time Learning and increased innovative technology, provides the perfect platform for microlearning to flourish. For example, here at Smile and Learn, we use it through video sequencing, post activity quizzes, pictures, learning games, and short text explanations. Students can quickly check or repeat previously completed work until they have a solid grasp over the topic at hand. This paired with our progress monitored personalized educational recommendations makes each account user specific. Not only will children learn at their own pace, in a manner that suits them, but we can use focused repetitive learning to close skill and knowledge gaps quickly.