The manner we learn has changed sustainably over the last decade. If we want to learn something or when we are looking for the solution to a particular problem, we use YouTube more and more. There we select one of the shorter explanatory videos with a high probability – even though the longer versions may contain more content and additional information. The information conveyed in the larger videos could be useful in the long run for sure, but for the moment we rather stick with the 3-minute clip.
Learning became more digital – like many other things in our lives. At the same time, we want to invest less time – at least per learning session. The trend described above is becoming the norm not only in our leisure time. More and more companies turn away from the traditional learning modules and use the approach of “Microlearning”. For example, learning nuggets that do not consume more than 10 minutes per session are prepared.
Is this type of content deployment really suitable for the world of work?
The question can be answered with a clear “Yes”. In addition to the own personal experience, there are a number of objective and rational reasons that support this response. In spirit of “easy to use content”, the 3 most important arguments are listed below.
(1) You can more easily digest small amounts of knowledge
… and they will remain in the memory. According to George Miller , our attention span and the short-term memory is designed to process information only in small quantities. Rather than to provide endless floods of information, knowledge content in smaller divisions of topic-divided sections, the learning process improves. At the same time, the content remains in the long-term memory. Once the information is stored in the long-term memory the learner remembers the content better and can use this to generate more knowledge in specific subjects or to transfer the content to other daily work processes.
(2) We love to do things on our mobile devices
We don’t do this without reason. Especially the fact that the practical device in our pockets allow us to take advantage of those moments which would otherwise be wasted, they are so valuable for us. On the way to work, while waiting for the next appointment or a late train – we can increase our productivity by having access to knowledge content when we are out of the office. It is so nice to be able to be productive during such moments, yet there is a decisive disadvantage: such a way of working is not made for long content, but requires short, on the point, and easy to store content.
(3) We find it increasingly difficult to focus on things for a long time
Maybe you knew it already, but according to Research , our attention span over the last decades has become shorter – and it will continue do so in the future. Furthermore, working in an office is marked by frequent interruptions. Now you probably ask yourself, how to learn if not with small nuggets of learning.
Of course, there are still many more reasons which are in favor of short learning videos, especially in our fast growing and increasingly mobile world of work. Based on scientific results and also on personal experience as a learner, I would recommend you to consider these points in your learning strategy.
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