Can microlearning save eLearning?

At the turn of the twentieth century, French artist Jean-Marc Côté visualised a futuristic vision of a classroom in the year 2000. At School, shown at the 1900 Paris World Exhibition, depicts a brave new world of mass education that harnessed the power of technology and automation, with the teacher now a machine operator, and students passive vessels ready to ‘receive’ information.

 

Jean-Marc Côté’s futuristic vision of education in the year 2000: At School (1900)

Jean-Marc Côté paints a picture of a false revolution, not dissimilar to the advent of eLearning in the workplace and higher education. Similar to antiquated classroom practices, traditional macro eLearning methods reflect a model of instruction that is passive rather than active; it’s about showing and telling rather than involving.

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