Can you teach soft skills with microlearning?

Microlearning is one of the new phenomena disrupting conventional training and learning spheres. As the name implies, microlearning is when complicated information is broken down into bite-sized chunks. These ‘chunks’ are highly-targeted lessons that are easier to digest and therefore, easier to retain and remember later. It is a subset of eLearning, however, it has gained more recognition with the advent of smartphone technology. It can even be combined with gamification, spaced repetition, and mobile learning to further increase engagement and retention rates. In 2019, the global microlearning market was worth 1.5 billion USD. That number is expected to increase to 2.7 billion USD by 2024.

Microlearning focuses on the key elements of any subject area which makes both educational learning and technical company training much more effective. By focusing on fewer topics, knowledge has a greater likelihood of transferring from short-term to long-term memory where it is embedded. Although effective for technical knowledge, how effective is microlearning when it comes to teaching soft skills?

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