Microlearning: Fab or Fad?

There’s a new buzzword in town, and it’s name is microlearning. Like its predecessors social learning, mobile learning, and blended learning, it’s being tossed around as the new big thing, something we must all get on board with or face extinction. This begs the question asked of every one of its predecessors: is it really fab and here to stay, or is it just a passing fad?

I do believe microlearning is an important tactic for workplace learning and has a place alongside other approaches in the workplace. More than that, I think it’s here to stay whether we like it or not. I’ll make my case in a moment, but first, let’s define what we mean by microlearning.

The term hasn’t yet made its way into dictionaries, so a crowd-sourced definition seems appropriate, and Wikipedia’s has apparently been copied to a number of other places:

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