Why Microlearning Drives Over 20% More Information Retention Than Long-Form Training

Overall, across the three scoring measures in the study, fine-grained performed 22.2% better than the blocked group and 8.4% better than the medium-grained group. The fine-grained group, with their “micro” content and frequent assessment questions, fared better than both competing groups in every category. From this study, it would appear that bite-sized content is, indeed, better.

The researchers mentioned two dynamics potentially in effect. First, the larger amount of material and questions given to the blocked group might have “put greater demands on learners,” resulting in them having to do more work to “access necessary information from their memory.” In other words, stockpiling information slowed down the process of retrieving it. Sounds familiar.

Second, the blocked group could have suffered from having less feedback than the medium and fine groups: “Longer study phases without learning questions may lead to uncertainty about whether they have understood all relevant content or not.”

Bingo.

via Report: Microlearning Is 22% Better Than Long-Form Training

The Concept of „Ba“

The Concept of „Ba“: Building a Foundation for Knowledge Creation was written by Ikujiro Nonaka, one of the founders of the SECI- model, a major basis of knowledge management.

In order to create new knowledge within an organisation, an advocate culture needs to be implemented first. One aspect is „Ba“- a space in which relationships can be initiated and cultivated to build trust and mutual understanding and, at the end, to create knowledge. Without not only having the opportunity to but also being encouraged to spend time in such a space without the pressure of showing direct results, knowledge sharing and creation will never take place within an organization. Knowledge is bound to humans, and humans need trust to communicate and exchange.

http://home.business.utah.edu/actme/7410/Nonaka%201998.pdf