Our attention spans are shrinking.
You’ve heard it before. It’s something repeated so often that many of us simply accept it as fact. But is it true? Are our attention spans really getting shorter?
The truth is more complicated than you might suppose. As leaders in the e-learning and event spaces, we recognize the importance of getting to the bottom of this. Because even if there’s only a sliver of truth to it, shrinking attention spans have massive implications for your learning and development initiatives.
People learn, and people forget. Sometimes, forgetting can seem inevitable.
Think back to when you were in school. You stayed up all night cramming for an assessment, only to forget all the information you worked so hard to retain a few days later.
Forgetting so quickly sometimes stems from poor study practices. When you cram before a quiz, you use your short-term memory. If you study more judiciously for days and weeks in advance, you’ll retain the material for longer. But, without intervention, even long-term memory eventually fades.
In psychology, this is known as the forgetting curve. Understanding this phenomenon is crucial to crafting memorable e-learning courseware. Here’s what you need to know.
Don’t be fooled by the small size of microlearning. It is a giant in L&D.
Its uses range from K-12, to continuing education, to corporate training. Today, we’ll focus on the last.
If your organization doesn’t employ a micro approach to training and development, you’re leaving low costs and learner retention on the table.
So why is microlearning essential for training? Take a look.