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Micro-learning: what it is and how it integrates with knowledge management

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Keywords: micro-learning, learning, learning and development, organisational learning, knowledge management, workplace learning, communities of practice, mentoring, coaching

A study earlier this year (2018) found that 68% of Americans receive their daily news through social media like Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter, for example. Further, it was found that, for approximately 20% of the population, social media is their primary or only source of news. Interestingly, the same study also found that about 57% of adults feel that the news they receive through social media sites is often inaccurate.

A 2017 study discovered that the rise in information and news consumption through social media is largely conditioned by news information overload. Additionally, this study found that the news presented through social media tends to be significantly shorter in length and less detailed. This move has coincided with fewer people paying for traditional journalistic sources, such as newspapers and longer form articles. Whilst this move is not ubiquitous, there is a trend towards shorter bite-size snippets of information.

In the organisational learning and knowledge management arenas, many organisations have been shifting their focus away from face-to-face ‘in-person’ workshops and learning towards e-learning approaches. Mirroring the trends in news consumption, e-learning, training and education are also moving in the direction of smaller bite-size chunks.

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