1. While I totally agree that broad-based training is best, I disagree that microlearning is less effective in people / behavior-based skills training. In fact, I’ve been using microlearning very effectively in “soft skills” corporate training for over 12 years. There is an engagement factor with microlearning that mitigates different learning styles and the different brain processes. Plus, repetition of the microlearning units over time reinforces the incremental learning and awareness. Remembering that essentially all learning is rooted in metacognition and other brain factors not mentioned in the article, the statement that microlearning is less effective is (in my opinion, study and experience) too general a statement.

  2. Limiting a 5-20 minute micro learning unit to one main skill does not mean that behavioral people skills cannot be developed through a sequence of short micro challenges. For example, an overall best practice skill model for responding to conflict might have several elements:
    -The elements of the model can be presented, demonstrated, practiced and reinforced in a separate unit.
    -Each unit can be sequenced as steps involved in the best practice skill model and titled as action steps, starting with verbs – e.g., if part of a management development program, an element might be to “Ask other person to help you understand his/her point of view and listen actively for spoken or unspoken goals/needs” – so employees immediately see the relevance of the unit to their on-the-job challenges.
    – Each unit can be a short micro focused on one of the elements of the skill model.. e/g/. “Look for shared values and common ground” – with 5-10 screens that plunge the participant into a variety of micro cases (job-related challenges), prompts (stimulus), decisions or actions to select (response), feedback showing consequences of choice (confirmation).
    – Employees can access each unit as stand alone when they want specific guidance or reminder about how to apply that element on-the-job or as part of a series of micro units al related to the interpersonal challenge and best practice skill model.

  3. I’m sorry, but where is the “science”. Brain-based learning is a false concept constructed in the mid-70s based on a misconception of neuro-science research of the early 70s. There is no single research project that documented any of the hair-brained spin-offs of brain-based learning. I suggest instead that Google “cognitive science” which is heavily supported by empirical data.

  4. Where is the citation to a recognized research group that “the basal ganglia learn behaviors gradually and incrementally via dopamine-mediated error-correction learning.” Please enlighten me.

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