Just say no to learning fatigue!

Joanne Timney

The Power of Micro Learning: Your Secret Weapon Against Learning Fatigue.

Fatigue is the number one obstacle to learning and skill development. Adulting is hard, and the prospect of training, on top of everything else, is enough to make you hit the bottle. I love learning, but I find it super difficult to focus, thanks to my ADHD and auditory processing issues. I had to adapt the way I approached learning to enable me to pass exams and develop the skills I needed to take that learning into the real world. I was lucky, and back in 1986, I got help when I attended college in Canada. I didn’t know it at the time, but what they showed me was, in essence, micro learning. It unlocked learning for me and opened a new world of opportunities.

Fatigue is not just about being physically tired, it’s a state of mind; it’s all about focus, boredom and overwhelm. I began my teaching career back in 1989 for the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and was tasked with teaching 30, tired, stressed adults about communication theory … at 6pm, for three hours! My approach to developing my curriculum was shaped I learn. Bite size chunks of information using different media, hum our, continuous assessment etc. I had 100% success on my register, and I put it all down to micro learning.

Understanding Micro Learning:

Micro learning is a technique that focuses on delivering bite-sized, easily digestible pieces of information. It involves breaking down complex concepts into smaller modules or nuggets, which are then delivered through various media formats such as videos, quizzes, infographics, or short articles. By presenting information in concise and focused bursts, micro learning maximizes engagement, retention, and the overall learning experience.

The Brain's Learning Process:

To comprehend the impact of micro learning, let's take a quick peek into the inner workings of our brain during the learning process. When we encounter new information, our brain activates a network of neurons, forming connections and pathways to encode that information into our memory. However, there's a catch – our brain has a limited capacity for attention and information processing.

The Curse of Learning Fatigue:

Learning fatigue, often experienced by adult learners, occurs when our brain becomes overwhelmed by the volume and intensity of information presented to it. Traditional learning methods, such as lengthy lectures or dense textbooks, can quickly drain our mental resources and hinder our ability to retain and recall information effectively. This overwhelming fatigue leads to reduced motivation, diminished focus, and a subpar learning experience.

Enter Micro Learning:

Now, imagine a learning approach tailored to match the capabilities of our brain and counteract the perils of learning fatigue. Micro learning does precisely that! By delivering bite-sized content, it respects our brain's limited capacity for attention, ensuring optimal engagement and knowledge retention.

Microlearning for the win!

In a world that piles on the problems, amps up the stress, and seems to conspire to make you feel like a loser, for the win make sure any education you undertake is based on micro learning.

Joanne Timney 

Learning Development Director
Acuity Learning Academy

Managing Director
Bark Like a Big Dog
Email: joanne@barklikeabigdog.com
About Joanne
Joanne is a multi-award winning marketer specialising in behavioural design. She is the Principal Consultant at Bark Like A Big Dog (winner of the Best Global Business Marketing Content Agency 2021 and 2022). She is also a respected lecturer who regularly teaches at post-graduate level in universities across the UK and USA.

She has over 25 years experience in developing and delivering educational programmes. She is a Fellow of the Royal Chartered Institute of Marketing and lectured for the CIM for 15 years at Post Graduate Level. She is also published in 7 countries. Joanne leads the team who adapt our training programmes into micro learning formats and ensures that learning objectives are achieved.