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What is microlearning? Distance learning (DL), and the world of education in general, is focused on innovation, which brings benefits not only to the trainers, but also and especially to the learners.

Nowadays, the frenzy of everyday life reduces the time that can be devoted to personal training and professional updating.

Thanks to microlearning, it is now possible to adapt the training to the students’ needs.


Microlearning is certainly one of the most interesting trends of the e-learning sector, because it responds to a specific need of the trainees: a training process taking into account the limited time available.

This new trend comes from a research conducted on the attention paid by the users over time.

According to the experts, during a training session, a lesson or a conference, people are able to follow the explanation carefully for the first 8 minutes and if after 20 minutes no new elements are introduced, the attention collapses until disappearing. In addition, 80% of information and concepts are forgotten after 30 days if a reinforcement intervention is missing.

Microlearning is the solution: it consists in dividing the e-learning content into short-term units (2-5 minutes). In this way the level of attention of the learners will increase and the training will be less demanding.


After giving a first definition and highlighting the assumption on which microlearning is based, let’s now list the advantages that microlearning can bring to the world of distance learning (DL):


In order to effectively use microlearning, it is necessary to develop a strategy that takes into account both the learners’ needs and the necessary tools to satisfy them.

First of all, you need to have a simple, intuitive and totally customisable LMS (learning management system). The software you are going to use is crucial in this sense.

Once you choose your LMS platform, you need to focus on the contents; you don’t have to choose traditional contents, but engaging and interactive formats such as videos and SCORM courses.

The final step is the constant monitoring of the students’ activity and the adaptation of the contents to their needs.


Microlearning, like all the new trends and digital technologies, brings advantages, but also potential difficulties. It’s up to those who adopt them to exploit their potential and limit their problems, in order to pursue a winning strategy.

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