“Microlearning is a way of teaching and delivering content over short bursts that are essentially controlled by the learner. It is estimated the microlearning makes the transfer of learning 17% more efficient and creates 50% more engagement in the process.

One of the main reasons of microlearning’s success is that it targets the fleeting attention span of most learners in the connected world. In fact, in 2000 the average attention span was 12 seconds, dropping 33% to 8 seconds by 2013. Sadly, a gold fish has only a 9 second attention span.

The ability to actively target attention spans in highly-specific information blasts makes microlearning a perfect method to utilize with gamification and eLearning. Gamification uses technology to give learners maximum flexibility in how and when they want to learn, rewarding them for successful milestones along the way. Combined, these are both great ways to mix modern training and technology to help retain information. “

from Atrivity blog “What is the forgetting curve and how to fight it

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