Micro-learning? You mean the stuff that it’s easiest to automate.
I saw these tweets within five minutes of each other this morning:
â gecon gamification (@gecon_es) October 19, 2015
"The skills that are easiest to teach and test are the ones that are easiest to digitise, automate and outsource.â - #curriculumforwales
â Dave Stacey (@davestacey) October 22, 2015
The top tweet links to an article by the entrepreneur behind an edtech startup. The bottom one is by my mate Dave Stacey, an educator.
In the article the entrepreneur defines what his start-up is focusing on in the following way:
Micro-learning is learning in short, focused bursts of information. For example, a typical micro-learning activity could be viewing a flashcard, memorizing a word, listening to a short podcast, watching a brief video or answering a series of questions in a quiz.
That's great, but it's just the easy, low-hanging fruit. Let's call it what it is: the stuff easiest to automate. Hardly revolutionary.
Edtech can do better.