Blending of micro and macro learning is an innovative hybrid approach. Consequently,it takes into account the good points of both of micro and macro learning.
As a result, blended learning is proving to be a new ,and one of the greatest tools for skill acquisition throughout the world.
It is suggestion of author , that the readers should go through the following blogs, which ,Ripples has published earlier. It may help you to have a better understanding of the subject.
1.0 Approaches for blending of micro and macro learning
If we scan the literature , we find that researchers have done lot of work in evolving appropriate approaches for blending of micro and macro learning.
We have made an effort to review the current status with respect to the above mentioned researches , limiting it to 10 only.
Not withstanding the above, there appears to be no end to new research or new developments in the field of blended learning. This is owing to the immense interest created in modern era , on the topic.
Josh Bersin , blog.crossbyknowledge.com , evolved three best practices for blending of micro and macro learning. He claimed that the combination of these 3 practices resulted in enhancing the effectiveness of learning.
These 3 practices were as follows :
– Blurring the lines between micro and macro learning
– Creating a tapestry of learning experiences
– Focussing on collaborative, high fidelity programs , wherever needed
Luminita Giurgiu, www.researchgate.net , gives a figure , entitled as “Figure No 4 : Comparison between micro and macro learning “. Ten factors around which micro and macro learning facets have been compared are:
– Learning content,- Time spent,
– Type of content,its creation , aggregation/ fragmentation and retrieval,
– Structure of the learning cycle,
– Target group,
– Learner’s role and
– Learner’s participation.
In nutshell,this article analyses the meanings of micro-learning . Also, the author beautifully describes, how we may utilize micro learning to organize and order a set of pedagogical and technological phenomena . This may help in better management of learning.
Ms Asha Pandey, www.eidesign.net,in her article, suggests two approaches. Approach 1 consists of “Leveraging on micro learning, by using it, to supplement macro learning”. The second approach consists of “Using micro learning techniques to craft richer macro learning courses”.
Ms Victorie Kossof , learningfactor.com.au ,in her latest article, “Why the best L&D professionals use micro & macro learning”, stressed on the need of conducting pre blending survey along the workforce. As per the above, it will help in evolution of best possible training material. Besides the above , she advised that we must fully utilize the principle of neuroscience viz spacing effect, testing effect and confidence effect , to enhance the effectiveness of learning.
Commlab India , blog.commlabindia.com, have published an article entitled “7 tips to create a macro learning experience with micro learning”. In this article they explore how to create comprehensive learning experience through micro learning.
Victoria Zambito , www.iacet.org,has published an article entitled “ Macro to micro learning – How to transform your course library”. She suggested a five step process to convert macro learning material to micro learning. , We may adopt the approach for use of libraries.
Knowbly.com ,www.knowbly.com, have published an article entitled “ Micro learning for macro results”. The article sets guidelines and outlines a methodology to convert micro learning to macro learning.
Commlab India , blog.commlabindia.com,have published one more article entitled “5 practical ways to capitalise blended learning for safety training”. These five ways are:
– Set the safety objective
– Give scope for collaboration
– Move assessments online
– Reinforce with mobile/ microlearning
– Try to fill the gaps with blending.
In nutshell, they have emphasized that we should weave a training program well first, before applying the blending approach. This will help to make it more efficient and effective.
Gabriela Weglowska ,insights.learnlight.com, has suggested 7 key elements , which must be considered for effective blended learning.
2.0 A new approach for blending, suggested by author
Ripples Learning has evolved an approach, which is innovative and new. It also takes into cognizance all the requirements of blended learning.
Dr Damodar Rai  , blog.chrmp.com , has suggested 4 fold approach for evolving an efficient and effective blended learning.
These four stages are:
– First stage consists of pre blending survey.
– Second stage contains introduction of scope of collaboration, testing, 360 degree feedback and application of neuroscience principles in any learning intervention.
– Third stage provides guidelines and useful tips for using micro learning tools to enrich macro learning content.
– Fourth Stage mentions how the efforts should be initiated to transform macro learning content to micro learning, along with the limitations .
The author suggests that the readers go through the five blogs ,which, Ripples Learning has published earlier . It may help them in getting a complete view of the subject.
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