[ETEC 578 – Instructional Design & Development] eJournal Entry 2 – “A is for Analysis”

In the ADDIE model the letter “A” is an acronym for Analysis, and in analyzing it is very important to clarify the problems and objectives in your ID performance and identify its actual needs.

Last week, I decided to focus my instructional design project on mobile video microlearning and in creating my performance analysis and needs assessment, I noticed that my biggest problems will be connecting the dots with condensed lessons that may not detail full scale of the curriculum, or worse, not be engaging, organized, or simplistic enough to not lead to confusion. Also, technology performance issues such as problems with lower bandwidth, streaming, and a lack of usability features could disrupt learning and attention spans could cause some problems if not addressed in the planning stages. These issues both are instructional and non-instructional problems that can be streamlined and even corrected by researching the engagement of popular eLearning modules, social media posts, interactive learning experiences online and off, and new creative and innovated approaches to microlearning as a whole.

Troubleshooting as far as technology and online platforms should also be researched and focused on so that in the designing of microlessons, file sizes are not over limit (which may cause streaming and/or downloading disruption), technology standards and education ethics are applied to content and to information shared, and technology capabilities are identified.

Microlearning is a method for teaching and delivering content to learners in condensed bursts where learners are in control of what and when they’re learning. Content for video microlearning can use an array of multimedia that can catch and keep attentions spans enough to facilitate learning in flexible ways that engage the learner. The average attention span of the average learner in 2020 is roughly 90 seconds. Most social media platforms focus on video modules averaging multimedia options to last between 1 minute and 1 minute and 30 seconds. Using video microlearning in 2 minute and under modules give students the ability to easily access learning quickly and in complete standalone lessons or micro-courses that can not only be accessed quickly and from any smart device, but also shared, helping recall and retention. I think focusing on the conveniences, audience, impact and approach within the performance will solve many instructional questions and problems presented.