Social Microlearning Motivates Learners to Pursue Higher-Level Cognitive Objectives

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 180)


With the advent of the smart phone, technology enhanced learning ultimately became mobile. The combination of small devices and ubiquitous availability promoted a certain type of informal learning called microlearning. Unfortunately, micro-learners tend to focus on the lower level cognitive objectives remembering and understanding. Social microlearning seeks to engage the learners in activities of higher cognitive levels – such as analyzing, evaluating and creating – by using successful strategies of social software. Early results confirm the assumption that learners’ activities evolve towards higher cognitive levels over time spent on a particular subject in a social microlearning environment. Consequently, social micro-learners gain deeper insights by progressing through an upwards spiral of competence development.


Microlearning Social learning Question posing 



This research is part of a PhD project, funded by the Austrian Funding Agency (FFG) as part of the Industrial PhD Programme. The project started in July 2015 and will be completed by December 2017.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Studios Austria FGLinzAustria
  2. 2.Johannes Kepler UniversityLinzAustria

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