Many of us are into bite-sized videos, the likes of You Tube, and now, increasingly we see bite-sized education being introduced. There are many online start-ups providing segments of academic topics that you could watch at leisure. With Grovo coming into the game, it is now targeting education for job skill sets that push workers from jobs requiring more than high school education yet not a degree, to fill the middle-skills gap space, such as in the areas of research work and project management.
Each video lesson is just 60 seconds long! Whilst this likely means no one has drifted off in the process, I do wonder if enough is communicated in this short time frame to achieve the skills development needed. In a way, studies show that there are issues around staying in focus: a Microsoft study found us to have attention span of merely 8 seconds, lower than goldfish! (credit: http://www.cnet.com/news/goldfish-the-actual-fish-not-the-crackers-may-have-a-better-attention-span-than-humans/). Those with digital lifestyles have more issues to sustain prolonged focus. However, given that many of us are able to “stay engaged” in watching longer programs on TV, a more interactive media for education may just find itself able to keep people in focus for longer, especially if the learning is fun and also entertaining.