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Didactics of Microlearning: Concepts, Discourses and Examples - Book review
The book 'Didactics of Microlearning: Concepts, Discourses and Examples' is a compilation of various invited contributions, papers and articles, edited by Theo Hug, a noted expert on the subject. The book also includes thought provoking contributions by the editor himself. It is an authentic book on micro-learning as an emergent area of education. The book provides both theory and practice of micro-learning, and is helpful in restructuring and transacting the curricula through micro-learning approach to classroom instruction.

According to Theo Hug, the concept of micro-learning as concept with explicit emphasis in the area of education is new which is open to inclusion and integration of digital technologies. The book rightfully stresses the need for pedagogical focus in micro-learning rather than mere interesting presentation of micro-contents or short technology-mediated learning episodes.

The book is divided into six sections including the one titled ‘ Connecting Micro Steps’ so as not to lose sight of macro structures during the transaction of micro-learning approaches. Since, micro-learning can fragment knowledge, it is essential to reconnect the short learning episodes to get meso and macro perspectives of knowledge.

The book spread on 424 pages has the following topics: A Historical Survey; Creating a Learning Ecology in Distributed Environments; Order from Intermediality An Outline of a Model of Knowledge Production; Microdidactics and Microlearning; Microlearning as a Challenge for Instructional Design; What Size is Micro?; Using a Didactical Approach Based on Learning Objectives; Thinking About the ‘m’ in Mobile Learning; When Remix Culture Meets Microlearning; Microlearning and the episodic nature of almost everything; Storytelling as a Motivational Tool in Digital Learning Games; Experiences in Setting up a Virtual Learning Game Project; Providing Macrostructure for Microlearning; From DoubleLoop Learning to TripleLoop Learning Profound Change Individual; Teach Yourself Culture in Open Source Software Projects; On the Relationship of Didactical Characteristics and their Use; Lurking as Microlearning in Virtual Communities: An Explorative Analysis; The Creative Application of Illusions; Some Critical Remarks on Electronic Communication; Reflections on Mobile and LocationBased Learning; A Generative Model for Evaluation of Microlearning Processes; and Quality Management for the Implementation of Elearing

Besides, the use of micro-learning techniques in the social setting of classroom, the suitability of micro-learning in the modern world of information and communicational technologies (ICTs) has been discussed in details. Various concepts like accessed activities analysis; cognitive collaborative communication; connectivism; didactic digital games; e-learning ecology; episodic gaming; Internet knowledge;  learning environment; learning objectives; learning process; memory methods; micro-content; micro-learning mobile; networks; open source software; participants' pedagogical perspective; pupils pyramid discussions; quality management; sequence situated learning; teaching script theory; videoconferencing; virtual communities; etc. have been explained the book.

Published by Waxmann Verlag, the book is an authentic publication in the upcoming area of knowledge and practice on micro-learning. It is a useful manual for researchers, educators and classroom practitioners in era of rapid advancement in ICTs.

All professionals working the university education departments, educators, educationalists, educational scholars, research students, educational planners and teachers must read this book to look at the possibilities of converting theory of micro-learning into practice in the present times when ICTs are being introduced for teaching and training in a big way.

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