Education Innovation: Yin and Yang in E-Learning Innovation

Yin and Yang in E-Learning Innovation

Author: Robin Nguyen Post date: 18-11-2017

Yin / Yang are the two halves that together complete wholeness. Yin and yang are also the starting point for change. When something is whole, by definition it is unchanging and complete. So when you split something into two halves – yin / yang, it upsets the equilibrium of wholeness. This starts both halves chasing after each other as they seek a new balance with each other.

In e-Learning, macro-learning, perceived as Yang, involves a larger time commitment, a focus on specified learning objectives, and is often used when choosing to engage with content that is unfamiliar. In contrast, micro-learning, perceived as Yin, is something that can be done on your phone, in the subway on the way to work. It is quick and focuses on specific pieces of information or skills. E-Learning professionals are currently grappling with these two types of learning as if they are not interrelated. It means the two halves of Yin and Yang does not complete the wholeness.

As socio-cultural practice, Language and Business training require high level of interactivity and collaboration that online courses must offer the opportunity to create a highly social learning environment. Macro-learning or micro-learning independently cannot full fill this need of learners.

Understand the problem, we spent hundreds of hours brainstorming and discussing with companies’ leaders, education experts, psychologists and IT leaders to express the desire to find a learning solution that could improve the reality.

We found that the effective strategy is embracing micro-learning within the broader paradigm of the macro-learning system in which it occurs. And we applied it in building IBI eLearning.


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