Review of the Use and Impact of Nano-Learning in Education

Proceedings of The 4th International Conference on Research in Education

Year: 2021


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Review of the Use and Impact of Nano-Learning in Education

Saeed Jameel Aburizaizah and Tahany Abdulaziz Albaiz



With the birth of Connectivism as a historical evolution of education and the birth of e-learning 2.0 which is developed by Downes (2005), a new branch of education derived from e-learning and based on small pieces of learning, known as non-learning, is also born.  This article presents a literature overview of non-learning in education with a summary of some historical main background theories that formed new paradigms of education. Nano-learning can be defined as a smaller component of micro-learning that involves dividing micro-content into small chunks to address a single objective. More ideas are represented in this article pertaining to the uses, impact, and challenges of nano-learning in education, where social and communication technologies have changed the bases on which the knowledge and learning are based and constructed. The current debates on this topic inspired us to review related literature on the concepts of nano-learning in the era of social networking. Therefore, the main contribution of this work is to encourage further debate among researchers and practitioners in the field of education to introduce new social media platforms and instructional designs that are influenced by nano-learning principles and can enrich learning.

keywords: design, e-learning, instruction, micro, nano, content.