Atomic learning breaks down a particular skill step-by-step into its elementary bricks, the smallest units of knowledge that can be learned individually are atomic skills.
A skill represents the abilities and/or knowledge of an employee. A machine offers functionalities, a person has skills.
But how do we learn a skill? How do we gain the abilities or the knowledge to solve a problem? A skill is made out of many different elements which we need to learn and memorize in order to master the skill.
So, what are those different elements of a skill?
Imagine your goal is to master the skill Microsoft Excel. Then a simple example for an atomic skill would be the “IF Function”. But, of course, there are a lot more atoms than that, so where do you actually start learning? And what other atoms does the skill include?
That’s where the approach of atomic learning comes into play. It provides you with a detailed map of all atoms that are included in the skill you like to master, but also helps you navigate through it.
It’s clear that these skills can hardly be broken down any further – and that’s great, because you can immediately connect it to small learning materials and provide highly personalized learning experiences! Atomic learning simplifies breaking down a skill into small atoms to guide you step by step to your learning success. The resulting skill map out of many atoms provides navigation and a direct recommendation for fitting learning material.
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