Microlearning in health professions education
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Professor I had already the pleasure and the chance to witness the starting of this conference series on microlearning last year. It is always extremely exciting to observe the emergence of a new field in science, in this special case a new field due to the interaction between science, technology and our modern communication society. I was impressed by the contents of the first conference and in particular by the conference proceedings, which to my great pleasure were published in our
... publishing house, called iup (innsbruck university press). Thus our special thanks go to those who brought this important conference series in the field of microlearning to Innsbruck. Clearly we have to thank Prof. Peter Bruck, head of the ARC Research Studios. The ARC Research Studios are a success story in themselves. They are enhancing the Austrian innovative and competitive ability in the area of information and communication technology. The collaboration between the Austrian Research Studios and the Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck (LFUI) has already generated innovative and competitive research results, which have had an impact on the national and international scientific community; incidentally not only in the area of information technology but also in the field of biotechnology. Secondly, let me thank Prof. Theo Hug, Associate Professor and member of the successful faculty and institute of education at the LFUI and at the same time Head of the ARC Research Studio eLearning Environments. The studio is an important research centre for the LFUI in terms of generating new knowledge in the field of microlearning. Moreover Prof. Theo Hug was initiating and is now coordinating the new research network "Innsbruck Media Studies (IMS)". This future platform of excellence has the goal to enlarge competences in the field of new media at all levels of the University, includ- Foreword • Chisholm Abstract: MicroContent is a new phase in the development of Internet. After sites and web-pages, MicroContent defines an even smaller content fragment. MicroContent Items are content fragments that focused, self-contained, indivisible, structured and addressable. These attributes allow a new phenomenon on Internet: mixing and mashing. There are multiple ways how MicroContent can be combined into larger macrocontent containers, such as web-pages, applications, DVD's, etc. Although we are at the very early stages of this development several mashing parameters can be described. MicroContent mashing allows the audience to become the producer and will have impact on many content usages, such as learning.