Originally posted on October 2, 2023 | By: Rob Porter

Macrolearning focuses on teaching broad concepts and ideas instead of specific details or skills—leading to better problem solving in addition to critical and creative thinking.

Today, people take for granted that information and answers are available to them within seconds: Instructions for doing nearly everything imaginable are available on YouTube. Forums enable people to pour over the thoughts, opinions, and discussions of countless others who have worked through shared problems. Artificial intelligence provides even more sophisticated ways to get answers and information than existed a year ago.

Commentators have focused on the positives of such advancing integration with digital tools for solving problems, framing the web, AI, and emerging technologies (such as brain-machine interfaces) as extensions of natural cognitive, learning, and problem-solving systems. As with many advances in technology, those tools have provided more efficient ways to get things done and left society with less time or need for learning the big picture—for instance, the foundational concepts of a learning domain that would enable someone to solve problems without googling them or asking ChatGPT. That concept-driven form of learning is known as macro learning, and people are doing too little of it.

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