FROM THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO MICROLEARNING FOR EDUCATORS
We’ve come up with over 50 ways that educators can use microlearning! In this series, we’ll give you 5 practical ideas for using microlearning in your teaching each week.
WHAT IS ‘MICROLEARNING’?
So to recap, microlearning is a way of delivering education in small, bite-sized learning units, typically allowing students to control their own learning, at their own pace.
The basic characteristics of microlearning are that it is short, focused, interactive, and flexible.
Short: It lasts 5-15 minutes (or less).
Focused: It has a specific focus on one single topic.
Interactive: It is combined with activities to promote active learning.
Flexible: It is available to use alone or with other microlearning, teaching, or classroom activities. Ideally, it should be used daily or several times a week.
HOW CAN YOU USE MICROLEARNING EFFECTIVELY IN YOUR TEACHING?
There are so many ways to use microlearning, either before, during or after class. In this series, we’ll give you over 50 ideas for using microlearning effectively. Here are the next 5 ideas!
IDEA #11: USE MICROLEARNING TO MIX UP THE SYLLABUS.
With microlearning, you can try new things in your class! Mixing microlearning lessons with other teaching and topics allows more flexibility in the delivery of your course. If you’re co-teaching a class, microlearning allows those with different opinions on how things should be taught, or the order in which they should be taught, even more options.
TIP: Mix up your syllabus! Try lessons from other topics or subjects that you wouldn’t normally include.
CASE STUDY EXAMPLE:
Astronomy can be taught in several ways. There are many approaches and groups of lessons that can be used for courses of different lengths and orientation. For example, OpenStax has created five different course outlines for teaching Astronomy. When you use individual microlearning lessons from BLENDING EDUCATION’s Astronomy Course, you can decide which lessons you want to use and organize lessons your course in any order that you like.
You may find that there isn’t enough time to fit in everything you would like in a course. By choosing the microlearning lessons you want, in the order you want, you can give students the learning experience you want to deliver.
IDEA #12: USE MICROLEARNING AS MILESTONES.
Use microlearning to evaluate how well students are progressing throughout the term. At the beginning of a term, give students a few short lessons see where they are in their learning. Then, do it again in the middle of the course or at intermittent stages. And finally, use microlearning lessons at the end to see how far students have progressed.
TIP: You can use the same or different resources each time. If you use the same resources, make sure that questions and/or answers are randomized to foster actual learning and reduce students simply recalling answers due to “practice effects”.
IDEA #13: USE MICROLEARNING TO PREPARE STUDENTS BEFORE THE TERM STARTS.
Just like beating the summer slide, microlearning is a great way to engage students and foster their interest in the upcoming year! And because lessons are small, they won’t seem as overwhelming.
So, get everyone on the same page and let them know what they’ll be doing once the school term begins. Students will come to class prepared and confident knowing what they will be learning what is expected of them.
TIP: Students are excited before school starts, so why not assign a few lessons online for students to try out? You can also post your class syllabus to them prior to classes starting or create an introductory video.
IDEA #14: USE MICROLEARNING AS TASTER LESSONS.
Would you like to generate more interest in your course? Use a few introductory microlearning lessons as tasters, so that students can get an idea of how great your course is before they sign up!
TIP: You can link to some free ones in BLENDING EDUCATION’s new Blending Space right through your current LMS. We’ve given you the first chapter of every course to try out absolutely free.
IDEA #15: USE MICROLEARNING TO SHOW PARENTS WHAT THEIR CHILDREN ARE LEARNING.
Some Learning Management Systems allow you to create special accounts for parents. Why not give them access to microlearning lessons so that they can see what their children are learning? Many LMS even allow access for parents to review reports and see their child’s grades.
TIP: If your school has parent/teacher days, or open days, why not create a few microlearning taster sessions for both students and parents?
TIP: If you homeschool, you can access BLENDING EDUCATION’s Blending Space for lessons aligned to OpenStax textbooks. The Blending Space is a fully-functioning Learning Management System.
WHAT WAYS DO YOU USE MICROLEARNING?
We are passionate about teaching and learning and love the idea of microlearning. We constantly hear of new ways teachers are using microlearning in their teaching. How do you use microlearning in your teaching? Please share your ideas with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEE HOW WE DO MICROLEARNING
BLENDING EDUCATION takes microlearning to the next level by adding responsiveness, trackability, and assessment to what we think microlearning should be. Each lesson in our Microlearning Library is self-contained and can either be used as a standalone unit of learning or with other teaching resources.
Our microlearning lessons are easy to use. To access them, you simply add a type of resource called an “external tool” in your current course (most LMS have this resource). You then add the URL, Consumer Key and Secret that we provide to you, and the lessons will appear instantly in your LMS!
And, because our courses are delivered through your LMS, you and your students don’t need to log in, nor create an account. Everything will be accessed straight through your LMS, so you’ll have complete control.
READY TO GET STARTED?
Get free ideas and resources that you can use right now! Head over to Blending Space and check out free lessons that you can try both online and within your LMS. You can also try our microlearning lessons on our demos page and get free blended learning resources.