How to Use Microlearning in Your Teaching Series – Part 4

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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.

Microlearning is:
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!

See Ideas 1-5 in Part 1

See Ideas 6-10 in Part 2

See Ideas 11-15 in Part 3

IDEA #16: USE MICROLEARNING TO SHOW STAKEHOLDERS WHAT STUDENTS ARE LEARNING.

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It’s important to keep principals, deans, school administrators, parents and other stakeholders involved in what students are learning. Microlearning can be an easy way to show them examples of the digital component of your course.

TIP: Maybe you’re promoting a new school program, such as a new science program, so use a few microlearning lessons to spotlight your blended or online course and show everyone what students will be learning. Data analytics that are generated can also give them information at a glance.

IDEA #17: USE MICROLEARNING TO GIVE DISTANCE LEARNERS A CONSISTENT EXPERIENCE.

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If your teachers or students are scattered over distances, it’s important to use a consistent method of delivering learning to insure that everyone is getting similar learning experiences.

Microlearning helps you deliver equal learning opportunities for everyone. Data analytics reports can show interesting trends in how students are learning in different physical spaces.

IDEA #18: USE MICROLEARNING TO MAKE ONLINE COURSES MORE ENGAGING.

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We all know that a good online course is not just taking a face-to-face course and putting the printed material online. Microlearning makes online courses more engaging because it makes them not only easier to digest, but also more interactive. Teaching and learning remotely offers challenges, so the more engaging the material the better!

TIP: If your course is solely online, microlearning can improve learning when used in conjunction with discussion boards and forums. Students can complete lessons and then discuss what they’ve learned, and get feedback from teachers and peers.

IDEA #19: USE MICROLEARNING TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR AP® EXAMS AND COLLEGE.

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Microlearning is perfect for covering subjects like Advanced Placement (AP®) in small, easily digestible chunks. And, for many students, thinking about the upcoming AP® Exam can be a nerve-racking experience. So, for students who may be afraid or reluctant about taking the AP® Exam, use a few AP® microlearning lessons to let them see what’s expected and help overcome their fears.

TIP: If you’re teaching an AP® course, try focusing on one topic or a few microlearning lessons each day leading up to the AP® exam. Here are some free AP® microlearning lessons that you can use to supplement your Advanced Placement course:

AP® Biology

AP® College Physics

AP® Macroeconomics

AP® Microeconomics

IDEA #20: USE MICROLEARNING TO AID SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS (OR TEACHING ASSISTANTS OR TUTORS).

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Having a library of microlearning resources available that you and your students can access has so many benefits. Microlearning makes it easy to hand over lessons if you have a substitute teacher or teaching assistants that are teaching your course.

TIP: Microlearning resources are effective when used within the entire school or university to make sure that all teachers teaching that subject are delivering a consistent learning experience. Microlearning lessons can even be used in different sequences or across different curriculums!

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 ideas@blending.education.

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 demo page and get free blended learning resources.

Happy Blending!

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