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 #21: USE MICROLEARNING WHEN STUDENTS OR TEACHERS CANNOT MAKE IT TO CLASS.
We all know that life can be unpredictable! The current pandemic has shown us that everything can change very dramatically in our lives without much warning.
Most teachers are now teaching online until this pandemic ends. Just because we can’t physically be in class doesn’t mean that we should miss the opportunity to teach or learn. Microlearning lessons are handy for students or teachers who cannot make it to class due to illness, weather or other reasons.
TIP: Consider those without access to computers or the internet. Some Learning Management Systems (LMS) allow offline access to digital resources. Printed PDF copies of microlearning lessons can also be distributed to those without devices or internet connectivity. Get free printable PDF lessons from Blending Education.
IDEA #22: USE MICROLEARNING TO REDUCE LATE HOMEWORK SUBMISSIONS.
With access to microlearning, students don’t have to physically be in class to turn in their homework. Look for microlearning that can be completed on mobile devices and is also “responsive”, so that students can view it without pinching and zooming in and out. Students will be able to complete their homework anytime and anywhere there is a cellular or WiFi connection, so they’ll have more opportunities to meet important deadlines.
We’ve all been there: Either we put off doing something (like homework) or we just forget. We open up our assignment and it’s so…long. But, imagine having access to something anytime, anywhere that can be completed in as little as 15 minutes! With mobile-ready microlearning, students can complete their homework whenever and wherever they like.
IDEA #23: USE MICROLEARNING FOR STUDENTS WHO NEED TO CATCH UP.
For many reasons, some students can fall behind. Use your library of microlearning lessons for students who need a little extra help to catch up. Let students access previous lessons, so that they can test their knowledge or review the topic again. Allow students to have multiple attempts, randomize questions and answers, and give immediate feedback to make learning even more effective.
CASE STUDY EXAMPLE:
Freshman biology students arrive at college from many different backgrounds, experiences, and even education levels. A basic knowledge of statistics is important, yet, there can be a huge variance in students’ understanding of it. Some students may have a very basic knowledge of statistics; some may be adept. And, some may have no statistics experience at all. Letting students access a library of statistics lessons anytime, anywhere will allow them to learn, advance or just get some refresher lessons.
IDEA #24: USE MICROLEARNING FOR STUDENTS WHO WANT TO MOVE AHEAD.
Assignments that are too easy or too difficult can lead students to disengage from learning. Just as there are students who can fall behind, there will be students who will want to move ahead. Tasks need to be sufficiently challenging so that students can succeed.
You can differentiate learning elements in your course to support students to work at their optimum challenge level. Allow your students to progress in your course by making future lessons available (a great way to personalize learning!), or use additional microlearning lessons for extra credit or supplemental learning.
IDEA #25: USE MICROLEARNING TO ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION.
When you meet students where they are, such as on their mobile devices, they can be more receptive to what you are teaching. Technology is part of our lives, and for most students today, it has been around for their entire life! Technology is used in the workplace, therefore, we need to prepare students for their experiences in the real world. Let them use their devices for learning.
TIP: If you are just starting to incorporate technology or digital resources into your course, start with a few short, self-contained lessons that you can easily integrate into your LMS. This is easier than trying yet another new App that both you and your students need to sign into and learn how to use!
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 demo page and get free blended learning resources.