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 #26: USE MICROLEARNING TO KEEP STUDENTS ENGAGED.
You can use microlearning as a quick ‘wake-up tool’. Let students use their devices or computers to take a short lesson or quiz, or pose a question and let them answer it. Even allowing students to explore a microlearning lesson on their own for 10-15 minutes will keep them occupied and give you a break!
TIP: If you use microlearning lessons that are self-grading, and have access to your computer or mobile device in class, you can watch students’ grades coming into your Learning Management System (LMS) grade book. You can use data analytics or download grades into a spreadsheet to quickly create leaderboards to show students their class ranking on the lesson.
IDEA #27: USE MICROLEARNING TO HELP ESL STUDENTS.
Microlearning is beneficial for students who aren’t native English speakers. Some students may have difficulty following or keeping up with what you are teaching.
Use microlearning lessons and allow students multiple attempts to let them control the pace of their learning, and repeat lessons, if needed.
IDEA #28: USE MICROLEARNING FOR ACCESSIBILITY AND FOR STUDENTS WITH CERTAIN LEARNING DIFFICULTIES.
Microlearning lessons that conform to WCAG and Section 508 standards can meet accessibility requirements and assist those with learning difficulties to help them learn at the same level as those without them.
IDEA #29: USE MICROLEARNING TO SUPPLEMENT CURRENT TEACHING TOPICS.
Teachers can use microlearning lessons to supplement their current teaching, and add topics that are missing, or topics that they don’t want to teach or prepare.
Microlearning can also be used for topic areas that aren’t covered, and as further study for students who want to explore more. Microlearning works especially well if you just don’t have time to cover everything you would like in your course!
IDEA #30: USE MICROLEARNING TO SAVE ON TEXTBOOK COSTS.
Let’s face it, textbooks are expensive, and who can blame students for not wanting to buy them? Especially if you’re only using a few chapters in them!
Microlearning gives you the flexibility to use only the lessons that you need, in the order that you want. When used in tandem with free or low-cost textbooks, students can get the benefit of having access to both an interactive digital and a print version of the course.
TIP: Use low-cost textbooks like the ones provided by OpenStax to help students save money.
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.