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 #31: USE MICROLEARNING TO AID DIFFERENT LEARNING STYLES.
We now know that there are different ways people learn such as: visual, aural, verbal, physical, logical, social and solitary. Many students use mobile devices and technology exclusively to get information and have become accustomed to learning online. Nearly 67 percent of students now use mobile devices to complete their online coursework, according to a study conducted by Learning House and Aslanian Market Research.
Supplementing your current print materials with digital microlearning can accommodate those learners who prefer to learn online either visually or aurally, such as with a screen reader.
TIP: When digital microlearning is used in tandem with printed or online textbooks, students get to choose their preferred method of learning. Interactive microlearning lessons can also reinforce learning gained from passively reading online or reading a printed textbook.
Each individual’s optimum way of learning is governed by many factors and circumstances. Letting students choose their ideal way of learning insures that they are engaged by choice.
IDEA #32: USE MICROLEARNING TO CREATE FLOW.
Flow is the mental state in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.
Sometimes, just getting started on homework can be a challenge for students. So, break up long assignments into smaller chunks to help create and maintain a state of flow. Imagine their delight at starting with a small unit of learning instead of facing a 40-page book chapter! Students will get a sense of accomplishment once they start and complete a short, 15-minute microlearning lesson. And before they know it, they’ve completed another one, and another one, and eventually finished the whole chapter!
IDEA #33: USE MICROLEARNING WITH GAMIFICATION.
Make learning fun by turning it into a game. It decreases stress, removes distractions and can move the brain into a state of flow to open it up for learning.
In your LMS, microlearning lessons can be scheduled as levels that students complete based upon their performance (or mastery) of each previous one. Badges can also be assigned when students complete each level (such as a lesson, set of lessons, or a chapter).
Other game mechanics, such as online report cards (that show students how they’re progressing in their learning), leaderboards (that encourage students to compete against each other), and rewards (points and prizes), also help drive high student engagement in learning.
TIP: Feedback is important. After students complete a microlearning lesson, let them know how they did. Give them their score, and the opportunity to review their answers.
IDEA #34: USE MICROLEARNING FOR JUST IN TIME TEACHING (JITT).
Teachers can use microlearning lessons before each class is taught to determine where gaps may lie and adjust their teaching accordingly. In Just in Time Teaching (JITT), students complete and submit their lessons before class. The teacher then evaluates their submissions “just in time” and adjusts the upcoming face-to-face session to respond to what students still need to learn.
Using self-grading microlearning lessons enables faster evaluation of where students are struggling and makes it easier to concentrate on what you want to include next time. Data analytics and reports can be run within the LMS to quickly identify how well students performed and on which topics they’re still unclear.
This technique can also be used after teaching to evaluate microlearning lessons that have been done in class, to then modify the next lecture. Microlearning can be delivered anytime, such as before, during, or after class.
IDEA #35: USE MICROLEARNING IN THE FIELD (OR DURING FIELD TRIPS).
Students can learn in class, at home, in the field, on the bus, or anywhere that is safe for them to learn. Microlearning that is responsive to screens on mobile devices is essential to allow students to get the best possible learning experience whenever they are outside the classroom.
The concise nature of microlearning is ideal for quick bites of information and is less likely to interfere when kinesthetic learning (learning by doing) is taking place.
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.