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 #36: USE MICROLEARNING FOR HOMESCHOOLING.
When microlearning is aligned with a homeschooling curriculum, it can save parents hours of preparation time and simplify the delivery of lessons. Homeschooled students can benefit from consistent, pedagogically-effective and well-designed lessons delivered wherever they are and whenever they need it.
TIP: Use full courses from BLENDING EDUCATION’s K-12 Library with thousands of lessons that can be used in any order and easily merged into your home school curriculum.
IDEA #37: USE MICROLEARNING DURING INTERRUPTIONS.
Having access to thousands of lessons online is really useful when there may be interruptions during a class, so that learning can still continue.
TIP: Interruptions, by their nature, are unpredictable! So, use microlearning lessons that let students pick up where they left off.
IDEA #38: USE MICROLEARNING TO SHARE LEARNING ACROSS CLASSES, COURSES, AND OTHER SUBJECTS.
You can embed microlearning in other teaching, share lessons across classes, courses and other subjects, and let students try topics in related or unrelated subjects through your Learning Management System (LMS). Let students explore and find things that they never knew they were interested in!
TIP: Give students access to refresher lessons in subjects like mathematics and science on demand, so that they can dip in whenever it’s necessary.
IDEA #39: USE MICROLEARNING TO IMPROVE WRITING SKILLS.
Help improve writing skills by using microlearning lessons before students begin to write on a particular topic. The classic student engagement technique Quick Write, in which students write a response to a question posed by the teacher in a short amount of time, can help them recall what they’ve learned, focus their attention, and communicate it clearly. For example, students can complete a microlearning topic, understand it, then expand on it through writing.
TIP: Choose microlearning lessons that contain thought-provoking questions. Use these to help students expand on what they’ve just learned by allowing them to express their thoughts through writing.
IDEA #40: USE MICROLEARNING TO IDENTIFY STRUGGLING STUDENTS.
It’s essential to identify the topics students are struggling with versus those that they understand. This is useful to both you and your students to maximize time both in and out of class.
If you use a microlearning platform or Learning Management System (LMS) with the capability to measure learning data, you’ll be able to easily identify patterns and trends to not only intervene, but also adjust your teaching and online content to fill in knowledge gaps.
Microlearning can help, because having more resources means having more opportunities to learn. It’s easier to flag or notice problems when there are more self-grading resources that are measuring learning. Just having a mid-term exam and final, or worse, only one final exam, won’t tell you how well students are learning during the course! When students are struggling, it’s important to notice, intervene, and assist with their learning.
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.