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 #41: USE MICROLEARNING AS A JUMPING OFF POINT.
Use microlearning as an icebreaker or jumping off point for discussions after students complete a lesson. Give students a short topic to work on, and then discuss it. This can be especially effective at the beginning of the course.
The first days of term can be a great time to introduce microlearning lessons and generate interest in upcoming topics. Let students interact to foster a sense of community, help break down social barriers, and lower their anxiety.
Let students know that engagement and interaction are important components of your class!
IDEA #42: USE MICROLEARNING TO PREPARE FOR LABS OR PRACTICAL CLASSES.
Microlearning is a great way to prepare students for lab work. Although it can be used anytime, it is especially effective when used as preparation before students first set foot in the lab.
CASE STUDY EXAMPLE:
In biological sciences, there are simple things that students need to know before coming to a lab, or worse, things that we assumed students already knew! For example, lab safety is extremely important, so why not give students a short lesson to complete before they enter the lab? If the lesson is self-graded, you’ll be able to quickly tell which students are prepared and which are not.
If mobile devices are allowed in the lab, try using QR codes at lab stations or on various equipment so that students can get quick, short, and important information that they need.
IDEA #43: USE MICROLEARNING WITH QR CODES.
You can link microlearning lessons to QR codes in places where students can get more information. Simply set up the QR code to go directly to the microlearning lesson in your course on your Learning Management System (LMS).
This can be beneficial for field trips, in the lab, or when students need access to information or learning through their mobile devices.
IDEA #44: USE MICROLEARNING TO INTRODUCE A CLASS OR TOPIC.
You can include microlearning as part of your introduction to your course or any topic you teach. Use it on the first day of school or ideally sooner, for example, during orientation or before students start the term. Letting students know what to expect gives them the confidence they need to succeed.
Students drop classes for many reasons. Letting them know what to expect in a course can help avoid confusion or disappointment because they’ll know exactly what they will be learning.
IDEA #45: USE MICROLEARNING TO CURATE A LIBRARY OF RESOURCES.
Curating a Microlearning Library is awesome! As teachers, we’ve seen it too many times: working for weeks on a learning resource or course only to find out later that another colleague in another department already made something similar that we could have used. Don’t re-invent the wheel; share resources!
Imagine creating your own Learning Repository, something that everyone in your institution can access with thousands of lessons available on demand. A Microlearning Library gives teachers the flexibility of dipping in to access the digital resources that they want, whenever they need them.
If it’s appropriate, give access to your Microlearning Library to students and other stakeholders like parents, administrators, and alumni.
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.