Opportunity Forecast for MicroLearning – REVISIT
JoAnna and Shannon thank everyone for the hearty participation, feedback and kind words you provided while using our site this week! Between the dates of February 11th and February 18th, the MicroLearning OER had 38 visits to the site with the highest number of views occurring on February 13th. Twelve people contributed to the site through discussions, activities and collaborations. We thank you for your engagement.
To view the summaries of the surveys and the completed discussion boards (including the MicroLearning Misconceptions and the MicroLearning Projects), be sure to REVISIT our site.
MicroLearning is a support tool that enables faster acquisition of information. Coupled with immediate application, MicroLearning works best for reinforcement of material, rather than for introduction to new concepts. Analysis of your contributions to the site revealed that most of you were already using MicroLearning in some capacity, but didn’t realize it. Going into the week there were a few sceptics about how MicroLearning might fit into formal education. Some of the misconceptions about MicroLearning included:
- it replaces other forms of learning (such as e-learning)
- is no more than a short video
- does not require immediate application
- it is just the chunked content of a longer course
Fortunately, our OER was very successful in that everyone indicated that they gained a clearer definition of the applicability of MicroLearning from using the site. All participants were able to provide some example of how they are already using it in and outside of their classrooms:
- to reinforce the teachings of more challenging concepts
- to emphasize core content over time
- for quick lessons to address deficiencies
- for translation
- for recipes.
A great statement of its usability as a teaching support tool was provided by Derek, who wrote:
“micro-learning is the perfect key to ensuring I keep student attention but provide enough information packed content in an interesting format”.
MicroLearning cannot be used for everything and does pose some challenges. Because of its concentrated nature, the best MicroLearning resources can take a long time to produce. Although the main asset of MicroLearning is that it addresses the issue of shortened attention spans, we want to thank Scott for posing the ethical question around how much we should be catering to this versus actively cultivating focused attention in our emerging learners.
“Thank you again, MET community for a superb learning experience.”
Although many of you may be aware of this already, the UBC MET program has provided the students with many of the tools to create these MicroLearning projects for FREE !!! Be sure to REVISIT our site to discover these free applications if you were not aware of this as our links take you directly to the UBC free version of them. These include:
The second asks you to provide us with Feedback about our site so that we can increase the user experience for further viewers.We look forward to providing you with the opportunity to experience our MicroLearning site. We will be monitoring our site on a daily basis and will make every effort to respond to any interactions in a timely manner.
MicroLearning by JoAnna Cassie and Shannon Hagen