Week 11: Microlearning OER
By Matt on March 15, 2020
Hello Fellow ETEC’ers from Kendra, Michael, and Matthew!
Welcome to Week 11 of the Opportunity Forecasts and our presentation on Microlearning! Winston Churchill once said “Personally, I am always ready to learn; although I don’t always like being taught”. In a world that moves at high speed and requires fast reactions, microlearning is a new learning option that reflects exactly this. We’re very excited to present to you what we’ve learned and hope you’ll have lots of feedback about the experience for us. Please post it in the comments below and let’s make this resource better! For our presentation, we’ve decided to take a slightly different approach – we want to teach you about microlearning using microlearning! See what we did there!?
Our initial plan was to use a currently available microlearning platform and design a short course for you all. But what we quickly realized is that microlearning isn’t cheap (at least not right now)! Many companies offer trial demonstrations or small free accounts, but we could find nothing that would be robust enough for our course without paying hundreds of dollars (or forcing you to create paid accounts). So, what we’ve done instead is created a “simulated microlearning” environment using freely available tools (Google Forms, Prezi, and Weebly). We’ve closely followed the principles of microlearning in our creation of this experience …. which will make more sense once you learn what those principles are in this week’s OER.
The OER is set up in a series of 6 modules – each designed to take 15-20 minutes to complete with a very short quiz at the end of each to document your participation and learning. We encourage you to work on them at your own pace, preferably 1/day so that you can truly experience what microlearning can be like. Typically, microlearning modules would be even shorter than this – but you’ll learn that one drawback of microlearning is the inability to deliver more complex content!
**One other important note, if you prefer to experience these modules on your mobile device rather than a computer, you’ll want to download the free Prezi Viewer app (Apple
). External links are not supported in Prezi on mobile devices without the app.**
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