Microlearning as a Tool to Engage Students in Online and Blended Learning

ID: 45501 Type: Best Practices
  1. Peggy Semingson, University of Texas at Arlington, United States
  2. Matt Crosslin and Justin Dellinger, The University of Texas at Arlington, United States

Tuesday, March 3 11:30-11:50 AM

Presider:
Christine Anderson, Western Illinois University, United States

This best practices session focuses on exploration of the topic of using microlearning in both online and blended learning environments. The session will provide a definition of microlearning as well as the creation and location of microcontent, drawing on key ideas and principles from Theo Hug (2006; 2010). According to Hug (2010), microlearning overlaps theoretically and in practice with the topic of mobile learning. Microlearning experiences, for instance, can include short bursts of asynchronous learning such as brief readings of digital text(s), a brief video segment followed by a 2-3 question quiz, or a micropodcast. Instructors can use microlearning in flexible and fluid ways within, or in addition to the regular course content. Concrete examples of microlearning from across subject areas will be explored; teaching ideas and handouts will be provided.

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