Professional development is challenging due to schools' inability to provide staff training. The lack of training is because of the financial burden as workshops are not COD effective. However, schools conduct one-time sessions to educate the staff, but covering in-depth subjects is impossible.
This crisis exists especially in educational technology training, where specific tools are taught. Online education is complex when compared to the classroom implementation strategies but it's very effective as we know edtech has untapped potential.
"Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome." - Samuel Johnson.
Microlearning is one great solution for school districts to manage all these issues and provide professional training sessions. If we see online learning as a solution, Microlearning is the best option for professional development for ed-tech tools.
Meanwhile, learners can easily learn all the complex subjects as mini-courses or mini-lessons. This way is more simple instead of lengthy training sessions.
Many companies have employed these mini-courses and training sessions to help their employees.
For instance, Google sites can be used to create simple and meaningful microlearning experiences, especially for technology or instructional strategies. Learners can choose the subjects based on their interests and equip themselves in that area.
Moreover, all these micro-courses principles can be applied to any kind of school district looking to create in-house professional development.
Staff members who are in charge of designing PD experiences have to use these microlearning strategies. This will help them to create effective technological experiences for learners.
The best component of microlearning is that it has a learning objective and mini-lessons to understand. This way of learning mainly focuses on specific objectives instead of overwhelming a learner. As it clearly states that you can easily create mini lead sins and educate the skills you need.
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas A Edison.
Before designing a microlearning course, you need to make a list of the learning targets. For instance, if a trainer wants to educate the teachers using a new formative assessment technological tool, then follow these steps:
Create a new assessment
Modify your existing assessment
Embed specific types of questions
Generate the reports
Analyze class data and progression
Ensure to cover all the learning targets in a mini-lesson that includes all the necessary contents. This will help educators to provide training for the lessons appropriately.
In the same way, educators need to understand the context well before teaching it. The educators need to understand the importance of that particular skill and develop courses useful for it.
In more simple terms, educators need to understand, “why should they create a mini-course about the specific skill?” If educators can define the best answers for it, it’s easy to create content for those mini-courses.
"As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." - Bill Gates.
While discussing micro-courses, people always tend to think about the content length. There is a common misconception in micro-courses, as it needs to be completed within a certain time duration.
However, content length is not important; only the quality of content matters. Microlearning must be interactive and discuss multiple solutions to solve problems. For each subject, it’s advisable to create at least two different types of course materials for learners. For example, in technology-based micro-courses, you can make use of interactive, multimodal presentation methods as follows:
Quick videos with embedded follow-up questions
A step-by-step guide with GIFs
Clickable with the help of Iorad
Google Forms assessments for self-checking
Moreover, an interactive way of creating mini-courses is significant for all the subjects. It can be achieved by embedding useful information along with micro-courses. You can use tools like Edpuzzle for creating video tutorials or Google Forms quizzes.
With the help of these tools, you can easily educate all the complex concepts. Also, learners can revisit these mini-lessons and understand the subjects in a better way.
In microlearning, constant access to course material is essential. This helps learners to access the courses and learn without any issues easily. Even if you create mini-courses in Google Site, it’s better to have a single website that ensures constant access.
Also, you need to create courses accessible across any type of device. This helps learners find the courses or resources from mobile phones, laptops, etc.
Microlearning is an ideal choice for schools that need to provide professional learning experiences. You can design courses in-house and promote them across the organization.
These self-paced course structures can help learners to avoid any future risks and schedule courses based on choices. Instead of creating in-person training sessions, you can better implement meaningful discussions to educate the Edtech tools.
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