Microlearning is a concept that has been well recognized in the training and IT fields, but has yet to become a highly adopted practice in education. That said, microlearning has been steadily gaining attention in higher education due to the number of benefits it offers learners. In fact, one research study found that the use of microlearning objects increased learning and retention of course material by 18% (Mohammed, Wakil, Nawroly, 2018).
Last month, the Smithsonian launched Smithsonian Open Access, a website that provides access to millions of digital artifacts (2D & 3D images, animations, data, audio files, and more). The items are all available under a CC0 license, meaning they are in the public domain and you are free to download, reuse, remix, revise and redistribute, making them a fantastic resource for education.
The Dutton e-Education Institute recently hosted its first Speed Dating with Learning Technologies event. This was an opportunity for faculty to get quick and easy introductions to technologies that can be used to enhance teaching in face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses. The event featured the following technologies:
At Penn State, we talk about the “All In” initiative ~ a commitment to diversity and inclusion in all areas of the University. This includes our online classrooms. Here are some ways to use language to create diverse and inclusive classroom environments for all students.
P.S. These tips are good for traditional face-to-face classrooms as well!
Last month, three of my fellow learning designers and I made a presentation at Penn State's Canvas Day on a realtively new innovation that we utilize in several online courses called the Course Content Selector, which is our Single-Page Display LTI.
What is LTI and what does it do?
Looking for a way to help your students get more out of their studies? The study of effective teaching and learning strategies is sometimes known as the science of learning, and it delves deep into cognitive science to inform the ways we teach and learn. Research-backed strategies have proved to be effective for students of all ages.
Here’s an innovative idea to promote deep learning: allow students to make up missed exam points by creating their own short videos to explain the missed concepts. Once evaluated for accuracy, the videos can be posted for classmates to discuss and also use for study.
Mike Taylor, of Mindset Digital, recently presented a webinar devoted to helpful resources that can be added to a course design toolkit. Below you will find a selection of a few of these resources, which can be hugely helpful in finding visual imagery to accompany course content or presentations. Enjoy!
One of my favorite parts of being a learning designer is working with instructors. It’s not only a chance to create a new course with ideas, but it’s an opportunity for a new work partnership. The idea-sharing, the collaborative work, and even the thrill of reaching a goal too close to a deadline are enriching.
Here are a few tips I’ve gathered over the years on building partnerships among designers and instructors: