This interactive presentation explores how microlearning, described variously as “measurable”, “short”, “simple”, “nuggets” of information (Hug, 2005, pp. 4-5) that “concentrates on structuring and syndication of information” (Kahnwald & Köhler, 2015, p. 158), can be used to address certain challenges in trying to increase and mainstream the use of online learning technologies by busy higher education staff. It outlines a solution that is currently being developed as part of the “TELU.me” research project that addresses these challenges and aims to facilitate the integration of learning technologies into education through the development and sharing of short, yet practical and applicable OERs, which offer training for time-poor staff. The presentation includes a critical reflection on project research and developments to date as well as an outline of the process for the project’s ongoing evaluation and the project’s potentially larger significance in the technology enhanced learning field.
The concept of microlearning isn’t anything new (Hug, 2005, p. 2) and its suitability to a sector where educators cite lack of time (NFETL, 2014) as being a key barrier to their adoption or exploration of technology enhanced learning tools is however significant. Significant also is the joining together of the concept of microlearning with the collaborative creation of open education resources (OERs) across a number of higher education institutes. Such collaboration in the TELU.me context was made possible through the development of a platform that allowed inter alia for constructing courses and course taxonomies, reviewing and moderating learning material and creating custom learning paths.
This session provides an overview of the key offerings of the resource, including how materials are presented to the end user and in how the user can interact and organise their learning resources. OERs are organised into tracks based not only on the tool type but on the pedagogical approaches that can be used to enhance one’s teaching and ultimately, the learner experience. A live demonstration of the online solution will be offered in the session highlighting some of its key features and looking at how personalised learning and open education resources can address a key need in higher education.
Preliminary evaluation findings will also be presented, highlighting key input from inter-institutional focus groups through the course of the project. Finally, some conclusions will be offered on how this approach could impact the future of educational technology adoption in higher education followed by audience participation based on the discussion of individual case studies and the sharing of best practices.
Hug, T. (2005, May 6-8). Micro Learning and Narration: Exploring possibilities of utilization of narrations and storytelling for the designing of “micro units” and didactical micro-learning arrangements. Paper presented at fourth Media in Transition conference: MiT4: The Work of Stories, MIT, Cambridge (MA), USA
Kahnwald, N. and Köhler, T (2006) Microlearning in virtual communities of practice? anexplorative analysis of changing information behaviour. In Proc. Microlearning Conf.,pages 157–172, 2006.
NFETL (2014). National Survey on the use of Technology to enhance Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. www.teachingandlearning.ie