Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mini-Lessons: A Different Learning Approach

Although presented in small bites to satisfy today’s learners, effective mini-lessons follow good teaching practice.

The learner seeks knowledge and wants to absorb that knowledge; learning activities then help embed that knowledge. Learners will often want to test themselves to check their understanding as well as assimilation.

Alternatively, learners may want to test themselves for prior knowledge before undertaking any study, or refresh themselves through learning activities.

Learning can be approached from various entry points, and there is a recognizable continuum of learning. These observations, along with a simplified example of the process of learning, are presented using Raptivity Linker below.

The key feature of each mini-lesson is that it is quick and specific.

Have you created any mini learning sample(s)? Looking forward to see your creative samples. And of course, do let me know your thoughts on my mini lesson sample.

About the Author:
Anne Mills
Director/Developer, Learning Solutions

Anne is a graphic designer whose skills have enabled her to produce appealing learning objects and engaging online learning experiences. Through her collaboration with Caryl Oliver, and Raptivity, she has created a range of learning and training courses for clients as small as a hospitality college in India to industry giants like the Linfox Group in Australia.

Currently Anne is contracted to Achievement for All in the UK producing material that supports the charity in its work with vulnerable children. With its reach into 2000 schools, the task to transform their main programme from face-to-face training of school personnel to predominantly online learning is a challenge for them as well as for Anne!

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