Microlearning and Reflection

Microlearning Project Website; http://www.annemariefiore.com/micro

The reflection of my microlearning project encompasses several components; (a) identification of the authoring tool chosen and project type, (b) description of the authoring tool (c) reflection of the learning theory or theories that supported learning, and (d) why those approaches were effective.

Creating an Interactive

Sleave (2018) is an HTML5 based content development platform used for building web HTML output content and scorm packages. It is in the same class of products as Adobe Captivate and iSpring. The project that I am creating in Sleave is an interactive for a higher education faculty online training (FOT). FOT is a 4-week class that introduces many of the principles of best practices of teaching adult students online.

I have been learning software since the 1990s. I have no trouble learning a new piece of software. Graphic, video, and interactivity software are designed with the same platform. This dates to the time of Macromedia Director (1992). Relying on the experience of software that I know very well, I use that experience to construct knowledge of new software. If I have forgotten something or want to learn new skills and I cannot figure it out for myself, I use the internet to find a tutorial.

Even though I find myself using my experience to construct new knowledge, I do not consider myself to be a constructivist learner (Driscoll, 2000). Constructivism does not address learning that occurs because and with technology. It also fails to describe how learning happens within networks and organizations.

Connectivism

I consider myself to be a connectivist. Although many educators do not believe that connectivism rises to the level of a learning theory, I believe it does. Let us consider some of the elements as outlined by George Siemens.

Siemens (2005) believed that one of the educational trends in modern life is that people will move into a variety of different and unrelated fields over the course of their lifetime. I have moved from different fields of music, technology, and curriculum. My fields were related as they were under the umbrella of education.

The modern workplace asks its employees to learn tasks that are not taught in formal education. For example, my current employment required me to learn a software title named Smart Sparrow. Smart Sparrow  (2018) is an adaptive platform for personalized learning. I learned the software, created a few demos, and my employer decided to drop it from the company offerings. Learning is a continual process. Just as I learned Smart Sparrow, I will learn the next piece of software.

Siemens (2005) noted that technology has changed the way we communicate, live, and learn. There is no reason to memorize facts, figures, and step by step instructions. We can use technology as an “assist” to off-load tutorials and knowledge. Additionally, how, why, and where to find information or knowledge is more important than memorizing the dates of a civil war battle.

My connectivist approach to learning Sleave was successful in that I was able to create a project from scratch in a relatively short amount of time. Presently, there is no assessment in my Sleave course. My intention is to add some “check your understanding” questions to this module, in the future.

References

Adobe Director (Formerly Macromedia Director) [Computer software]. (2004, January). Retrieved December 2, 2018, from http://www.adobe.com/director

Driscoll, M. (2000). Psychology of learning for instruction. Needham Heights, MA, Allyn & Bacon.

Glaser, R. & Resnick, L. (1989). Knowing, learning, and instruction: essays in honor of Robert Glaser. Hillsdale, N.J: L. Erlbaum Associates.

Kumar, S. (2017, July). Sleave [Computer software]. Retrieved December 2, 2018, from http://www.esleave.com

Siemens, G. (2005, January). Connectivism: A learning theory for the digital age. International Journal of Instructional Technology & Distance Learning. Retrieved from http://www.itdl.org/Journal/Jan_05/article01.htm

Smart Sparrow [Computer software]. (n.d.). Retrieved December 2, 2018, from http://www.smartsparrow.com