Microcontent: triads, facilitators and a micro-campus

Distant view

Stephen Downes (link) has been exploring microlearning in some of his recent newsletter postings.

Today he has linked to a Paul Greatrix post about the concept of a micro-campus connected to tertiary education’s outreach plans (link).

Stephen points out that in an earlier iteration of this discussion, Stephen himself has considered a triad model to explore this move to a facilitation of learning by a course broker (link).

In my particular area of interest, sport, I see enormous opportunities for co-operation and collaboration in this space. There are so many shared interests in designing and facilitating microlearning to a burgeoning sport ‘industry’ with the learner deciding ‘why?’, ‘when?’, ‘what?’ and ‘how?’

Photo Credit

Giovanni Corti on Unsplash

Learning journeys and small stops

My email alerts this morning brought me links to discussions of learning journey plans and microlearning.

By coincidence, my physical journey to the University of Canberra campus today took me past the light rail building work on Northbourne Avenue, the first signs of a station stop under construction, and this poster:

The posts that took me on my metaphorical learning journey were:

Helen discusses tinkering, sense-making and creating in her post in the context of Harold Jarche’s seek, sense, share framework. She shares her personal learning plan template. Helen’s categories in this plan are:

  • Exploration
  • Reading
  • Contribution
  • Creation
  • Reflection
  • Action

Her template is available at this link.

Sharon’s post includes this visualisation of a learning journey:

Sharon will have a template to share that will require learners to plan for four phases (prepare, acquire knowledge and skill, build memory and transfer, use over time) and six steps of their journey:

  • Notice
  • Commit
  • Learn and practice
  • Repeat and elaborate
  • Reflect and explore
  • Sustain over the long term.

Shannon’s discussion of microlearning helped me think about how I might support the learning journey with small stops on the way. Shannon sought to counter seven myths about microlearning:

  • Microlearning is time-dependent
  • Microlearning is all about video
  • Microlearning is just chunking
  • Microlearning requires technology
  • Microlearning is one-size fits all
  • Microlearning is easy-peasy to create
  • Microlearning is a fad

Canberra’s light rail will have thirteen stops on the journey in phase 1 of the project. The Canberra Metro website shares this aspiration:

Light Rail in Canberra offers an exciting opportunity to transform Canberra and deliver a truly integrated transport system, which will provide more options in how Canberrans move around, which in turn will enrich lifestyles and enhance growth.

I wonder whether some of these ideas fit learning journeys too. I particularly like the idea of transformational journeys … with very flexible timetables.

Photo Credits

Frame 11 (N J Cull, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Light rail coming poster 2018 (Spelio, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)