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Mobile Learning and Microlearning
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS, UT ARLINGTON
TEACHING-FOCUSED BROWN BAG
OCTOBER 15, 2014
PEGGY SEMINGSON, PH.D.
Active Learning with a focus on millennials
Overarching Concepts: Multi-media and mobile
Your own ideas and curriculum
Reminders from Last Week
Data from PEW research suggests millennials are a
Ask students for their
Five minute Quick-write
What you should know about me as a learner….
have you tried?
Follow-up in class with dialogue
What were the
Fostering engagement and
dialogue with low-tech
▪ Break up instruction every
▪ Quick-writes (1-3 minutes)
at beginning and/or end of
▪ --current events-connect to
▪ Turn and talk (share)
▪ What else?
Optional: Put up language
prompts for dialogue
▪ To build on what you said….
▪ I believe….
▪ Based on the readings, I believe…
▪ Pen and paper
▪ Index cards
▪ Post to Blackboard designated area
▪ (assign a hashtag for your course). Something you learned.
– Twitter, e.g., #elementaryliteracy
– Try to avoid the exact name of your course
– What I learned/what stood out
– “”The muddiest point”; use as opening for next class
– What I want to learn further about and how I can do so
Other uses for
▪ Students “follow” organizations’ updates
– “International Dyslexia Organization”
– “International Reading Association”
Students follow notable people in the
field who post professionally
Who would that be in your field?
Millennials like relevance
▪ New York Times articles (some have quizzes!)
▪ Applications to real-world
▪ Collaborative learning (with guidelines)
▪ What else?
Tech-savvy and connected students:
▪ “Bring your own
tablet, laptop, etc.
▪ Can use for
hashtag, real time
Example: Supply and Demand Quiz
▪ Use a mobile device, tablet, or laptop
▪ “Bring your own device” (BYOD)
▪ Checking for understanding
▪ Multiple-choice or open-ended
▪ Variety of ways to display information
▪ User guide: http://www.polleverywhere.com/guide
Other uses for mobile tools
▪ Students put due dates into their mobile device
▪ Cloud-based note-taking tools:
– Google Docs
▪ What else?
▪ Shortened, concise content
▪ Great for busy students
▪ Advance organizer (summary of what is coming
up) on 1-page
▪ Multi-modal content
▪ Can post links in Blackboard or embed.
▪ Can make optional or required
▪ Create your own or find outside learning
Mini-podcast (30 seconds-2 minutes) on key topics
To create a podcast
▪ Soundcloud (can use free for up to three hours of
▪ “These lectures are gone
in 60 seconds” by David
Shieh, Chronicle of
Higher Education, March
▪ 1) Overviews or “microlectures” of crucial concepts
related to learning so students can review and
reinforce challenging concepts
▪ 2) Demonstrations of techniques that students will
be implementing both in their lesson plans in this
class, student teaching, and future teaching
▪ 3) Explanations of key assignments with advice for
student success on the assignment
▪ App: YouTube Capture
Video creation tool in
▪ Center for Distance Education offers training
courses in using Kaltura.
▪ How can students make their own Kaltura video?
▪ How can students create their own micr0-content
(e.g., with their mobile device?)
1. What are your thoughts?
2. How can you use mobile-compatible tools to
engage your students?
3. What can you create with multi-modal content?
4. What do you want to try, either l0w-tech or high-tech?