Microcredentials for the teachers,
badges for the kids, guild ranks for the teens.
All learning is microlearning,
whether educators use it or not.
Learning requires focus. Focus needs a goal. Progress is one step at a time. Badges mark the steps. Teachers don't have time to manage all those badges. Computers do have the time.
Microlearning and skill sets
- We sometimes gather learning into skill sets
- Where a skill set enables a person to do a particular task.
- We sometimes recognize a demonstrated skill set:
- Microcredentials, badges, guild ranks
- Such recognition usually has specific criteria for a valid demonstration.
- The criteria could provide guidance in goal-setting.
- But only if students and parents are informed about them.
- The criteria should be used for guidance in formulating learning objectives.
- Since the objective of learning a skill set is to be able use the skills.
- (Much of gamification is the application of long established principles of behavioral psycology.)
Gamification recognizes microlearning
- Gamification and microlearning
- Gamification & Microlearning: The perfect combination
- Scholarly articles for gamification and microlearning
Schools use microlearning if...
- ...they award microcredentials, badges, or guild ranks.
- They always award grades or advancement at the end of a semester.
- But there is nothing micro about a semester.
It is all about reinforcement
- Immediate reinforcement
- Schedules Of Reinforcement
- Reinforcement. feedback, recognition, reward
Is this for students or teachers?
- Why assume the or?
- Both are supposed to be learning.
- Anyone who is learning should have the microcredential option.
- Teachers really need it because they have limited time to learn.
- Students really need it because it is part of learning-how-to-learn (chunking)
- Because we can, with the aid of computer managed instruction.
- Don't think just questions and answers.
- Computers are no longer restricted to typing.
- We can create virtual worlds that simulate the environment where the skill applies.
- We can tell students to do things that exercise the skill.
- We can record when they do it, how accurately they do it, and how long it takes them.
- The computer can tell them how well they did and where they need improvement.
- The computer can tell when they meet the criteria for a badge and record the award.
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