What approaches do you use to deliver your online content?
If you are teaching an online course, the content you deliver was most likely created by another person, whether someone from your institution, a for-profit vendor, or an open educational resource. Perhaps you are one of the few who had the opportunity to share in the creation of the online content. Regardless, it is important to consistently showcase your instructional presence during the course. A common approach gaining traction across the online learning landscape is a term know as "microlectures." A microlecture is a concise, intense recording authored by you about one particular topic. Microlectures are short in duration, lasting only one-four minutes. Important to note, although you are generating a short video, you should still aim to incorporate active learning strategies during the video or after; or a “call-to-action” where you invite the students to apply the new knowledge gained from the video.
Why might you consider implementing microlectures inside your course?
Cognitive science indicates that learners have a limited capacity for learning, both in terms of concentration time and processing multiple channels of information, making it imperative that course content be delivered as succinctly as possible (Clark & Mayer, 2008). The microlecture format offers students the opportunity to focus on a specific concept and minimize distractors. Additional reasons for integrating microlectures may include
Multiple reasons exist to deliver a microlecture.
Below is an example microlecture. This particular microlecture was created by Nick J, @LZHSchoir. Nick is a high school music instructor and his video is a superb example of delivering a short video to demonstrate how to measure half-steps.