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WESTERN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

LA PAZ, ILOILO CITY

GRADUATE SCHOOL

A REACTION PAPER

TITLE : ENGAGING NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENTS WITH


(MOBILE-COMPATIBLE) MICROLEARNING
AUTHOR : Semingson, Peggy

SOURCE : //evolution.com

Nowadays, the use of technology is rapidly sprouting


everywhere and anywhere. The use of internet has a big part
in everyday lives of people especially the young
generation. Today’s generation is more skillfull and
indulge themselves on using mobile, computer, tablet and
other high technology gadgets almost spending hours of the
day. Everybody wanted to have the latest and upgraded
gadgets and applications to go with the flow on the life of
millennial. Technology evolution changed the world and
connects lives of people in an instant that’s the reason
why the use of technology is a big deal to have it in order
to be in trend and updated with the whole situation
happening around the globe.

This technology evolution has an impact on behavioural


aspects of people especially the children because social
interactions among them is now rarely seen and normal
conversation was lost due to busy on using their gadgets.
They are losing interest on traditional way of interactions
and communication that’s why schools integrates and develop
new way of learning. Teaching demands also highly
innovative and introduce the use of computer. Then, the
microlearning approach comes in our way to give a fastest
way to encourage and retain the inputs being taught inside
the classroom, so that students will be able to focus
attention and learn in an instant.
In the University of Texas at Arlington, which is the
in the process of expanding online learning opportunities
for students, including non-traditional, diverse learners.
One approach that is useful for non-traditional students is
to make use of a relatively new concept called
microlearning.

In a certain classroom before the teacher approaches


the door for his class, students oftentimes having a hard
time doing their homework especially copying from their
classmates, chatting, playing but most of the time facing
with their cellular phone. They are addicted to all the on
line gaming and apps of their devices. You cannot see them
frequently having talk or reading their notes instead they
prefer do their work at their phones, laptops or tablets.
They are very much embracing technology for learning. As
the lecture on class goes on some are not attentive they
got boring inside the room rather than listening for the
lesson. They are not attentive and as the hours run by as
the teacher ask they won’t even retain what the teachers
lesson for the day as they leave the room for some can
retain but most are not.

The recent evolution of learning approach introduce


the microlearning consists of microcontent that is
delivered via an electronic device, including but not
limited to a mobile device, app, learning management
system, computer, and/or laptop to achieve the goal of
learning with the smaller bits of content so as not to
overwhelm the learner. It includes micropocast which
learners can access shorter (1-5 minutes) podcast to learn,
preview content, review content, and build up background
knowledge. This one way to reduce budget costs with
remedial learning, micropodcasts and other microcontent can
help requisite background knowledge for underprepared
learners.

It is advantage for children who are easily losing


their interest on the lesson. It requires only a less of
time, engage student easily and cost efficient. This will
be able them to have a time to learn wherever and whenever
they want to because they can access it using their own
mobile or computer at home. It is very important to learn
that you are not highly pressured and catchy to learn
something. The interest of the student must always on the
line to retain the inputs. Learning must have along
retention but in a single taught. This will able to catch
their attention in a short of period of time with learning
more than the traditional way approach. Through videos,
short film and application that were created for short
based quiz and activities so that they will be able to give
themselves the reality and actual application. This is the
easiest way to acquire, remember and using knowledge that
is helpful in each daily life of the students. Students can
opt in or opt out of viewing these microlearning resources.
This type of flexible learning lets learners know that
their time is valuable and that content is available but
that they are autonomous learners who can find the
information that they need to be successful in a course. It
is very obvious that this approach is accessible in any
given time and place, thus maximize the learning retention
in a way that is easy to understand and remembered.

Thus, it only makes sense to deliver micro-courses on


a device they're already choosing to use. By combining
microlearning with mobile learning, you'll get the benefits
of both (i.e. higher engagement, participation, retention
and completion rates). Learners can build their skills on
the go and even use microlearning courses as a quick
reference guide to go back to anytime, anywhere. One of the
benefits of online learning is that it’s much easier to
fill a course with visual elements instead of text-heavy
content. In microlearning, infographics, images and other
media can engage learners and help them remember
information better.

Video is one of the most effective ways to transfer


knowledge as it can cater to most learner types: visual,
aural and verbal. Add subtitles to reach the linguists who
prefer reading and make sure all learners have video
control. Some might need to pause to process information
before going any further. Most importantly, microlearning
videos need to be short otherwise learners will disengage
and disconnect. Effective microlearning courses are clear
and focused. Your choice of language should reflect that.
Replace formal, complex and long-winded thoughts with the
active voice, simple words, and a conversational tone.
These small changes make a big impact on your learners’
engagement. Students oftentimes more updated in social
media, so these means of giving and feeding information
will be used in classrooms so that everyone will be able to
broaden their minds. It is very important that they are
able to learn through applications based on real situations
that are happening around them. It is very easy to learn to
show them how rather than knowing them through verbal and
written in the books. Showing them videos how it works will
emphasize a thousand of thoughts which took hours and day
to discuss in a room. You can bring the worlds closer
through experiencing them the reality by showing them.

Submitted by:

Rhona Gigi D. Santos

March 23, 2019