The COVID-19 pandemic has forced English language teachers worldwide to create synchronous and asynchronous student-centred learning environments. The recent change in the educational landscape and advances in technology have prompted the use of bite-sized chunks of educational input known as microlearning experiences. Microlearning is not a new concept, but the increase in mobile learning by English learners and the influx of mobile applications for English language learning has spurred interest in its pedagogical potential.

The adoption of microlearning requires teachers to rethink traditional ways of delivering course content. Microlearning embraces learning formats such as pdfs, podcasts, infographics, videos, augmented reality, and chatbots that allow the delivery of short (2-to-8-minute) important messages or bursts of information. These bite-sized chunks focus on a single idea (e.g. a specific grammar point) to reduce the risk of cognitive overload during learning activities and enable better retention. English language teachers in formal and informal education environments will benefit from exploring the possibilities of microlearning to motivate and engage learners.

This talk would provide strategies, tools, and best practices for incorporating microlearning optimized for online and blended teaching and learning. It aimed to help teachers create and deliver microlearning mechanisms that were optimized for online and blended learning.

(length: 35:58)

Outline of this Sharing Session: Microlearning Activities to Enhance Online and Blended Teaching and Learning

Presenter: Dr Lucas Kohnke


00:00 – 02:13


02:14 – 03:16


Part 1: What is microlearning

03:17 – 06:08

What is microlearning? (Mentimeter activity)

06:09 – 07:16

Why use microlearning?

07:17 – 08:29

How to use microlearning?

08:30 – 10:05

Example 1: why mobile microlearning works

10:06 – 11:43

Example 2: textbook or training manual

11:44 – 13:01

Why does microlearning work?

Part 2: Practical strategies

13:02 – 15:14

How do we start with microlearning?

Part 3: Tools or apps for microlearning

15:15 – 18:55

Which app is best for learning? (Mentimeter activity)

18:56 – 20:52

EdApp – creating all-in-one micro lessons

20:53 – 23:19

ThingLink – creating augment images, videos and virtual tours with hotspots

23:20 – 27:30

Example: teacher-made microlearning activities

27:31 – 28:35

Canva – creating infographics online

28:36 – 30:51

Book Creator – creating digital books

30:52 – 31:41

Other tools and apps

31:42 – 32:44

Tips for using microlearning

32:45 – 34:32 – creating digital worksheets


34:33 – 35:24

Can I check students’ answers on

35:25 – 36:05

Are these apps free?

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