Sharon’s Micro-Courses

Micro-courses are very short, image-rich, and interactive slide presentations about a specific topic. In each micro-course, you are directed to do certain tasks so that you will be able to remember the content longer than if you just read the slides. And each micro-course will give you dozens of ways of using the information in your own classes and with your own teaching and training topics.

Instructions for Full Screen Slides: Click on the small slanted arrow (bottom right of the slide screen) and use your left/right arrow keys (or the arrow icons) to advance the slides. Click on the “escape” key to exit full screen mode.

Instructions for Copying/Embedding the Micro-Courses: Click on the white arrow in the bottom left corner of the slide screen to copy the link or embed the presentation in a website or blog. Under the Creative Commons license, you are allowed to download and share the slide presentations as long as you cite the source and do not print, sell, nor alter them in any fashion.

For a Complimentary E-Book: Scroll to the bottom of the micro-courses to find out how to receive the little gem of a book “Presenting With Pizzazz!”

When They DO It, They’ve GOT It! How to Use Concrete Practice When Training 

Gearing Up for Bloom’s! An Introduction to Higher Order Thinking Skills

Preventing Death by PowerPoint!

For more free PowerPoint tips, click on the button below:

4 PowerPoint Tips You MUST Know Before Making Your Next Presentation

How to Design Great Training: Begin with the End  in Mind

Movement Trumps Sitting

For a Complimentary E-Book “Presenting with Pizzazz!” – View one of the micro-courses above, then leave a comment about it below (at the bottom of this column). Your comment might be a short summary of the slide presentation, how you plan to use what you’ve learned, or your opinion about or reaction to the slide presentation. The little ebook is filled with quick activities to engage your learners right from the start and will be sent to you via email, once your comment has been approved and posted (usually within a day or two). Thanks, in advance, for commenting on a micro-course! 

218 comments

  • Hi – I have just viewed Interactive Webinars and it’s REALLY GOOD! Sorry about the capitals – they are meant to show surprise not shouting. I really thought that a few minutes of a course would result in nothing. However I’ve picked up so much from this teensy course, I feel more prepared to go and create a webinar now. Thank you.

    • Dear “Blogologist” – Your comment made my day 🙂 I’m SO GLAD (enthusiasm back!) that you found the micro-course helpful – that’s what they are for. Thanks for writing – the complimentary ebook will be on its way shortly. Cheers! 🙂 Sharon

  • Fantastic resources. Will definitely use your tips next time I create a powerpoint!

    • So glad you’ve found the resources helpful, Kerry. I did receive your comment and the complimentary ebook is on its way to you. Enjoy! 🙂 Sharon

  • These are such helpful resources! I have referred to your book, “The Ten Minute Trainer,” so many times, it’s dog-eared, marked-up and has post-its sprouting out in all directions. I just watched, “When They Do it, They’ve Got It,” and am taking bits and pieces of this away to use. I am so grateful for the information you share and the resources available on your website. Thanks so much for making me a better trainer.

    • Your comment made my day, Cheryl 🙂 I’m so happy that you’ve found the micro-courses and the books helpful – and nice to know about the dog-eared copy of TMT that you have – put a smile on my face! 🙂 Sharon

  • Thank you for providing these great resources! I got so many good ideas from “When they do it, they’ve got it!” I had the opportunity to meet and work with Marcia Jackson last week at an ATD certificate class.

    • I’m glad you’ve gotten helpful ideas from the micro-courses, Tangie. And Marcia is one of my best friends so I’m doubly-glad that you were able to meet and work with her at the ATD class – yay! 🙂

  • I was drawn to the webinar course because I find them to be challenging. There seems to be an inherent “digital wall” between the “teacher” and “learner.” Unable to rely on body language and eye contact, I find that I’m talking to the screen, not to people. Plus, I find many folks multitask during webinars. I’m constantly looking for good ideas to have highly engaging webinars. Thank you, Sharon!

    • Yes, webinars are a totally different “ballgame” as far as teaching/training goes. You are SO right Julie, in that the only two tools you have at your command are your voice and the computer screen (no body, no eye contact, no human energy to play off of). So you truly have to put all of your own personality into your voice and to make the screen (and virtual activities) as interesting as possible. Thanks for your insights! 🙂 Sharon

  • We are looking to expand our use of technology-based learning, using virtual classrooms, webinars, and more. The 5 Tips for Interactive Webinars has great suggestions for keeping participants engaged and learning. I’m looking forward to trying them out on our next event.

    • I’m glad you’ve found the micro-course on interactive webinars helpful, Nancy. Do let me know how your next webinar event goes … Cheers! 🙂 Sharon

  • Attended the Training from the back of the room several months ago and it was great. Great to have a place to come back and get a micro-class to refresh the memory of what some of the things we covered were. I manage 6 designers and we are working on the mechanics of how to write performance objectives. The slide on the lower to higher order is a great tool to show new designers to try to help them understand the importance of design.
    Looking forward to reading pizzazz

    • Hi TJ: Glad you found the Bloom’s micro-course helpful. There is also information on learning objectives in the ones titled: “How to Design Great Training – Begin with the End in Mind” and “How to Teach It So They Learn It.” the complimentary book will be on its way shortly. Cheers! 🙂 Sharon

  • I just watched the “Engage the Brain” micro-course – lots of great ideas in there for eLearning too! Thank you Sharon!

  • I looked at the 5 Tips for Interactive Webinars. It never occurred to me to build in body breaks! I am going to try that next time. Looking forward to the e-book for more great tips!

    • Yes, body breaks are SO simple and easy to build in to any class or training – thanks for your comment, Denise! The little ebook is on its way 🙂

  • I am preparing for my CST (Certified Scrum Trainer) and have gone through the “death by PowerPoint” and it has changed a lot of my thought process in terms of how to make learning interactive. Thanks Sharon!

    • Glad you’ve found the PowerPoint micro-course helpful, Vijay. And best of luck on your upcoming CST certification exam! Do let me know how it goes … Cheers! 🙂 Sharon

  • So far I’ve taken two micro courses and, like appetizers, they make me hungry for more. I can’t wait to attend a full training session!

    • Hi Kelle: Thank you for the “appetizer” metaphor – really a good one for the micro-courses! And glad we connected via phone – hope you can attend one of the future TBR classes 🙂

  • Wow I just learned so much in a short space of time. Shows how effective the sessions are. I was recommended Sharon’s work by trainers who ran a course I attended last week. I can now recognise the techniques they used and why they were effective for that particular topic. I cannot wait to redesign our training course using what I learned. (I started with concrete practice, moved on to engage the brain, but will continue to watch and learn). Thank you

    • Your detailed comment and kind kudos made my day, Carolyn! 🙂 So glad you are finding the micro-courses helpful. Feel free to share them with others, and do check out the articles and other slide presentations and videos under “Free Stuff” on my website. Cheers! Sharon

  • Preventing Death by PowerPoint was a good demonstration of some simple concepts to make presentations more impactful. I’ll share the technique with my colleagues of not handing out the hardcopy beforehand. Providing a link afterwards not only helps keep the learner more engaged during the session but saves $$ and a few trees as well. 🙂

    • Hi Bruce: Thanks so much for your detailed response to the micro-course. Glad you got some useful concepts from it. Let’s hear it for saving trees! Cheers! 🙂 Sharon

  • “A picture can say 1,000 words” is a motto I believe in, especially now after viewing “Preventing Death by Power Point”. Often times when designing material, it is difficult to find pictures to use that fit into the context of what is being taught. This intro to your material was very well done and I am eager to learn more!

    • Hi Mandy: My apologies for the delay in responding to your kind comment – was traveling/training for awhile and now playing catch-up. I’m happy that you found the micro-course on PowerPoint useful. Yes, I totally agree: It’s challenging to find pictures that fit the concepts being taught. We all just have to persevere and remind ourselves about the power of images … Cheers! 🙂 Sharon

  • “Engage the Brain” is exactly what I needed to help with my ppt presentations. I often find that my students start to zone out during my lectures and presentations. This will definitely help make it more interactive. My students love random trivia so I plan to add that to my ppts. Thanks!

    • Hi Cindy: I’m glad you’ve found this micro-course helpful in working with your students – yes, it will definitely make any lecture more interactive! 🙂

  • thanks for the great powerpoint slide presentation on how to teach so they learn it. I will definitely be implementing some of your strategies. especially having them take more interactive notes and most importantly being active and doing something every 10 minutes. thanks Sharon!

  • Like the body breaks presented in “Movement Trumps Sitting”, will apply to myself and learn my students to practice. Still puzzled by the frequency. this requires a strict design of course! Lot of 10mn in a day 🙂

    • Yes, it DOES require a strict design of your course! And yes, there are LOTS of 10-minute segments in a day! And yes, it CAN be done! Please do look at the other micro-courses, as well as free articles, on my website to discover how to design/deliver any content in brain-based ways that use “The Ten-Minute Rule.” 🙂

  • “How to Map Your Instruction in 4 Steps” = GAMECHANGER. I have been a classroom trainer for 10 years and I’ve typically designed my own content and struggled mightily with it. I knew pieces were missing, but could never understand where I was falling short. I have recently been tasked with developing a train the trainer for a bunch of engineers and have been immersing myself in your 4C’s concepts and I can’t believe how quickly content is coming together!! I usually procrastinate and drag my feet developing content because I don’t feel like I’m doing it effectively. But this framework is brilliant and gives me enough freedom to choose what suits me and my participants best, but gives me a solid framework so I can design effective learning. THANK YOU!!!

    • Oh my, Kathy, what a lovely DETAILED comment to read – made my day! 🙂 Thanks so much for the kudos and I’m glad that you’ve found the 4Cs design/delivery model helpful in your work. I agree: it’s a solid framework for designing effective learning. Again, thanks for sharing your story 🙂

  • Six trumps is a great start on thinking how to improve learning!

  • Preventing Death By PowerPoint was terrific and just what I needed. I use a company-provided side deck for a particular presentation and have been asking for quite some time to redesign the deck. I think your micro-course slide desk will be just the answer. I plan to share this in hope of being given the “go ahead” to do a redesign. Thanks so much.

    • Hi Jolene: Thanks for the kind comments. Do let me know how it goes with your company’s redesign go-ahead – I totally understand about the need to redesign “traditional” slide decks! Good luck! 🙂 Sharon

  • I found the Brain-Based Presenting Micro-course very informing. I picked up many useful tools such as Quick Writes and sit, stretch and think that will be incorporated into my class.

    • Hi Sarita: I’m glad you found the webinar helpful. Please do respond to the Pop Quiz Homework question (i.e. “How were the brain-based elements of novelty, contrast, meaning, and emotion used to get – and keep – YOUR attention during the webinar?”) Looking forward to your reply … Sharon

  • 5 Tips for Interactive Webinars – 5 great recommendations!! I hate the “glazed over” look during training. I love how to include the learner in documenting how they are going to use what they have learned. All 5 were great ideas I will use in my training.

    • Thanks for your comment, Chrissy. I’m glad you’ve found the micro-course on interactive webinars helpful. I too, hate the “glazed over” look from learners – fortunately, that seldom happens anymore! The complimentary ebook will be in your in-box soon 🙂 Sharon

  • I just watched, actually participated in your 6 trumps, very effective, and “walking the talk” I will go now and watch the others. I hadn’t heard of you or your books till my son contacted me from Pennsylvania, where he lives and works. I am heading to Amazon, right now to start my collection of your books. Training from the back of the room, is my first pick, I like the sound of it, Glad to find you, Terry

    • Terry: Thank you for your kind comment – made my day! I’ll get the complimentary book off to you right away so you won’t have to purchase that one on Amazon 🙂 Let me know how you like the other micro-courses. Cheers! Sharon

  • What great ideas! I’m loving all the micro courses and can’t wait to share them with my team – thank you!

  • I loved “Movement Trumps Sitting” micro course! It gave me some ideas of what to try with my team on our team meetings, inspired me to try it right tomorrow and encouraged me to stand up and move right now 🙂 Many many thanks, Sharon!

    • And thanks back to you, Lillia, for your enthusiastic comment! 🙂 Glad you found the micro-course on movement helpful. I know you will also like “Move. Don’t Sit Still” by Jimmy Janlen – it is posted on my Slides from SlideShare page (look under the “Free Stuff” tab). Enjoy! Sharon

  • I remember the term “Bloom’s Taxonomy” from my education courses 40 years ago, but couldn’t have told you a thing about what it means. After viewing the “Bloom’s” mini course,I’ve analyzed the content, evaluated how I’ve been using it in the classroom for almost 4 decades, and am ready to create even more exciting lessons! Looking forward to meeting you in Nashville in October!

    • What a lovely comment, Sherri! I too, studied about “Bloom’s Taxonomy” many many (did I say many?!) years ago and yet it’s just recently that I have a deeper understanding and can now apply the concepts better (especially the HOTS!). Glad to know you’ll be joining us in Nashville in October – looking forward to meeting you F2F! 🙂 Sharon

  • I’ve only watched one so far, How To Teach it So They Learn It, and am very impressed at how simple you make it seem! I look forward to watching more and hopefully see you at ATD ICE. Thanks!!

    • Thanks for your kind comment, Paula. Unfortunately, I won’t be at ATD ICE this year, but please do explore all the other free content on my website – you’ll find more than enough to keep you busy and learning! Cheers! 🙂 Sharon

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