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! 

204 comments

  • Really like the “evaluate – action plan – celebrate” trio. I’ll incorporate it in the training I’m doing in January! Might try Bingo as well …. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • I watched the 5 tips for interactive webinars. It was full of great ideas. I plan to go back and watch the others. I work with volunteers who do training from time to time. I plan to share these as optional inservice learning. Thanks ps I have had your 10 minute trainer for years. A very practical book for effective learning design.

    • Chris: I appreciate your comments and hope that your volunteers will find the micro-courses helpful, as well. And thanks, too, for your kind kudos about my book “The 10-Minute Trainer” – made my day! 🙂

  • Sharon, I’m enjoying the content in your micro-courses. So far I’ve reviewed three and plan to do more. I’ll be working with the subject matter experts that deliver some of my organization’s training next week – I plan to promote your resources to them. Thank you!

    • Thank you, Dawn, for your feedback. I hope that your subject matter experts will find the micro-courses helpful, as well. They might also enjoy the “Slides about PowerPoint” under the “Free Stuff” tab. Cheers to you and your SMEs! 🙂

  • Thanks for having these. They are a great “quick review” refresher. I’d write more buy it’s time to move:).

    • Ha! Your comment put a smile on my face, Dennis! 🙂 Tried to send the complimentary ebook your way but the email address that came with your comment is an undeliverable one (.co) so sent it to a “.com” address instead – do let me know if you received the email and ebook. Thanks!

  • These are a double your fun! Great examples of how to do online training AND training concepts! Thanks!

  • I am amazed…..this stuff even works when teaching accounting. My “rate my professor” comments are off the charts because of many of these tips.

    • And I have heard via the grapevine, Don, that you are a first-rate professor with or without these tips! (My sources are secret!) Thanks for the kind comments! 🙂

  • Thanks the the presentation with LOTS of HOTS. My brain is just blooming with ideas. I just know what a seed is, what it’s made of, how to plant it, who all it’s parts work, why I’d like to plant one and what a garden I can create. Thanks Sharon. How does your garden grow?

    • What a lovely metaphor to walk readers through the lower and higher order thinking skills: a garden! Thanks SO much, Toddio, for your comments and image-rich summary! It would make a wonderful stand-alone slide introduction to Bloom’s – better than mine, to be sure! And with your metaphor, my (mental) garden is growing nicely! 🙂

  • I just went through “How to Design Great Training: Begin with the End in Mind” and was really struck by point #3, to make sure the learners have a clear idea of how they will apply what they’ve learned. I’ll be applying that in my next course delivery, in November.

    • Hi again, Jim: Thanks for your kind comment – let me know how your November class goes. It was great hanging with you and our “Training from the BACK of the Room” group last week 🙂 Cheers! Sharon

  • I love the microlearning courses for the quick blast of ideas! I am new to the art of presenting so I am really trying to build my toolbox – these are fantastic resources! Some of my presentations are pre-prepared for me with not much room to change or elaborate and they are BORING! I am trying to figure out how I can squeak in a few of your ideas, just to add a little life to the canned presentation! Thanks so much!!!

    • I’m glad that you’ve found some of the ideas here helpful, Brooke. Just insert one of the short, quick “revisit” (review) activities into the pre-prepared materials every 10-20 minutes or so, and you’ll be on the way to making a HUGE difference with your learners – they will think you walk on water! Best of luck with your “new” presenting work! Sharon

  • How to Teach It So They Learn It – a quick, but comprehensive review of delivering the “Need to Know” in 10 minute chunks. Need to know is just that,as opposed to nice to know. You can NOT deliver all content, you must prioritize the crucial parts of your information. Also I learned a great way to obtain various graphic organizers by Googling “graphic organizers” – OMG, that is outstanding! Thank YOU!

    • Hi Nick: Thanks so much for the excellent summary of the micro-course you viewed – and I’m very happy that you found a number of graphic organizers on the Internet that you can use – yay! I appreciate your kind kudos! 🙂

  • HI Sharon, “How to Teach It so They Learn It” and some of your other micro-courses and articles have been a really useful resource for my Train the Trainer sessions. Helpful reminders for me for my own delivery, and great content to for my learners to engage with in various ways to improve their own training skills. Thanks!

    • Hi, Jacinta: I’m glad you’ve found the micro-courses and articles helpful in your own train-the-trainer programs. That’s always great to hear! 🙂

  • I found a number of valuable tips in “Engage the Brain: 5 Ways to Create Interactive Slides”. As a curriculum developer who creates trainer guides and PPT presentations for use by multiple trainers, I am excited to have new ideas for building interaction and novelty into the presentations! Thanks for your many suggestions and illustrations.

    • Hi Sara: I appreciated your detailed response to the micro-course you viewed. Yes, it’s exciting to have new ideas to try out – do let me know how they work for you and your trainers. Cheers! Sharon

  • I just viewed “How to Map Your Instruction in 4 Simple Steps” and it will serve as a great guide for me. The way you break it down into four steps is very practical and I can’t wait to try the activities. Thank you!

  • I just watched the slide presentation on How to Teach it so they learn it. I learned some very interesting facts that I can’t wait to try out in my classes to engage more students and get more participation!

  • I just viewed “How to Map Your Instruction in 4 Simple Steps” and it was a great review! I have a couple of presentations coming up, so it’s a good reminder to no simply lecture, no matter how much content I feel I have to cover. WIll definitely create my flight plans with these tools.

    • Thank you, Kate, for your enthusiastic comments regarding the micro-course you just viewed – glad it will help with your “flight plans!” Cheers! Sharon

  • Thanks for the micro-course on interactive slides. I like how all of your courses provide simple but effective techniques. You don’t have to be a tech expert to make them work!

    • Kathy: Thanks for your kind comments about the slide presentations. I’m happy that you’ve found the techniques simple but effective – good to know. Cheers! Sharon

  • thanks for the Interactive Webinar tips. Good stuff!

  • Thanks for the SixTrumps, Sharon! As a faculty member who also coordinates and presents professional development, I’ve used these as a “quick hit” at faculty meetings.

  • Prof Punch [Prof R Panchanadhan]

    Thanks, Sharon. A chance browsing brought me here. I find SIX TRUMPS and MOVEMENT TRUMPS SITTING meaningful enough for every teacher who wants to be different. Prof Punch

  • Love the Six Trumps. I plan to not only use the concepts in my college undergraduate course but to also teach the concepts to the students who are teacher candidates.

  • enjoyed the preventing death by powerpoint micro course. Really illustrated how much impact you can make in a short, well-planned, interactive presentation.

  • Hi I look forward to meeting you later this week (FYI Wednesday: Sunny, high 86 low 59). We have interesting students here, although they are not always interested- especially the voluntold ones.

    • Well, Tom, what a lovely day we shared together, along with the other Expeditionary Center instructors – great group! Thanks for your comment (and weather report) – so glad we connected! Complimentary ebook is on its way! Sharon

  • Gearing Up for Blooms’s was very informative. I especially loved the verbs for learning tasks. This is helpful in creating learning objectives or activities. Thank you for offering these on your website!

  • I love them all. The Movement Trumps Sitting will be great for the Profession Development course I am writing. Movement makes the time go by fast. I attended your class last year at the Train the Trainer Seminar. I used some your tips in all of my training classes The Preventing Death by Lecture has been my go to book for most of them.

    • How kind of you to reconnect, Toia, and to let me know how you are using what you’ve learned on my website and from my books and last year’s seminar. Thanks so much for sharing! Cheers! Sharon

  • 6 Trumps was simple and powerful. Easy information to use in teaching in school, church or civic organizations. Thanks for clarity.

  • I like them all! Today, however, I watched “Begin With the End in Mind”. I’m right in the middle of completing preparation for a Training Boot Camp Week and happy to realize that I have been using some of these training ideas and concepts but gained more insight with regard to the take-away… That is Making sure each learner can make good use of the material taught – step 3. thanks for this!

    • I’m glad that you find all the micro-courses helpful, Peggy. Do let me know how the Training Boot Camp Week went – smashing, I’m sure! Thanks for your kind comments – cheers! Sharon

  • I really loved the “verbs” for LOTS and HOTS in the Higher Order Thinking course. These are immensely helpful when creating activities. I can’t wait to read your books (just ordered from Amazon) and improving my skills and training. Thanks!

    • I’m glad the verbs are helpful and that you will be able to use the ideas from the Bloom’s micro-course. Thanks for the kind comments, Bryan. Let me know how you like the books. Cheers! Sharon

  • Enjoyed the 6 trumps. I’m going to give them a try on a presentation I’m currently preparing for.

  • Your “Death by PP” micro course was great. There is wonderful book called the Zen of PowerPoint that also talked about these same principles but I still have a hard time convincing people that a text laden presentation is not the way to go – unless you want to put your audience to sleep? Hopefully, overtime people will start to implement more of the principles laid out in your course.

    • Thank you, Cynthia, for your thoughtful comments – I will look into the book you mentioned – had not heard of it. I think the best way to convince folks about changing how they use slides is to model it for them, which you are obviously doing – yay for you! Sharon

  • I viewed the micro-course on Preventing Death by PowerPoint. In all honesty, I had viewed it before, but it’s one of those resources that you can go back to again and again – like Star Wars Episode IV (which I have watched ~50 times in my lifetime), it just never gets old.

    And that is a testimony to Sharon’s topics. From her live instruction and the tips that she provides through these courses (including this one), she is a wealth of knowledge…and if you are an instructor, you would do well by putting her suggestions into action! I have already used some of the techniques that she teaches in my training classes, and I consistently get rave reviews! Thank you, Sharon, for making me look good! 🙂 (Seriously, thank you for sharing your passion for training in such a practical and relevant way!)

    • I apologize, John, for the delay in responding to your lovely comments – they made my day! A writer or teacher never knows when or where ideas get picked up and put to use. Thank you for letting me know – cheers to you and yours! Sharon

  • Love it!!! Have just found out about your work, Sharon, and I will be digging MUCH deeper into it! Can’t wait to read your “Presenting With Pizzazz” gift book 🙂 Thanks!!!

  • I love how the slide show I watched encouraged me to engage in the same way that I would be asking my audience to engage. I was quizzed, asked to write things down, stand up, choose multiple choice and in that way it was more memorable. It quickly proved that these methods work, on me!
    PS- Where did the graphics organizer info go? I have referred to it often and now I can’t find it. 🙁

    • Hi Jenni: Thank you for your detailed comment – I’m glad the interactive features of the slide presentation were memorable. Which one did you view? Not sure what graphic organizer you were looking for, but you can always do an Internet search for “graphic organizers” and you will find dozens of free, downloadable ones. The micro-course “How To Teach It So They Learn It” also has information about graphic organizers. Hope this helps! Sharon

      • I viewed: 5 ways to create interactive slides. For the longest time I had a tab always open on my phone from your website with sample graphic organizers on it. It was a constant reminder of how important it is to engage the brain of our learners. I will definitely Google to find more samples, it was just one of those ‘caught me off guard’ moments when the page wouldn’t load. Interestingly though, the fact that it wouldn’t load caused me to land on this page where I found new info. Thank you for all the resources!!

        • Yes, Jenni, I too have experienced many “caught-me-off-guard” moments that have led me to even better experiences! You’re welcome! Sharon

  • Sharon, I really enjoyed your Preventing Death by Powerpoint. I will definitely use your suggestions and I really enjoyed that you provided suggestions for free photo sites and free big fonts. I have been developing my Powerpoints all wrong.

    • Glad the photo sites and free big fonts were helpful, Tracy. You weren’t “wrong” – you just didn’t know and now you do! Me too! Sharon

  • Watched “Engage the Brain: 5 Ways to Create Interactive Slides.” Now I know how in make my next presentation: I can make my audience hang on to what I say : )

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