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

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! 

246 comments

  • Sharon, your energy comes through vividly even in a slide share! I was thankful to learn this content from you in class, and delighted that you have provided these very creative and engaging microcourses for people from around the world to experience. #movementtrumpssitting

    • Hi Audrey: Your comment made my day – thanks SO much for posting it 😀 I’m glad we got the chance to meet each other F2F in Minneapolis – very cool! The complimentary ebook is on its way … Cheers to you and yours! 🙂 Sharon

  • I attended a workshop that Sharon was featured at years ago (a Community College State Conference) and it was spectacular. She was the keynote speaker and also provided break out sessions, which were all so full that the doors were left open and people listened in the hallways. I now have a different position within the collegiate system, but still present sessions, workshops and will soon be teaching a course. I loved the micro courses! They produced a renewed enthusiasm for the learning process and instruction that is EXCITING!! Thank you Sharon!!

    • Oh my, Kathryn, what a lovely “stroll down memory lane” – and the kudos: they made my day! 😀 Thanks SO much for your comments and glad that you’ve found the micro-courses useful. The complimentary ebook will be in your in-box soon. Cheers to you and to CVCC! 🙂 Sharon

  • The “Engage The Brain” slides are super useful in a corporate environment where “boring” slides are the norm and a level of seriousness is expected. The 5 techniques are simple enough to incorporate without introducing a drastic change in presenting decks while engaging the attendees and helping them retain more information! Awesome tips. Thank you Sharon 🙂

    • And my thanks to you, Sweta, for your thoughtful and detailed comments – much appreciated! Glad you’ve found the micro-courses helpful. The complimentary ebook is on its way 🙂 Sharon

  • Demetrice Nycole Weaver

    I absolutely love “How To Teach It So They Learn It”

  • I was preparing for staff development and found your site. Thank you for the great reminders about professional learning. I am re-thinking my process thanks to Teach Adults anything in 4 steps. Looking forward to viewing your other mini-courses.

    • I’m glad you are finding the micro-courses helpful, Michele – always nice to know! The complimentary book is on its way. Cheers! 🙂 Sharon

  • I’ve been challenged to change or make something different about a yearly refresher training I will conduct. Traditionally the instruction piece of this refresher is “death by powerpoint”. I’ll avoid this pitfall by utilizing the Six Learning Principles that Trump Traditional Teaching. I’ll use Movement, I’ll get the expert students in my class talking and telling stories and make the “lecture” shorter rather then longer to avoid this .ppt pitfall I’ll otherwise encounter during the classroom portion of my training. Thanks for sharing!
    Change Anything!
    Steve

    • And my thanks to you, Steven, for your detailed and thorough summary of what you plan to do with what you learned from the micro-courses you viewed – always nice to know that the strategies are helpful 🙂 Let me know how your “refresher training” goes. The complimentary book will be in your in-box soon. Cheers! 🙂 Sharon

  • Hi, Sharon, so glad I found these micro-courses on your site! It was great to review the 6 trumps and I especially liked the tips on how run effective webinars. The consulting company I work for does webinars year round and we are always looking for ways to make them more engaging. I can’t wait to try some of your tips!

    • A belated “thank you” for your enthusiastic comments, Jason – much appreciated! Glad you’re finding the micro-courses helpful. Do check out my blog post from a couple of weeks ago titled: “Tips and Resources for Creating Interactive Webinars.” You’ll find more good info there, too. Cheers to you and best of luck with your webinars! 🙂 Sharon

  • Hi Sharon, love the 4C map and the micro-course on Concrete Practice is especially helpful, full of great tips which get you thinking about creating new forms! I am struggling with designing really active practices, especially as most of our teams are distributed it’s challenging to get beyond the “fill in the blanks” and Q&A for practice when the interaction is via videoconferencing. Perhaps you have some specific tips for that? Thank you for raising the bar on training!

    • Thank you for your detailed comments and kudos, “nilitopi” (I don’t know your “real” name – sorry). Glad you’ve found the micro-courses helpful. I will send an email with some resources for you to explore for video-conferencing and webinar-based instruction. Meanwhile, the complimentary ebook is on its way! Cheers 🙂

  • Hello Sharon. Thank you for the materials. Everything makes so much sense now! I reviewed all your micro-courses and I love them. So well explained and engaging content. My favorite was “Teaching Adults Anything”. I am looking forward to learn more from these great resources. Thanks!

    • I am so happy that you’ve found the micro-courses helpful, Montse. It’s heartening to know that they serve a practical and useful purpose for you and others. You inspire me to create more! Thank you and Happy New Year! 🙂 Sharon

  • Very informative and easy to apply

  • I really enjoyed the Presenting Death by Powerpoint course. In my organization, powerpoint is a crucial communication tool and all too often we see the boring presentations without life. I will definitely take some of these ideas back to the group!

    • A belated “thank-you” for your kind comments, Amanda. Glad you found the PowerPoint presentation helpful. The complimentary ebook is on its way. Happy New Year! 🙂 Sharon

  • Hi Sharon,

    The 4Cs and 6 Trumps have literally transformed my training and coaching practice overnight. Before TBR, I never really gave much thought to the neuroscience behind learning, engagement, and retention. But now that I’ve experienced it for myself, I’ve completely refactored my training classes and workshops with these techniques and concepts in mind. I’ve always enjoyed teaching and interacting with my learners, but these tools and concepts have really inspired and expanded my thinking in class design and delivery. I can’t tell you enough how much more fun and engaging my classes are now. THANK YOU!

    • Greetings and Happy New Year, Mark! And a big thanks, not only for your detailed and enthusiastic comments, but also for your patience in waiting for this reply. I’ll send a longer reply via email – and your complimentary book will be on its way to you, as well. Your comments were much appreciated! Happy 2018 to you and yours 🙂 Sharon

  • These were interesting. A great way for learners to improve theirs skills without relying on an instructor, (in the physical sense).

    • Thanks Rod – I agree that this is a great way for learners to improve their skills without having to rely on an instructor – in the physical sense 😉 Sharon

  • I was going to watch three but guess what? I wanted more great tips so I have now viewed five. I am very excited about the 5 tips to make webinars interactive. I will definitely make use of the chat box and stop and encourage a stretch on the webinar I am preparing to conduct at the end of August. Oh and you can bet I will use images and contrast in the PowerPoint. Thank you.

    • Thank you, Jennifer, for your detailed and enthusiastic comments 🙂 Glad you’ve found the micro-courses helpful – please do let me know how your August webinar goes. Cheers! 🙂 Sharon

  • 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

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