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! 

212 comments

  • Marsha McClatchy Girdlestone

    On “Movement Trumps Sitting”–BRILLIANT! I just knew this was true but didn’t know how to apply it in a …uh um…dignified manner for adults. I’m a yoga fanatic and simply cannot sit still. I’ve been plagued by the “sitting still” of education for years. I LOVE IT! Thanks very much indeed.

    • Hi Marsha: Your comment put a smile on my lips 🙂 Glad you found the slide presentation on movement helpful. Thank you for the kind comment about it being brilliant! And yes, with your being a yoga fanatic, I can certainly understand your frustration with the traditional “sit still and listen” educational paradigm – it, uh um … sucketh greatly! 🙂 Sharon

  • Hi Sharon. Your ‘Preventing Death By Powerpoint’ micro course made me chuckle as up until recently that was me!!! I have been learning the hard way but having discovered your site through Adventures in Agile meetup group I think you will make my life so much easier. Thank you!

    • Thank you, Shai, for your humorous comments – I was that way too! :-0 So I’m glad you found the PowerPoint micro-couse helpful – it’s always nice to have an easier life! 🙂 Cheers! Sharon

  • The Preventing Death by PowerPoint topic was interesting. What’s the easiest way to make a student handout that is not totally time-consuming?

    • Hi Carney: My apologies for the delay in getting back to you – have been traveling/training with limited access to email. The simple answer to your question is to hand students blank pieces of paper and have them make their own “graphic organizers” (view my micro-course “How to Teach It So They Learn It” for lots of graphic organizer ideas; you can also Google “graphic organizers” for more ideas). Hope this helps! 🙂 Sharon

  • Brigid McKittrick

    Hello Sharon! I have benefitted for a number of years now from your brain-based insights and shared them with lots of training colleagues and pointed them in the direction of your fabulous website!

    Really great that you have produced this useful micro course on Bloom and HOTS – you are right as trainers we struggle with this – I aspire to design exercises and activities utilising HOTS because often also that is what I want my learning outcomes to entail… I do struggle though to create and match accordingly!

    You refer to your excellent micro course as an “introduction” to Bloom – are you in fact telling us you are going to model and facilitate further learning and ideas on Bloom and HOTS to help trainers like me to design training activities involving HOTS?!

    • Ah, Brigid, a sequel is a great idea and one that I had not thought of (I was simply “introducing” Bloom’s to teachers/trainers who may not have heard of his taxonomy). With that said, you might consider writing a follow-up article to the micro-course which I would, most happily, post on my website 🙂 And my deepest thanks to you for your detailed comments and compliments – made my day!!! Cheers to you and yours! Sharon

  • Just great insights to a modern approach to learning – joyful und evidence-based at the time! Nice work Sharon!
    Following the “10-minute-rule” in order to keep learners “alive” is my key learning from your “movement trumps sitting” course.
    Just ordered your book “The Ten Minute Trainer” to keep up the pace 🙂 Greetings from Germany!

    • Greetings to Germany from the USA, Stephan! Thank you for your detailed comments about the micro-courses you’ve found helpful (“joyful and evidence-based” made my day!). Much appreciated! Stay in touch and let me know how you like “The Ten-Minute Trainer.” The complimentary ebook is on its way. Cheers to you in Germany! 🙂

  • I love the idea of using graphic organizers for a handout. I’ve been struggling with how best to provide a handout while not wanting to give participants a copy of the slides at the beginning of the training.

    • I agree, Stevie, that giving out a handout rather than a copy of the slides is a better way to go – glad you’ve found the graphic organizers helpful! 🙂

  • I’m excited to use these ideas-the six trumps. thank you. it will be more fun for me too.

  • Six Trumps was great! I didn’t realize that visual included so much more than photos, videos and skits. Love your website and books- they are very helpful!

  • Loved the Death by Powepoint presentation. It drove it home in a very simple way. Everyone at my company needs to see this.. lol

    • Thanks, Anne, for your comment about the PowerPoint micro-course – glad you found the slide presentation helpful! The complimentary ebook is on its way. Cheers! 🙂

  • Hilary Jacobs Hendel

    I loved the way this information was presented. I learned a great deal by going through the slides. My favorite slide show was “Beginning with the end in mind.”

    • Hi Hilary; Glad you liked the micro-courses and learned a lot from them. The one you mentioned in your comment is also one of my favorites 🙂 The complimentary ebook is on its way. Cheers! Sharon

  • Wow – what great information here, as i am starting an online workshop and my main concern was that people may wander off . Thank you so much and now I have bought all your books to further my learning too, cannot wait.

    • Thanks, Penny, for your enthusiastic comments! glad you’ve found the micro-courses so helpful – let me know how your online workshop goes. Cheers! Sharon

  • I found the “death by powerpoint” to have some really good information. I think I will definitely use the graphic orgainizers next time. Thanks for the information. I’m always looking for ways to keep my adult learners involved.

    • I agree that the graphic organizers are especially effective at keeping adult learners involved. Thanks for your comments, Darcie! Nice to know you liked the “Preventing Death by PowerPoint!” 🙂

  • 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.

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