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! 


  • 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

  • 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!” 🙂

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