Haven’t heard about the microlecture? The term is becoming quite popular among educators, especially those in large lecture classes. Essentially, what it boils down to is a video clip, about a minute or two in length, in which the instructor introduces the concept and summarizes the main points. This falls in line with the concept of “flipping” the classroom – changing the format of the classroom so that students complete their homework in class with instructor support after watching the lecture at home.
The microlecture format is being used by UIUC instructors, especially after CITES gave a call for microlecture proposals in 2010 – take a look at these microlecture uses and responses in two different disciplines.
Think you can use a microlecture for information literacy? Take a workshop sponsored by CITES Academic Technology Services in making screencast microlectures on July 25, from 1-3 p.m. at 23 Illini Hall. This class will help teachers in making screencasts for face-to-face, blended, or online classes. Best practices and tools will be covered, and teachers will have produced a small microlecture by the end of class. Teachers are welcome to bring a laptop or thumb drive with their own lecture content.