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MicroLearning Project

by Vira Gryaznova, Jun 07, 2021

For the microlearning project, I chose Draw.io (https://app.diagrams.net/), the lightweight tool for the creation of different types of diagrams. I noted from my live teaching experience that schemes and drawings, if they are appropriate, almost always enhance learner’s comprehension of course material.

 

Draw.io is widely used in the IT environment for visualizing processes and structures, so I think that it can be useful also for the creation of online learning materials (not only IT-related, as it allows to model different systems and processes and also to create fast schematic drawings for different purposes). Here is the result of my project work.

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Because of being (surprise, surprise!) an adult, I obviously appreciate the andragogy principles and find them very reasonable for my self-learning process. Especially, it concerns the usage of previous experiences (rooted in constructivism), the practical value of the learning subject, and freedom to choose the way of how to solve the problem.

My previous experiences of working with very different program tools definitely lightened my attempt to use Draw.io, which has a rather intuitive user interface. There were also several pleasant surprises, the most notable of which was the discovery of the feature of changing the overall diagram style to the sketchy one with a couple of mouse clicks.  

My biggest 'ah-ha' moment about my approach to learning was when I understand that my own natural learning style is very similar to connectivism. Usually, when I begin to learn some new domain or topic, I perform an intensive search on the Internet, find the topic experts and, if possible, follow them on social networks, join the profile communities, and then keep an eye on what’s going on while continuing my own investigations.

Of course, microlearning of Draw.io was not worth so profound immersion, but I had to google some “how-to” details for accomplishing my project.

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