A micro-course is a small block of content which aims to teach material in chunks or parts.
Consider a book as an entire course, a micro-course would be one chapter.
Mastery of a subject is achieved when component skills are learned, practiced, and when the learner knows when to integrate the component skills with the knowledge (Ambrose, S. A., Lovett, M., Bridges, M. W., DiPietro, M., & Norman, M. K. (2010). How learning works: Seven research-based principles for smart teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.) (Mayer, Richard E. (2002). The Promise of Educational Psychology, Vol. 2: Teaching for Meaningful Learning. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill Prentice Hall.
Elements of Mastery
Most tasks involve a combination of competencies (or skills) and knowledge. Breaking down the competencies into steps and ‘chunking’ the information enables the human brain to more easily integrate all the components and subsequently know when to apply the skills.
Take for example learning to send an email. First, consider the steps involved in sending an email (turning on the computer, logging in to the computer, etc.); the facts (the email address to which you are sending the email, the content of the email, etc.); and, skills (opening a web browser or email program, typing the body of the email, attaching a document, etc.). To send an email, you learned how to integrate all of these steps, facts and skills. At eDevLaw we breakdown the skills into chunks and design micro-courses to facilitate learning and allow learners to develop mastery of the component skills before building to the complex skill.
An eDevLaw micro-course is a short course that teaches the learner a competency, or skill. It is a course that has been designed and structured to be targeted, efficient, relevant and effective. eDevLaw micro-courses are designed based on scientifically backed research that enhance learning outcome achievement and retention.
An eDevLaw Digital Badge is a credential the learner earns after completing an eDevLaw micro-course. A digital badge is an online, visual representation of a competency earned. Digital badges may be posted on your LinkedIn profile, resume and perhaps on your firm bio. It is a great way to display credentials for learned skills to current and potential employers. While we list our education and work history on a resume, consider posting your digital badges or learned competency credentials.
A standard eDevLaw micro-course (1 hour) consists of about 4 modules. Each module contains a short video(s) (2-8 minutes in length) followed by a 4 or 5 question quiz. Learners must pass the quiz at an 80% or better pass-rate, before progressing to the next module. Upon completion of an eDevLaw micro-course the learner will earn a digital badge and CLE credit, if applicable.
eDevLaw creates quality online, competency based, customized learning experiences. We want to help legal organizations increase productivity and efficiency, to ultimately increase profitability. Our courses are targeted, relevant, efficient and use scientifically backed online teaching processes to increase the effectiveness of the learning experience.
eDevLaw micro-courses are for both lawyers and non-lawyers. We believe efficiency and productivity in legal organizations is not just about the lawyers, but rather it involves everyone, at all levels of the law firm, working at their highest potential. At eDevLaw we believe this is only possible if all employees have requisite, up-to-date knowledge and skill base to meet that goal. For example, if an administrative assistant handles travel expenses, but is trying to stay within a budget, the administrative assistant should take an eDevLaw micro-course on how to manage a budget. If Pro Se Litigants don’t understand the processes required by the courts, how to information, provided in an efficient, targeted and easy to access manner can minimize the questions and issues that can ensue. If a law firm would like the attorneys to better understand profit and loss statements or balance sheets, a customized ‘How to read a balance sheet at ABC Law Firm?’ If an association would like to provide customized training solutions for members eDevLaw can design, develop and provide courses and programs to not only attract new members, but also meet your training/education needs.
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