Free Micro-Courses

Created by Sharon Bowman, these micro-courses are short, image-rich, 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 Viewing Full Screen Slides on a Computer: 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 Viewing on a Cell Phone or Tablet: Click on the title link of the Micro-Course. It will take you to SlideShare.net where you will be able to advance the slides by swiping to the left. 

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!

How to Design Great Training: Begin with the End  in Mind

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! 

341 comments

  • I have been teaching for many years but always curious to learn more – especially about engaging the people I teach… I ordered your book last week and can’t wait to get started to “train from the back of the room”
    I like these micro courses – in particular the part with concrete practices and the action planning. Thank you for sharing your knowledge 🙂

    • Belated thanks to you, Jette, for your thoughtful comments. Glad you like the micro-courses – yes, the concrete practices and action planning are important pieces of all learning, even in virtual learning. Cheers! 🙂 Sharon

  • Hello Sharon,
    Went through the concrete practice course – lot of leanings from me – I use practice component every time in my trainings – but didn’t thought of collaboration – I’ll from now on –

  • Tomorrow I will be giving my first webinar. I will use the 5 tips: 1. Begin with a fast pass. 2. Use 10 minute rule. 3 Build in body breaks. 4 Use quick writes 5. end with an action plan. Thank you so much for these tips!

    • Hi, Evelien! Please see the email I just sent you with two digital gifts for you. And my apologies for the response delay. Cheers to you and yours! Sharon

  • Thanks infinite for this content. I was preparing a new training when I came to this page, and the magic came true. Now my training is becoming something interesting, fun and where I feel that everyone who takes it can learn much more and better. Thank you .
    Patricia

    • A belated but heartfelt thank you for your kind comments, Patricia. Two digital gifts have been sent via email to you. Cheers to you and yours! Sharon

  • Just started to give some online webinars. But how to prevent that participants are doing something else? Your slides about ‘interactive webinars’ are more than useful for me. Thanks a lot!

    • Thanks SO much for your kind comments, Mireille, and my apologies for this delayed response. Two digital gifts have been sent your way via email. Cheers to you and yours! Sharon

  • Preventing Death by PPT was great for ideas to refresh my presentations and minimize boredom among participants. I really like the quick & easy access of these micro-courses. Thank you!

    • Glad you found the micro-course helpful, Sarah, and a (very) belated thanks back for your kind comments. Two digital gifts are on their way to you via email. Cheers! Sharon

  • Fantastic micro-course Sharon! 🙂
    It is packed with great content and exercises!!

  • I have seen – Use Concrete Practice When Training – There are so many awesome ways of engaging people & making learning stick. I have also attended the TBR Course and got many useful tools in my trainer toolbag which will help me deliver better content in future. Also planning to get into trainer course so looking forward to it. Thanks TBR Team & Sharon.

  • Thank-you Sharon for the slides on the importance of concrete practice in the slides entitled teach it so they Learn it. This for me, is sometimes the trickiest part of facilitation when I don’t know the participants well enough. the triad teach backs and the sculpt it strategies are two that I am going to use the next time I facilitate.

    Thank-you

    • Thank you for your kind comments, Lia – much appreciated! I agree with you that concrete practice is one of the most challenging parts of facilitating learning (it certainly is for me!). Cheers! 🙂

  • Emanuel Edwan de Lima

    Hello Sharon,

    I attended his mini course “Gearing Up for Bloom’s! An Introduction to Higher Order Thinking Skills”. I already knew Bloom’s taxonomy, but the way you presented it and the chain of knowledge gave me new insights.
    I’m writing from Manaus, in the middle of the Amazon forest, and thanks to the Internet we have access to high quality material like the ones you have made available.

    • A very belated but very heartfelt “thank you” for your kind comments about my Bloom’s Micro-Course, Edwan. Manaus in the middle of the Amazon rainforest? God bless the Internet!!! That is a miracle, my friend, that my content could reach such exotic places on our lovely little planet! Thank you for letting me know where you live 😀

  • The 6 trumps are a good guiding factor while structuring the sessions – in addition, many of the activities used while explaining the 6 trumps could also be used though not necessarily in the same order . Thanks.

  • Hi Sharon – I love that you provide practical examples in your micro-courses. In the How to Map Your Instruction, I came up with a few new activities to try at my next session (ie – In pairs/triads learners to a 1 min discussion on what they already know about the topic) and the importance of putting the Connections activity BEFORE the welcome. In “When they DO it” micro-course, I learned the importance of having all learners practice the skill. In the past, I’ve done a few activities where 5-6 people do the activity and others watch and debrief. I think a more effective approach going forward will be for me to ensure my activities include everyone as active participants. Lastly, I loved learning about Bloom and the importance of designing activities that deepen a learners ability to retain information through using HOTS skills. Thank you for sharing so much of your learnings and teachings with us!

    • A very belated but very heartfelt “thank you” for your detailed comments about my Micro-Courses, Kerri – I appreciated your thoughtfulness and attention to detail – very informative! 🙂

  • The 5 ways to create interactive slides micro-course provided some very valuable information I can’t wait to implement these simple tips into my next presentation.

  • I found the 5 Tips for Interactive Webinars most useful. I will use all 5 tips in a webinar that I’m planning to deliver next month.

  • Thank you so much for the easy-to-follow, interactive, and fun webinar you conducted last week on brain-based presenting, on behalf of HRDQ-U. Many of the facilitation techniques you mentioned were certainly familiar but it was wonderful to better understand the brain-based principles behind them: the WHYs behind the HOWs. I have sent you a short summary by email of the excellent examples of the techniques I noticed during the webinar.

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