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

  • Sharon, I watched several of the Micro Webinars and they gave me the knowledge on how, when and shy to incorporate interactive activities for an online webinar. I didn’t know about the digital graphic organizers which could be a great visual tool. Also, I forget to the students to stretch. That will be a sticky not on my computer. I look forward to more information from your book Presenting with Pizzazz. Thanks for sharing how to make learning fun.

    • Glad you found the micro-courses helpful, Lauri. Thank you for your kind comments! Two digital gifts are on their way to you via email. Cheers! Sharon

  • I reviewed the movement trumps sitting micro course. Such a common problem in the learning environment. I really liked the easy activities suggested for bringing more movement in. Thanks!

    • Glad you found the micro-course helpful, Sara – a belated thanks for your comments! Two digital gifts are on their way to you via email. Cheers! Sharon

  • Stephanie Allison

    The micro preso “Six Trumps: Six Learning Principles that Trump Traditional Teaching” was so informative in such a short presentation. My favorite is how Sharon prompts you to stop and draw the images so you can retain the information later. Before I train my next fundamentals course, I am taking time to review and revise the content so I can incorporate the Trumps as much as possible. 🙂

    • I’m so glad that you are finding the micro-courses helpful, Stephanie, and I really appreciate your kind comments. Please see the email I sent you that has the complimentary digital book as well as the Pocket Cards for 2021 attached to it. Cheers to you and yours! Sharon

  • Wow. I’ve learnt so much just by going through your micro-courses. I’m passionate about training, and feel that every time you train, you need to make a difference. Thank-you for making a difference in my life today, by giving me a new fresh perspective on training and to help me keep improving on my skills.
    I absolutely love your trumps – it is so creative and different – it caught my eye immediately – and I love how you presented it. Thank-you for sharing your knowledge and experience with us.

    • A belated thank you, Lynn, for your kind comments – just sent you an email with complimentary gifts attached and with wishes for a Happy New Year! Cheers to you and yours! Sharon

  • The Interactive Webinars micro-course was just what the doctor ordered. My symptoms were not life-threatening but they sure were aggravating to my attendees. Your use of full-screen images was literally an eye-opener. And your recommendation for exercise/stretching was almost word-for-word what my doctor said. So, thank you for the detailed yet fun prescription, Dr. Sharon!

    • My apologies for the delay in replying to your kind comments about the micro-courses, Phyllis. See the email I just sent with two complimentary gifts. Your “doctor’s orders” metaphor put a smile on my face 🙂 Cheers to you and yours! Sharon

  • “How to Map Your Instruction in 4 Steps” I’ve been a long time advocate of 4mat and the 4cs follows a similar structure. I only wish I could get others that I work with in corporate settings to ‘see the light’. It is often difficult to convince them of the merit of connection before introduction or even before content. In some ways it would be great if we could rewind to the days before PowerPoint (yes I’m prehistoric :)) when instructional design practice seemed much more robust. With PowerPoint and more recently rapid design authoring tools, everyone is a ‘designer’. The difference is that now instead of death by PowerPoint, it is death by a-thousand-click-nexts’.

    • I totally agree with you, Geraldine, that it’s “death-by-a-thousand-clicks” now, and I was dragged kicking and screaming into using PowerPoint too. The only way to help others “see the light” is to model it for them and to do that over and over again. Some will get it; some won’t. But it WILL ripple out from you to others: “When the teacher is ready, the students will come” (from “A Course in Miracles”). Best of luck on your journey! Sharon

  • Hi Sharon and the Team, I was recently participated in one of Dana Pylayeva course on Liberating Structures, where I was made aware of Training from the Back of the Room and the 4C’s by you.

    After visiting your web site and seeing all this cool stuff, I must say the Different TRUMPS Same resonated with me. Looking forward to view the remaining slides

    • A very (very!) belated reply to your kind comments, George, and I’m glad that you had a chance to attend Dana’s course – she is tops!!! Glad you’ve found my micro-courses helpful. Two digital gifts are coming your way via email, with a Happy New Year wish for you and yours! Sharon

  • I LOVED Preventing Death By PowerPoint. Interesting name, first of all. I liked the thumb up and down concept, and had to laugh when it was actually one of the techniques! The idea of not providing slides during the presentation, but afterward, was good. I think the “Take-away” for me, though was the idea of graphic organizers. I am very shove info out oriented and I am learning a lot about creativity from you. This was one of those for me. I had never heard of them, and will be exploring them more.

    • Hi Ryan: First, my apologies for the belated reply to your detailed summary of the Micro-Course. Second, you made me smile when I read some of your comments – I’m so glad to know that the Micro-Courses are helpful. Thank you for taking the time to respond. The complimentary book – along with some other free resources – are coming your way. Stay safe! 🙂 Sharon

    • Stephanie Allison

      I second the graphic organizer as my main takeaway. I am sooo going to use this in the very near future!

  • Hi Sharon, I just saw the “5 tips for interactive webinars” micro-course. I found it inspiring and with valuable information. I will certainly implement these tips to my next presentation. Thank you for sharing all these great stuff.

    • I just found your kind comments from awhile back – thank you, Violetta, and I’m glad you’ve found the micro-courses helpful. Two little digital gifts are on their way. Cheers to you and yours! Sharon

  • Just went through Movement Trumps Sitting and totally agree. I find it funny that we ‘medicate’ kids who can’t sit sit. I’m a school bus driver and sitting still on the bus is for safety, but once we arrive at the school in the morning, they get up and move around!

    Thanks for the reminder, and I love your books!

    • Hi Dennis: Thank you for your kind kudos about the micro-course – much appreciated! Ditto for the comment about my books 🙂 Agree that movement is so important, especially for kids. The complimentary ebook (and a free infographic) are on their way to your inbox – enjoy! 🙂 Sharon

  • Hi Sharon. My name is Daniel Jimenez. I search some information about some stategy to help me comunicate information to a group of people. I have an iniciative that consist in to show others employees in my job new tecnologies but I have a lot of information that i could give easily but that plan maybe will very borring if I try to them only read those material. I want to know some stategis that I can use to carry those information so more didactic because my group of people that i have to that I have to address are mostly adults.

    Can you help with some information please?

    • My apologies, Daniel, for the delay in my response to your inquiry. Please see the email I just sent you with two attached digital gifts. Cheers to you and yours! Sharon

  • I just viewed the micro course When They DO It, They’ve GOT It! How to Use Concrete Practice When Training – very informative and inspiriing. I plan to incorporate a creative reflection as concrete practice and have each table in the class use pipe cleaners and other supplies to represent a process and the roles they have just learned about. I had not considered that and i think it will be a good way to change up the parts of the brain and physical motions involved which will be welcome in a full day class.

    • A very (very!) belated thank you, Kathryn, for your detailed response to one of my micro-courses. Glad you’ve found the ideas helpful. Two digital gifts are coming your way via email. Cheers to you and yours! Sharon

  • Enjoyed learning so many of great tips and ideas! What I will start using immediately is to begin my trainings asking my particpants to do following: “Write down one sentence saying what you already know about this subject” and “Write down one thing you are looking forward to learn during this class”.

  • “Begin with the end in mind” was a great reminder to focus on outcomes in my workshops.

  • Before “Preventing Death by PowerPoint!”, I tried to put as much as possible information in slide including image, text. And I figured out why my student got bored.
    Thanks Sharon for your sharing. It helps.

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