Design of MicroLearning course of dynamic web pages’ basics in LMS with interactive code testing units

Radim Polasek

MicroLearning (ML) was identified as one of the trends that can profile e-Learning now or in near future. It is closely connected with small pieces of data, granularity, microcontent. Author already conducted two experiments, where he tested and measured impact of newly created MicroLearning courses in comparison with “classic” e-Learning courses. Experiments’ results showed promising outcomes. These ML courses were positively evaluated by students and were also created in a way that was previously appreciated in survey among larger sample of students. Chosen ML concept follows principles of memory theories. The paper describes creation of MicroLearning course “Creation of webpages”. Author focuses on design of newly created course taking into account given subject matter and creation concepts of individual ML units using among others step by step instructional design. Mentioned is the way ML learning units for this course were created, also making use of video tutorials enriched with interactions and quizzes. For ML course creation was chosen LMS Moodle with added support for interactive multimedia. This was extended with interactive code exercises “Try, Alter and Execute” (TAE) that enable students to try and even alter pre-prepared HTML codes and immediately see results. Similar solution was chosen for PHP programming language that is usually more demanding. Summarized are course design principles. Created e-Learning course combines interactive microcontent units of ML, interactive TAE exercises and common text materials. Course aims to support more active engagement of students as they can try code alterations within LMS and offer benefits of numerous quizzes.