F.O.R.T: Creating and Using Effective Mini Video Lessons (or Microlectures)

How can you increase your instructor presence and human touch while delivering an online course? This online course will introduce you to a successful online teaching behavior gaining traction across the online and remote learning landscape, "microlectures." Microlectures are an abbreviated format of online video, that can be integrated into your online, remote, blended, or face-to-face course. They are easy to integrate into the curriculum because they can be used in a variety of ways and are short enough to fit almost anywhere. This course will share examples and resources to help you integrate and/or create a microlecture.

Course Format:

This self-paced, online course consists of reading, viewing videos and presentations, and completing a course reflection. You will have opportunities to reflect on your own teaching practices and possibly share with others in a discussion board. This course may be taken individually or part of the entire five-course Fundamentals of Online and Remote Teaching series. To learn more about the entire series, visit our Online Courses for Educators webpage.

Learning Objectives:

  • You will review the intentional and purposeful actions that online instructors take to help students feel connected to your online course.
  • You will discuss the purpose, strategies, and promising practices of a microlecture.
  • You will analyze an example microlecture and evaluate its effectiveness.

This course is aligned with the National Standards for Quality Online Teaching (NSQ).

Delivery:  Online
Instruction:  Self-Paced
Intended Audience: K-12 teachers/instructors interested in teaching remote and/or online.
Length: You select your start date and have one month to complete this course.
Fee:  $50.00
PD Clock Hours: 5 hrs
Illinois Virtual School, through the Peoria County ROE #48, is an approved PD Provider with the Illinois State Board of Education. 
Prerequisite: None


How to Enroll in IVS-PD

  1. Log into our IVS-PD system with your IVS-PD username and password.
    Note:  If you are new to IVS-PD and do not have an account, click the Apply Now option. Creating an account is a two-part process.  Both parts must be completed before you can enroll.
  2. Request the course.
  3. Pay the course fee through the ledger. Once the course fee is paid, you will be enrolled in the course.

There is a 12-24 hour delay between the time you are enrolled in the course after paying the course fee to the time you can access the course. 

For more details and links to help guides, please visit "How to Enroll in IVS-PD"