I used Venngage (https://infograph.venngage.com/) to create an infographic about choosing a domain name for my microlearning activity. I selected Venngage specifically to learn a new tool, as I usually use Canva or Adobe Spark to create infographics.
When learning Venngage, I just jumped right in to try it. Learning by doing is an excellent example of experiential learning. Rather than follow along with the tutorial, or read the documentation, I just made my infographic. Using experiential learning, in this case, was effective because I was able to step through each mode of the experiential learning model to learn how to use the tool:
- Concrete experience: I used a Venngage template to create an infographic.
- Reflective observation: What happened when I tried to modify the template?
- Abstract conceptualization: Why did the resulting infographic look good or bad?
- Active experimentation: How can I make the resulting infographic look better?
After poking around a bit in the tool, I watched a tutorial video to help me understand the process a little better (https://youtu.be/jb1kY64ywBk). The tutorial was a great example of microlearning, giving me a brief, targeted look at the tool. It was also an excellent example of cognitivism. The video producer provided the information in manageable pieces to allow me to process new information effectively. They also appeared to be aware of Cognitive Load Theory, as they eliminated any unnecessary elements such as background music and on-screen text. The tutorial helped me fill in any gaps I had when attempting to connect my previous experience with Canva to learn Venngage.
I think I also used a bit of constructivism to learn how to use Venngage. I constructed new knowledge about using Venngage on the foundation of previous experiences with Canva and Adobe Spark.