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101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner: Organizational Support

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann

May 9, 2014 10:00:00 AM

This is the sixth post in a series of eleven which will examine how to motivate the virtual learner. The first post introduces the series.

Motivation Category 5: Provide Organizational Support for the Virtual Learning Process.

One of the most difficult parts about learning at one's desk is the constant interruptions by those working around you. There is a perception that virtual learning can be interrupted - but the reality is that once a participant has been interrupted several times, retention fails and the chances that the program will be completed is dramatically lessened. If participants feel they need to work after-hours in order to complete a program, they will grow to resent the virtual classroom. One of the most important things you can do is create an organization where virtual learning is valued and considered a "Do Not Disturb" activity.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Management, Engagement, Virtual Learners, Motivation

101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner: Establish Relevance

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann

May 1, 2014 10:00:00 AM

This is the third post in a series of eleven which will examine how to motivate the virtual learner. The first post introduces the series.

Motivation Category 2: Establish Relevance for the Virtual Learner

Before requiring someone to take a course, communicate the reasons why the content is important to the individual and the organization. If the participants don't understand the relevance, they will tend to do the minimal amount necessary in order to complete the program.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom, Management, Virtual Learners

Getting Managers Engaged in Virtual & Blended Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann

Mar 12, 2014 3:02:00 PM

  • “I can’t let my manager catch me reading at my desk.”
  • “I don’t feel like I am working if I am learning outside of a classroom.”
  • “How do I stop getting interrupted for ’just one thing'? It will only take a minute?’”

I’m sure one or all three of those comments are very familiar to you. It’s a common lament.  Employees feel they are not given the time to fully participate in virtual learning from their desk; and when they try, they feel guilty or are constantly pulled away by their managers for more ‘important’ tasks.

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Topics: Blended learning, Virtual Classroom, Management, Design

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