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Virtually There: Learner Engagement - Why is it Important?

Posted by Charles (Chip) Dye on May 12, 2016 12:34:33 PM

And how can we measure the effect of engagement of instructional outcomes?

Learner_Engagement_in_the_Modern_Classroom_blog_post-1.jpgIn my previous article, learner engagement was defined as turning on three factors:

  • An emotional response to the training—How does the learner “feel” about the content and its presentation/treatment?
  • An intellectual response to the training—Does the instructional experience require and involve the learner’s intellect?
  • An environmental response to the learning—Do the learners interact with the learning environment and is the environment changed because of the training?

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Topics: Engagement, Virtually There

Virtually There: Learner Engagement in the Modern Classroom

Posted by Charles (Chip) Dye on Feb 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Virtually_There_Learner_Engagement_in_the_Modern_ClassroomLearner engagement turns on three factors: an emotional response to the training; an intellectual response to the training; and an environmental response to the learning.

Engaging learners has always been a challenge. Not only has training evolved into a blended learning model, the “Modern Classroom” is influenced by multicultural cohorts, a mobile workforce, and social networking tools. Managing these influences and integrating them into a blended program requires planning, training, and understanding from all members of the training delivery team.

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Topics: Engagement, Virtually There, Modern Learning

Virtually There: 10 Ways to Immediately Influence the Modern Learning Culture

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Dec 3, 2015 11:57:35 AM

As the workplace continues to evolve, and training approaches evolve to support it, at some point it will be hard to distinguish the difference between working and learning. And that’s a good thing.

10_Ways_to_influence_modern_learning_cultureWe’ve been hearing a lot about the modern classroom environment lately. And there is no doubt that modern learners have more options about where and how they learn. We also know that today’s workplace demands training be embedded in the workflow, with minimal disruption to the daily routine.

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Topics: Virtual Teams, Collaboration, Virtual Learners, Virtually There, Modern Learning

Virtually There: Gamifying Your Virtual Classroom

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Nov 5, 2015 11:00:00 AM

GamifyThe key is to make sure you never lose sight of your learning objectives. All of your game's prompts or "missions" should be identical to real-world skills/learning objectives.

As virtual classroom design techniques evolve, it is natural for organizations to want to include the newest design trends in their programs. With the very social/collaborative nature of the virtual classroom, it’s understandable that gamification of these designs seems such a good fit.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Virtual Classroom, Facilitation, Engagement, Virtually There, Gamification

Virtually There: Developing Competencies of Virtual Classroom Facilitators

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jul 9, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Moving from the role of traditional trainer to virtual facilitator isn't easy. It takes practice and training to ensure that facilitators are virtually competent.

CompetenceTraditional classroom trainers have skills that make training sessions successful. Management of group dynamics, deliberate use of voice techniques to manage the message (including tone, pace, volume, etc.), and the ability to “read” the body language of a group or individual help to ensure that learning is taking place and program objectives are being met. A skilled trainer understands how to facilitate a conversation or activity, and make adjustments to course direction when necessary.

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Topics: Facilitation, Virtual Classroom - Facilitation, Virtually There

Virtually There: Developing Competencies of Virtual Classroom Designers

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jun 22, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Virtual instructional designers will need to participate as learners in the environment and be trained on how to use the technology to its best instructional advantage.

If you would like your virtual classes to meet, or even exceed, the quality you expect from traditional deliveries, you need to strategically think about how to prepare your team to be successful in the virtual classroom. Prior experience as a designer, facilitator, or learner in a traditional classroom does not guarantee success when moving to a virtual environment. Everyone involved in the learning process needs to acquire the skills they need to master the additional competencies required for the virtual learning environment.

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Design, Virtually There