Welcome to 2015 - a year when blended and virtual learning is going to continue to evolve. We are excited about the new content we are planning to explore and share.
We are especially interested in the concept of the modern virtual classroom, exploring how social and mobile BYOD technologies support blended learning, and the impact of globalization and microlearning on training design.
But just because new techniques and trends are on the horizon, that doesn't mean the foundations of blended and virtual learning should be overlooked. It's a good time to refresh our memories, or take a look at a topic we may have missed. So have a great new year, and start by taking a look back at some of the top blog posts, based on YOUR views, that we published in 2014.
You'll learn about how to overcome blended learning challenges, virtual classroom facilitation tips, and how to design for the global virtual classroom.
We will continue to publish timely blog posts addressing the top trends and challenges that we believe we all will be facing in 2015, so keep an eye out for new posts from me (Jennifer) and other industry thought leaders.
Thank you for reading these blog posts and I hope they have served as inspiration for you in your day to day work. As always, if you have a topic you would like to see me address, feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @InSyncJennifer.
Here are the Top 10 blog posts of 2014 from Body Language in the Bandwidth:
- 101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner: Rewards and Recognition - Find ways to build in opportunity for tangible rewards and recognition. Ensure participants know that the time they spend in virtual programs is recognized as a valuable contribution to their professional development.
- Designing Blended Learning with Bloom's Digital Taxonomy - At its essence, blended learning is not only about matching content to the most appropriate delivery medium, but doing it at the learning objective level. The best approach I have found to accomplish this is to use a new take on Bloom’s Taxonomy.
- Blended Learning Design Tip: Create a Course Map Like This One - The course map provides an overview of the entire blended learning curriculum and can be used as a checklist by participants to track completion of the various modules and presentations, as well as serve as an effective time management aid.
- The Pedagogy of Learning Design: Creating Learning Communities with Social Presence - Let’s have a look at how social presence guides the design and development of learning spaces where emotional expression, open communication, and group cohesion come into play!
- Virtual Classroom Tool Design Basics: A Virtual Engagement Primer - In this blog series, Virtual Classroom Tool Design Basics, we share high-level summaries of virtual classroom tools, including chat, breakout rooms, whiteboards, application sharing, synchronized web browsing, and survey and feedback tools.
- Training on the Edge: Understanding Four Generations of Workers - For the first time in modern history, we have four generations of workers in the workplace. The conflicts of these generational dynamics immediately change how we deliver learning or training to these different groups.
- 5 Facilitation Tips to Increase Engagement in Virtual Classrooms - Even the most motivated participant can "tune out" if they don’t feel engaged. There are many ways to engage participants in a virtual classroom like Adobe Connect or Webex. Here are some quick facilitation tips that you can apply in the moment to recapture that emotional commitment to the program.
- Top 10 Challenges of Blended Learning (AND Their Solutions!) -This post addresses the strategies and solutions for anticipating and minimizing the most common challenges when designing and implementing a blended learning solution, including technical, organizational, and instructional challenges.
- 10 Best Practices for Webinar Presentation Design - Presentations, as part of a larger instructional strategy, are important and valued. The problem is we often call them "TRAINING" when they are in fact NOT training. Presentations aren't meant to train, and we should take pains to position them correctly.
- 4 Keys to Designing for the Global Virtual Classroom - Focus on these four key design concepts and you will be on your way to creating your own effective global virtual classroom.