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Enabling Virtual Learners By Design: Usable Technology

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 22, 2014 11:30:00 AM

This is the fifth post in a series of six which examines how to enable virtual learners. The first post introduces the series.

A seemingly obvious way to enable virtual learners is to provide useable and accessible technology. However, useable and accessible technology means more than just a system that operates. It requires technology that works efficiently, access to support tools, and programs that are designed to effectively use the technology. More importantly, facilitators must orient learners to the new environment.

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Topics: EdTech, Virtual Learners, Enabling Virtual Learners by Design Series

Enabling Virtual Learners By Design: Creating A Blend

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 21, 2014 1:00:00 PM
This is the fourth post in a series of six which examines how to enable virtual learners. The first post introduces the series.

In a previous post, I discussed that blended learning is not a passing fad, and implementing blended learning is key to enabling virtual learners. 

We have many options available to us when creating blended training programs. We can build self-paced programs using learning portals, websites, and e-learning. We can develop moderated discussions using social media, discussion boards and email. Finally, we can create real time events using traditional classrooms, videoconferencing, and virtual classrooms. The trick is learning what technologies to use and how to facilitate the blend.

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Topics: Blended Learning, Design, Virtual Learners, Enabling Virtual Learners by Design Series

Enabling Virtual Learners By Design: Creating Collaboration

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 20, 2014 1:00:00 PM
This is the third post in a series of six which examines how to enable virtual learners. The first post introduces the series.

A key to enabling virtual learners is to design opportunities for learners to interact and collaborate. But how do you make virtual learning a collaborative experience?

The answer sounds simple: find ways to bring participants together for social interaction or to solve a problem. Unfortunately, building collaborative exercises remains a major stumbling block for instructional designers when creating virtual or blended programs. Let's look at some techniques you can use to ensure that your virtual programs, both self-directed and live online, hit the mark.

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Topics: Design, Virtual Learners, Virtual Collaboration, Enabling Virtual Learners by Design Series

101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner: Design for Virtual Learner Success

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 16, 2014 10:00:00 AM
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This is the eleventh post in a series of eleven which will examine how to motivate the virtual learner. The first post introduces the series.

Motivation Category 10: Design for Virtual Learner Success.

Nothing succeeds like success! Give participants the opportunity to be successful and they will come back again and again. Do your best to create effective virtual learning environments, strong support systems, and well-designed programs and watch your virtual learners thrive!

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Topics: Virtual Classroom - Instructional Design, Virtual Learners, Motivation, Learner Engagement, 101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner Series

101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner: Success Stories

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 15, 2014 10:00:00 AM
Virtual Learning Success Stories

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

Motivation Category 9: Publish Success Stories.

Publishing success stories about virtual learning in your organization is a great way to reassure tentative new participants that they can be successful learning in the virtual classroom. Use those success stories to supplement your marketing effort.

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Topics: Management, Virtual Learners, Motivation, 101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner Series

101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner: Rewards and Recognition

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 14, 2014 10:00:00 AM
Rewarding Learners

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

Motivation Category 8: Provide Rewards and Recognition for Virtual Learning Participation and Success.

It feels great to answer a question correctly, and to receive positive feedback from facilitators and peers. Participants often don't expect positive reinforcement from virtual courses. Find ways to build in opportunity for tangible rewards and recognition - even for asynchronous programs. Ensure participants know that the time they spend in virtual programs is recognized as a valuable contribution to their professional development.

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Topics: Virtual Learners, Motivation, Learner Engagement, 101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner Series

101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner: Management Mandate

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 13, 2014 10:00:00 AM
Leadership and Virtual Learning

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

Motivation Category 7: Establish, and Enforce, a Management Mandate.

If potential participants know that management is behind a virtual learning initiative, they'll be more inclined to sign up. Get management involved by inviting them to record short "welcome" presentations for participants and encourage them to participate throughout the curriculum. Management buy-in can be extraordinarily helpful in getting participants involved and motivated!

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Topics: Management, Virtual Learners, Motivation, 101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner Series

101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner: Internal Marketing Plan

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 12, 2014 10:00:00 AM
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This is the seventh post in a series of eleven which will examine how to motivate the virtual learner. The first post introduces the series.

Motivation Category 6: Implement an Internal Marketing Plan to Encourage Adoption.

In our networked world, word gets around fast. Make sure the word about virtual learning is positive, and constantly being reinforced. An initial marketing burst without a continuing campaign will make your initiative seem like another passing fad. Regular news about what courses are coming up, and their importance to the organization, will help employees to understand that virtual learning is an integral part of the organization's learning culture. If virtual learning is "in," employees will demand to be part of the action.

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Topics: Virtual Learners, Motivation, Learner Engagement, 101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner Series

101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner: Assess Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 8, 2014 10:00:00 AM
What have you learned?

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

Motivation Category 4: Assess Learning

When they know they will be tested, participants are motivated to learn. Don't focus solely on assessing the live interactions and activities. Use a variety of assessment techniques before, during, and after the curriculum.

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Topics: Virtual Learners, Motivation, 101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner Series

101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner: Provide Continuous Encouragement

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on May 2, 2014 10:00:00 AM
Encouraging Virtual Learners

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

Motivation Category 3: Provide Continuous Encouragement Throughout the Entire Virtual Experience

Participants can quickly lose motivation by feeling "lost in cyberspace." Email and other communications are great, cheap, and easy ways to encourage your virtual learners. Knowing that a real person is watching out for them helps humanize the virtual environment, and motivates participants to stay engaged.

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Topics: Virtual Learners, Learner Engagement, 101 Tips to Motivate the Virtual Learner Series