"Often times, tips for engaging learners in corporate online learning include external features and novel delivery methods. These range from using animations, “real-life” scenarios, game-design, leaderboards, and badges. But with learners actually spending more time learning and developing themselves outside of the corporate learning infrastructure, knowing what is appealing for them could have us directing our efforts and attention in a more focused approach that leads to greater engagement, activity and—more importantly—results.
Here are some tips based on learner preferences that could give you the results that you are seeking."
The face of education is steadily changing. Where it was once restricted to only the classroom or the odd homeschooling instance, the classroom has officially expanded its borders and has not only entered the age of the internet, but has brought new opportunities to students who would have otherwise gone without or experienced substandard education…
"Social learning has been in existence for ages now. Inherently, man’s basic desire is to observe, learn, and share. Today, social learning is more defined to the extent of being perceived as a formal concept. Leveraging the existing social learning platforms has promoted the culture of learning. Hence, the future of social learning at the workplace lies in continuous social communication and collaboration via personal and technology-enabled methods. A Learning Management System (LMS) can achieve desired results if it has the following five features:"
When using advanced eLearning authoring tools we are sometimes tempted to follow a mechanistic approach to designing feedback. It is easy to use templates or just to copy and paste automatic feedback comments in quizzes.
However, we should remember that proper feedback can be a very influential mechanism with an ability to improve people’s competencies. To use the full power and potential of feedback in eLearning we need to spend much more time on designing it and just forget about doing simplified work on it.
Video conferencing is a wonderful technology that has helped change the way both business and personal communication is conducted. It not only provides a more personal, intimate way to communicate compared to a phone call, but thanks to additional services like document sharing and multi-point capabilities, the technology is by far the most effective and productive way to conduct important meetings outside of actually being face-to-face. But its effectiveness is so close to what a face-to-face meeting can give that it completely negates the need to travel to any sort of in-person meeting. Video conferencing isn’t just a useful tool for businesses and personal use, it’s also a wonderful tool teachers can use to enhance a student’s learning experience in the classroom, whether that classroom is in an elementary school, middle school, high school, or university.
If you are aiming at creating an effective and engaging course, you need to focus on one main aspect: Relevance. Prior to developing the online course, you need to ask yourself whether the course is relevant to your learners. Does the course offer what learners are looking for? Right from designing the GUI to presenting the content, every element you include should address the issue of relevancy."
"When students enroll in MOOCs, they almost always watch a series of video lectures. But just watching videos — without also engaging interactively — is an ineffective way to learn, according to a study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University."
Evaluating Online Teaching is not so much a how-to guide as it as a roadmap, guiding the reader through the complexities of creating or overhauling a faculty evaluation process. The book places heavy emphasis on contextual factors and is filled with real-world examples. Evaluating Online Teaching is a must-read for distance learning administrators tasked with faculty evaluations.
What is possible in a learning environment today? One idea you might want to explore is Connected Learning. "CLA is on our short list of thought leaders that help push us to think about how education is changing in a modern world, which is why we’ve shared some of their models in the past, including their iconic Connected Learning model. Recently, we also discovered that they’ve shared the design principles of that model, along with a description of each."
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