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Want Your Learners To Learn, Engage Them

Today was a first for me.

Converting my most popular course, Smartphone Video Storytelling Masterclass, into a synchronous online class.

I was pleased the comments were more than encouraging.

Tips and strategies

Frequent breaks. Instead of adhering to the usual tea-breaks like a face-to-face training, I chose to have frequent short breaks.

These breaks allow us to take a stretch, look out the windows, and use the washroom. More importantly, it reduces the fatigue from staring at the computer screen for too long a period.

Since almost everyone around the world is working from home, we are likely to be staring at computer screens more than we might like to.

Too much of it could result in developing computer vision syndrome.

Breakout rooms. Zoom allows you to create breakout rooms so you can separate your learners for discussions.

This allows your learners to not only get a chance to speak to and also learn from one another.

This is called peer learning in academic parlance. Apparently, there are 10 different models of peer learning identified by researchers from the University of Ulster.

Personalization. According to Gaeta et al.:

Personalization is strictly related with the deep changes involving educational systems: the shift from a teacher-centered perspective to a learner-centered, competency oriented one.

The shift from teacher-centered to learner-centered brings about more autonomy for the learner as well as developing their competency in the specific area.

Personalization requires a lot more attention and effort on the part of the trainer. More importantly, it also requires the trainer to know the learners at a deeper level.

What are your tips and strategies to engaging your learners online?