Learner Engagement in the Modern Classroom

Friday, October 16, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT  
Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Jennifer Hofmann, InSync Training

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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.

It starts with language. Engagement, interaction, collaboration: These terms are often used interchangeably, and with little thought regarding what they actually mean, how they might be measured, and how they influence the learner experience and outcome. This webcast distinguishes these concepts, and provides some guidelines as to when they should be applied. Whether delivering a one-hour webinar or three-week blended curriculum, we need participants to be engaged for the program to be successful. Interaction and collaboration are the engagement techniques used to ensure this success. Learners in this webcast will gain insight into the mechanics of learner engagement and the resulting improved learner trajectories.

This session proposes a model that examines the learner experience and the impact of engagement on the learner’s success in achieving the outcomes desired by that learner and the organization. It will answer the following questions:

  • What is the modern classroom?
  • Why is engagement different in the modern classroom?
  • How can you engage learners in the modern classroom using technology and modern design?
  • How is virtual engagement measured?
  • Does engagement equal learning? What else do you need?
  • How do multicultural cohorts, a mobile workforce, and social tools affect learner engagement?


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Jennifer Hofmann
Jennifer Hofmann

InSync Training

Jennifer Hofmann, a pioneer in the field of virtual classrooms, is the president of InSync Training, a consulting firm that specializes in the design and delivery of virtual and blended learning. Featured in Forbes’s Most Powerful Women issue (June 16, 2014) as a New England Women Business Leader, she has led InSync Training to the Inc. 5000 as the 10th fastest growing education company in the United States in 2013 and the 20th fastest growing education company in 2014.

Jennifer is the author of The Synchronous Trainer’s Survival Guide: Facilitating Successful Live and Online Courses, Meetings and Events; Live and Online! Tips, Techniques, and Ready-to-Use Activities for the Virtual Classroom; and How to Design for the Live Online Classroom: Creating Great Interactive and Collaborative Training Using Web Conferencing. Additionally, she is a chapter contributor to The Handbook of Blended Learning, The AMA Handbook of E-Learning, and The ASTD Handbook for Workplace Learning Professionals. With Nanette Miner, Jennifer co-authored Tailored Learning: Designing the Blend That Fits, a book focused on taking advantage of distributed technologies to create the best blended training solution possible. Her most recent projects include a monthly online Training magazine series titled Virtually There and her newest book, Body Language in the Bandwidth—How Facilitators, Producers, Designers, and Learners Connect, Collaborate & Succeed in the Virtual Classroom. Follow Jennifer Hofmann at her blog, Body Language in the Bandwidth, at http://blog.insynctraining.com or on Twitter @InSyncJennifer.

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