Wednesday, January 28, 2009

ASTD TK 2 Virtual Classroom Instruction: Strategies for Keeping Learners Engaged

Enjoyed this session although they unfortunately had the day's first technical difficulties. I don't spend a great deal of time in design of VILT so this was of limited interest. I liked their notion of giving a tour of the technology, as Anthony Allen did earlier in the day. Useful nuggets from Georgianna Marie, the GMarie Group:
  • Assign learners into small groups ahead of time
  • Conduct small group activities within these groups
  • Mix up the activities (don't rely solely on polling)
  • Mix up the timing of activities and interactions
Cool tool on the presenters website: asking effective questions, a Flash-based tool using Bloom's taxonomy to improve questioning. Worth a look.

I was also randomly called upon, first time ever in a VILT session. Behavior change on my part was to pay close attention.

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