Bamboo’s Commitment to Online Learning
- Use video, and encourage others to as well! During this time of social distancing, video conferencing can bring people together and make the distance not feel so lonely. Create a culture in your classroom or organization where the camera is turned on throughout the whole session. We like Zoom at Bamboo Strategic Media. There is even a free version!
- Plan your facilitation ahead of time. Bueller, Bueller…Ever had that moment when you ask an audience a question and no one speaks up? Try planning a poll or bring other technology into your conference so you can get people engaged. Hint: It also keeps them listening to your content instead of checking their email at the same time! Try free tools like Meeting Pulse to create icebreakers or show the audience how the group answered your question. Meeting Pulse is free for some limited features!
- Create a Community of Inquiry. For Asynchronous Online Learning (where learners will complete the activities and content on their own time), try using a discussion board to prompt learner engagement and get them talking. It helps to provide some points for their participation. The most successful online courses are designed on the foundation of a Community of Inquiry (COI). A community of inquiry is defined as a group of learners who collaboratively construct meaning of concepts and ideas using meaningful discussion(Garrison, 2011). Many teachers and trainers believe that online learning will require a lot more work from them. When you use a COI model, the students will learn from each other just as much as they learn from you, which can reduce the burden of grading that is often associated with teaching an online course. The Community of Inquiry model balances the teacher presence with cognitive presence and social presence. Here are a couple of suggested tools if your LMS does not have a discussion board.
- Create learning objectives. Learning objectives are statements that define the expected goal of a curriculum, course, lesson or activity in terms of demonstrable skills or knowledge that will be acquired by a student as a result of instruction. Try thinking about it from the learner’s perspective… ”What’s in it for me?” Create objectives that will help them do their job better, not just shovel information at them. Not sure where to get started? Check out this free resource for helping you explore and brainstorm what it is that you want the student to get out of the course or module.
Garrison DR. E-Learning in the 21st Century. London, England: Routledge; 2011