Today’s learners seem to be a very distracted lot, but they alone are not to be blamed for this. Social networking sites, instant messengers, cell phones, mails, browsers or a single mouse click in a split second accesses tons of information from the World Wide Web – and all these have a key role to play in this short attention span and easy distraction of learners!
Trainers all over the world are facing this new age problem. They want to overcome it and wish to see their learners fully engaged in the learning/ training sessions meant for them. Educationalists and learning specialists are thinking of ways to combat this problem and many have come up with innovative ways, to get the learner into focus. This article presents 10 such learning design strategies, which experts believe, will help the learners to improve focus and engage better in their learning/ training sessions. Here they are:
1. Learning Objectives
Having the learning objectives clear and achievable will motivate learners to engage themselves better, with interest and enthusiasm.
2 . Overall Structure
Keeping the course structure simple and comprehensible, will help the learners see where they are heading. This would make them self-assured and confident, of crossing any hurdles in their learning/ training path.
3. Content Organization
Keeping the content logically organized, will help the learners easily accommodate new information, in their existing knowledge base.
Being aware of what the learner is already familiar with and associating the new lessons with already known facts, will help in faster learning and better information retention.
Creating engaging visuals will make the course more appealing and can hold the learner’s interest throughout the course.
Keeping the course interactive will enhance interest in the learners mind, by making them feel noticed and important.
7. Real Scenarios
Presenting realistic scenarios, which are relevant to the learning objectives, will make the course interesting and engaging for the learners.
8. Case Studies
At suitable intervals in the course, allowing the learners to watch, or listen to interesting case studies, will inspire the learners.
9. Problem Solving
Engaging the learners to frame problems related to the course concepts and asking them to provide solutions for the same, will help the learners digest new concepts easily and sharpen their problem-solving skills too.
Assessing the learners intermittently is another way of keeping them engaged. Throwing a quick quiz or puzzle at the learners and appreciating them for their sensible answers, will keep them happy and motivated.
Trainers, who can keep the above listed strategies in mind, are sure to hold the attention of their learners, while making both learning and training interesting and enjoyable for their learners and for themselves!
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