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809 Flipping Talking Head Video: Making eLearning Active

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM Friday, October 31


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The heart of many eLearning solutions is a video presentation. A recorded lecture, voiceover PowerPoint, or training video transfers information in a scalable, anytime, anywhere manner. They are also often passive, isolating, and dull. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouses have over 500 hosts working in almost a hundred restaurants around the world. How do you teach such a disbursed group the meaning of hospitality that makes the Ruth’s Chris experience unique? Training videos were not working.

In this session participants will explore a case study showcasing an instructional method that flips the use of traditional talking head training videos. You will learn how this method, based on research funded by the National Science Foundation, asks learners to record themselves roleplaying a response to a typical scenario. You will discuss how learners then review a sample of their peer’s submissions, and only then are they shown the training video. You will discover that when watched after the self-practice and peer review steps, the training video is significantly more engaging for the learner who is now primed to engage with its content.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to deliver asynchronous roleplay exercises
  • How to turn training videos into active learning
  • How to share best practices among a disbursed group of learners
  • How to motivate learning in a large, distributed group

Intermediate designers, developers, project managers, managers, and directors with a basic understanding of eLearning design and some experience crafting roleplay exercises.

Technology discussed in this session:

Karl Okamoto



Karl Okamoto is the co-founder of ApprenNet. He is also professor of law and director of the business and entrepreneurship law program at Drexel University. A nationally recognized expert in practical skills training, Karl created LawMeets, a series of live and online simulations for teaching lawyering skills. Karl taught the first MOOC for law students and is a frequent speaker on learning technology.

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