203 B.Y.O.D.: The Engagement Abyss: Three Effective Methods to Engage Learners

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Wednesday, September 30

Instructional Design


Learner engagement can be elusive. It is difficult to grab and hold a learner’s attention with so many smartphone distractions at their desk or at their fingertips. But engagement is possible through specific techniques that command attention and engage the learner.

In this session you will learn how to engage learners and how to present content using gamification techniques such as storytelling, feedback, and competition. During this session you will simultaneously learn about engagement techniques and experience them. These techniques will help you to create more engaging instruction within your own organizations or for your clients. You’ll be able to apply these simple techniques to your learning design almost immediately.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to apply storytelling to engage learners
  • Three techniques for eliciting audience responses and summarizing content during a session (webinar or classroom)
  • How you can expand gamification beyond points, badges, and leaderboards
  • How to create an immersive learning experience with simple tools

Intermediate designers.

Technology discussed in this session:
PollEverywhere, PowerPoint.

Participant technology requirements:

Karl Kapp


Bloomsburg University

Dr. Karl Kapp has a worldwide reputation as a pioneer in the gamification of learning and instruction, having literally written the book on the topic. Karl is an expert in the convergence of learning, technology, and business. He was named one of LinkedIn's Top Voices in Education in 2017 and is the recipient of the 2019 ATD Individual Contributor Award. He works all over the world with Fortune 100 companies as well as start-up organizations helping them deliver meaningful instruction using a game-thinking approach. Karl is the author of several LinkedIn Learning courses and creator of several popular learning card games.

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