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801 Measuring Learning Engagement in the Virtual Classroom
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Thursday, October 1
L&D has always sought to understand and foster learner engagement. It is assumed that an engaged learner will achieve better outcomes than one who is not engaged, but to really know if this is true we have to be able to measure learner engagement.
In this session we'll discuss research into the construct of learner engagement, focusing on how to apply and measure various types of engagement in the virtual classroom. We'll examine a framework to address the differences in learner experiences that result from differences in virtual environments and look at the significant changes that reflect engagement such as the evolution of comments made or the development of consensus within a group discussion. Once we better understand what matters in engagement, you'll learn various approaches to use that will maintain learner engagement and motivation in the virtual classroom. Finally, you'll leave with a toolkit on how to achieve and measure meaningful engagement in the virtual classroom.
Founder and President
Jennifer Hofmann is founder and president of InSync Training. She specializes in the design and delivery of engaging, innovative, and effective modern blended learning. Jennifer has written and contributed to a number of well-received and highly-regarded books including The Synchronous Trainer's Survival Guide: Facilitating Successful Live Online Courses, Meetings, and Events and Live and Online!: Tips, Techniques, and Ready to Use Activities for the Virtual Classroom. Her latest book, Blended Learning (ATD, 2018), introduces a new instructional design model that addresses the needs of the modern workplace and modern learners.
Charles Dye is a senior executive with experience growing technology- based service companies in the eLearning industry. His primary functional expertise lies in implementations in enterprise learning, learner-centric universal design, situated cognition, training function automation, and learner community development and optimization. At InSync, his responsibilities include development of key personnel, advising on strategic implementations of eLearning systems, and professional development of technical staffs. Charles is currently engaged in doctoral research focusing on the development of skills and mastery and their contribution to organizational objectives, whether in public education, industry, or military preparedness training. He has been fortunate to work with some extraordinary leaders in industry and works to leverage his experience to afford the best outcome given a set of operational limitations.