This recent blog from Lisa Nielsen and posted at Tech and Learning shares some advice on how one can improve their online learning environments, especially as it involves socialization, community and relevancy.
Do you think these same principles apply within the corporate online learning environments as well? How can we take these ideas working in the classroom and make them work in the office space? Do you think the current workforce would accept these ideas? Are companies ready to apply social learning and networking concepts?
What works for employee training may be different than what works in the classroom. Let us know what you think!
Here is a quick summary the Five Things Students Want Their Teachers to Know about Online Learning blog by Lisa Nielson:
“Advice for Online Learning Educators
1. Socialization is important!
Teenagers value the ability to socialize and they don’t want to lose that online. Provide opportunities for students to meet, get to know each other, work together, and connect deeply in your online classes.
2. Students Want to See Each Other
Students want to have a chance to get to know their classmates just as they can in a face-to-face environment. This means seeing one another so they can put a name and a personality with a face.
3. Students Want to See Their Teacher
Students want to get to know who their teacher is. Seeing them helps. They appreciate the ability to see their teacher speaking to them.
4. Students Want You to Know Them
It is important to online students that you know who they are. Provide opportunities in their work for them to include something personal.
5. Keep it Relevant
Just like face-to-face classes, students complain that what they learn online often seems irrelevant to their lives. ”
There is more valuable information in the full piece at http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&EntryId=3574.