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8 Seconds To Learner Engagement

Jamaica Glenn (Harbinger Knowledge Products, USA)
Session Information
April 23, 2015 - 4:30pm
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Best Practices
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Session Type: 
Discovery Session
Lone Star Preconvene
Session Duration: 
60 Minutes
Discovery Session 2

You can either engage your learner in the first 8 seconds or you lose them. Learn how to be a master at the former.

Extended Abstract

One of the major challenges that educators and trainers in all capacities face today is grabbing and holding learners’ attention. With the constantly dropping learner attention spans, learner engagement has become the single most important goal for all trainers and educators today. It is crucial specifically in online learning to make up for the lack of human touch. As per a research by National Center for Biotechnology Information , you have merely 8 seconds to engage your learners or else they will move on to the next thing. What can be done to make sure that learners are hooked? How can you ensure a high level of learner engagement throughout your course?

The session will draw an insight into some handy, simple and straightforward techniques and solutions to make most use of the first 8 seconds of your course for learner engagement. We will demonstrate how interactions like games, simulations and videos can be incorporated for a high and sustained level of learner engagement. The session will also focus on how learner-content interactivity can lead to increased learner engagement and enhance learner control over the content and process. There will also be an introduction to some DIY tools that can help create interactive learning objects.

In a nutshell, this is what the session will focus on:

1. Multiple techniques to grab learner attention in the first 8 seconds
2. Tools for creating interactive learning content
3. Game Based Learning to help increase learner engagement
4. Interactive videos to enhance teaching presence
5. Bite-sized learning nuggets for better engagement and recall

Lead Presenter

Jamaica Glenn is a Senior Business Development Manager at Harbinger Knowledge Products and has been representing Raptivity for the past 10 years. She is a frequent webinar host and speaker, has spoken at various conferences and industry events, and is passionate about helping organizations create interactive eLearning for their online courses.