Social Learning: Engaging Learners through Integrated Discussion Groups

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2012 - March 22, 2012

April Faulk

Senior Director of Learning Technology
American Bankers Association

Maureen Kenney

Senior Manager, Distance Learning
American Bankers Association

Social learning is gaining widespread popularity, especially in the use of collaboration and communication technologies. American Bankers Association has developed an instructor-led online training program that effectively integrates asynchronous discussion groups as a key component of learning. This creates a tandem training experience with the convenience and efficiencies of self-paced online training, but not at the cost of relational learning.

This case-study session will give participants an overview of ABA’s highly rated multi-week online courses that give learners access to a fully integrated learning experience comprised of readings, assignments, and tests and keeps them actively engaged in their learning through vibrant class-discussion groups. You’ll learn guidelines that you can follow to create instructor-led online courses with the ability for learners to share ideas and ask questions of their instructor and peers across the country when it best suits their schedules.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why it is important to engage the learner in an online course
  • How to effectively seed a discussion with a discussion-activity question
  • What strategies you can use to encourage learner participation in class discussions with peers and the instructor
  • How to prepare instructors to successfully moderate and manage vibrant online discussions surrounding online course activities

Audience: Intermediate designers, developers, and managers who possess basic instructional design skills.

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