Changing Tack: Towards Online Learning Experiences

By June 1, 2020Blog
Changing Tack

Physical distancing forced by Covid-19 is the key driver towards fully online Learning Experience Platforms (LXP). Will your self directed Learners choose business critical content? Knowledge shared by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who have learnt how to create engaging content will most likely be consumed. It’s your responsibility to ensure that your SMEs have the best resources to provide that content. Read on to see how faculty of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay are also gearing up to rise to the challenge of online teaching and associated activities.

“It’s a big ball of thread to unravel here and now, but let’s pick up the most fundamental strand. How will your SMEs adjust to the new normal?”

Your LXP’s ability to offer dynamic content for your Learners will depend on SMEs who create it. An in-person class with an instructor was the fastest way to deliver new content. In the past face to face interactive content and courses were an option for Learners to choose. Post Covid-19 they almost certainly will not. SMEs will have to change course and exploit the online medium, both for live delivery and pre-created content. Depending on what they are communicating, eg. knowledge reuse, enterprise mentoring, lessons learned etc. they will need to develop specific skills to use different media to package and deliver content that is easily consumed online.

It’s a big ball of thread to unravel here and now but let’s pick up the most fundamental strand. How will your instructors and experts adjust to the new normal? The online approach to bring across concepts to university students and employees (both learners) have a lot in common. Let’s see how academia is adapting.

Dr. Sridhar Iyer and his team at IIT’s Educational Technology Interdisciplinary Programme  have devised a great course for their faculty and is available to the public. It helps instructors to embrace the online medium and find answers to “How do I exploit the power of the online medium and utilize it to promote effective student learning?”. 

“It’s called a “Reflection spot”. It’s a great way to break up a short video describing a concept. The break incorporates a question that provokes thinking or demands an activity.”

Here is just one of many topics that will be useful to your company. We’ve picked one related to online video used in instruction.

It’s called a “Reflection spot”. It’s a great way to break up a short video describing a concept. The break incorporates a question that provokes thinking or demands an activity. The learner responds with an answer or performs the activity. The instructor then concludes the rest of the video with a run through of typical responses and addresses them.

This course is accessible to everyone and corporations are invited to tailor it for their own use. Do write Dr. Sridhar Iyer for further information.

This first step is the fastest way to get your organization to adapt to interacting with employees without physical classrooms, workshops and one-on-one meetings. Simply getting your SMEs to watch free webinars (there are a LOT of them going on, some by good presenters) and courses (many of them free) will give them ideas and a sense of what creating engaging content requires.

There are many things you will need to work on to change your current course. But you are not alone. At kPoint, we will do our best to keep you updated with the latest improvements that are most effective for knowledge-driven organizations.

We wish you the best as you and your team move to a different way of doing things that are critical to your company’s success in these uncertain times. We would love to tell you more.

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