Is accelerated learning applicable to online learning?

Accelerated learning

So David Wallace, a friend, asked me this question, as he is familiar with my work and was wondering how the “5 Secrets of Accelerated Learning” apply to the online arena. My immediate response was “of course it does” and thought I should address this quickly while it is fresh in my mind.

So here is how the 5 secrets apply to the online arena:

  • Business focused and learner centred objectives – essential for ANY learning – if you know what the business needs then the webinar, live classroom or e-learning will meet those needs and be utilised. The objectives therefore always need to be explicit and what the learners can expect to be able to know or do by the end. This will give the learning credibility and also determine whether people invest the time to use it or they recommend it to others.
  • Be a facilitator not a trainer – Webinars can be an excuse for a trainer to talk into the ether, especially if it is a large group you are broadcasting to. (David told me that BT have run webinars with 1000’s of participants!). They may well think that interaction is difficult with such large numbers. However I believe that all it takes it  a shift in mindset to move from trainer to facilitator. Ask yourself “How could I stimulate thinking?” – an easy answer is to ask questions and to get people to use their imaginations. Use the chat boxes to capture any answers (you will need  host that can do that for you for large numbers). Send people worksheets where they can interact with the learning and put it into their own words. That way it will be stickier!
  • Look at all the various ways in which learners can learn – there is a temptation in online learning to use a small number of methods of delivery: presentation, video, audio, poll. Try to think beyond that small range and think of which methods from the “100 ways to learn” you could use.
  • Make the environment safe but visually appealing – feed our natural childlike curiosity  and entice the learners to learn together. Make your visuals quirky, curious and interesting. People are becoming immune to the “slickness” that PowerPoint provides and yearn for something different. Mix it up a little by using Prezi perhaps and some hand drawn images. You don’t have to be an artist to be able to draw some stick men or simple faces.

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If you are mainly involved in the online arena, I would love to hear your thoughts about the 5 secrets!

2 Comments
  1. Profile photo of Paul scheele
    Paul scheele 2 months ago

    Agreed! There are many ways to use AL techniques with online courses. Remember accelerative, brain-based teaching and learning is just about accelerating delivery…it is about accelerating our learners abilities to achieve a meaningful/relevant learning outcome. So, the first mindset that must shift is that online presentations are about content delivery. Unfortunately, that mindset is instructional-centric rather than learner-centric.

    Once we begin asking questions about the learner’s experience, and how we can facilitate the attainment of an outcome, then we can generate many creative options for engaging the learner using AL.
    Design Principles, Facilitation Methods, and Brain-Based Learning Environments can enhance any online course.

    To find out more, send me a note.
    Dr. Paul R. Scheele, CEO Scheele Learning Systems

  2. Profile photo of Krystyna Gadd Author
    Krystyna Gadd 2 months ago

    Thanks Paul

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