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Session: Designing for Engagement
Session at the ETUG Fall 2009 Workshop
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9 October 2009
Foundational learning theories recognize that getting and keeping students’ attention during learning activities is critical to effective learning. Yet, little research has been done on how to address this challenge explicitly in design processes, especially when teaching adult learners.
Denise Withers, Learning Design Specialist at the Sauder School of Business (UBC) and retired documentary filmmaker, tackles this tough topic by exploring, then building on, the combined experience of the workshop participants as facilitators of learning, as well as the latest research into engagement. Esther Hsu will assist during the session by creating a live visual overview of the presentation. Together, Denise and the participants will:
- De-bunk marketing hype about what engagement is – and isn’t.
- Explore the concept of the “gap” as the essence of engagement.
- Discover why story is one of the most powerful tools designers have for engaging learners.
- Try out some of Denise’s practical “10+1” design tips for generating and sustaining learner engagement.
An award-winning educator and designer, Denise Withers has 25 years of experience facilitating learning through higher education, corporate training, popular media and community outreach. She combines this practical expertise with a strong academic background that includes a Master of Science investigating engagement design in technology-mediated adult learning, and a Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education.
As a Learning Design Specialist at the Sauder School of Business, Denise works with faculty, students, staff and key stake-holders to enhance learner engagement and learner success through applied activity, curriculum and research design.
20:09 on 9 October 2009
For those with lots of time (and coffee), here's my thesis that came from this research:
You might also enjoy Daniel Pink's latest TED talk on the surprising science of motivation. Bottom line: external motivators only work in a very small set of situations.
I'll get more content up shortly.
17:25 on 17 October 2009
Esther Hsu is an assistant at the Learning and Technology Services at Sauder School of Business, UBC with Rob Peregoodoff and Denise Withers. She recently received her BEd. and is new to the world of learning design, engagement, and instructional design technologies.
22:28 on 21 October 2009
I wonder how many people have been searching online to buy these shoes! I have!
18:21 on 23 October 2009
Design guidelines for learner engagement …
- Create a gap between what the learner knows and desires to know.
- Design evolving challenges that match and stretch the learner’s skills.
- Ensure that the activity and information being taught is meaningful to the learner.
- Identify clear and achievable goals.
- Provide relevant opportunities for experiential learning and practice of new skills and knowledge.
- Include interactivity that is dynamic, reciprocal and offers agency to the learner.
- Offer the learner significant control over the delivery and execution of the learning experience.
- Create a safe environment that includes appropriate support, scaffolding and feedback for the learner.
- Include activities that naturally foster collaboration and social interaction.
- Eliminate distractions.
Based on Denise Withers’ graduate research thesis:
“Appreciative inquiry: designing for engagement in technology-mediated learning”. http://ir.lib.sfu.ca/handle/1892/3784
Engagement Design Guidelines by Denise Withers, MSc is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 Canada License.
14:31 on 25 October 2009