OK, I'll admit that I try to multi-task while participating in a webinar. I'm betting that somewhere between 95% and 99% of us do. With heavy workloads and no one watching over our shoulder, it's easy to try to get some extra work done while sitting through another dry webinar.
But once I started designing and providing webinars, my perspective changed. As I wrote about in my book "Caffeinated Learning: How to Design and Conduct Rich, Robust Professional Training" - wouldn't it be great if we didn't need caffeine to keep us awake and engaged? What if it was built into the instructional design in the first place?
The same thing holds true for webinars. If we think of them instead as "engaginars," then we should add engagement elements to the original design. By having a variety of ways to keep participants engaged, we are more likely to reduce multi-tasking and increase the learning.
Here are nine easy ways you can add some engagement to your next webinar.
What other ideas have you seen or used to keep engagement high? Share with us so that we can all become masters of "engaginars."
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Anne Beninghof is passionate about teaching and learning.
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