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Case Study: Engaging Learners in the Synchronous Distance Environment

By Kim Bahr & Rebecca Bodrero

To accomplish more with fewer resources, many organizations are turning from costly traditional face-to-face (F2F) training to alternate methods, such as self-paced eLearning and distance learning. Distance learning is beneficial for various learning events, such as semester-long academic courses, which are often asynchronous, and shorter events, such as Webinars, which are typically synchronous. Although asynchronous methods, where learners interact with content and each other on individual timetables, can provide significant advantages, some learning experiences warrant synchronous real-time human interaction.  Engaging synchronous distance learning can provide the economy of distributed learning while retaining the human element of F2F environments. In this article, we summarize the techniques we used to convert a four-day F2F course to a synchronous distance format, highlighting design considerations, successes, and best practices.

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  1. January 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm

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