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Engaging Learners: A Guide To Successfully Designing Engaging Learning

Participating as learners during a popular industry conference nearly two years ago, Tracy King and I listened as a speaker shared with us the principles of learner engagement – what it is, why do it and how to teach it. The problem? We didn’t agree with her understanding of the word, both in theory and in practice.

So, leave it to us to do something about it. As a result of that experience, we launched an industry survey, hosted interviews with well-regarded thought leaders and conducted our own learning research. All of that data was then analyzed and formatted into this free Engaging Learners eBook.

We hope you’ll find value in downloading and sharing this resource with your colleagues, education committee members, subject matter experts, speakers and other learning stakeholders in your organization.

Contained in this eBook you’ll find a number of important tools and discussions:

  • The business case for learner engagement – why you and your organization should even care about this topic.
  • What learner engagement is not. We found very compelling evidence in our research to suggest that ours was not an isolated experience – rather, many speakers hold misconceptions when it comes to learner engagement. We believe it’s important to first point out what learner engagement is not, so we can clear the path for what learner engagement is.
  • A new definition of engagement focused on three distinct features: active partnership between speakers and learners; the personalization of content to help illuminate relevancy for learners; and the application of new ideas, resulting in behavior change.
  • How engagement works, including a robust and shareable learning design resource that outlines the tips and traps associated with 11 pro moves.
  • Key takeaways, including a quick start guide comprising 10 ideas intended to help your organization build a framework that better supports quality instructional design and, in turn, learner engagement.
  • A curated list of websites and publications to help you further explore learner engagement should you wish to know more about this expansive topic.

So whether you’re ready to initiate this conversation prior to, during or after the holiday season, please accept this newly launched eBook as our holiday gift to you. Born out of our own frustrations, we hope this comprehensive, but approachable resource will help you and your speakers better engage learners in 2018.

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