In the world of collaborative learning, setting the stage for meaningful interactions is a critical part of the equation. When learners can engage with each other effectively, they can provide more overall value to one another. As a result, learning outcomes typically improve, creating a stronger ROI and boosting ongoing productivity and capabilities.
Often, it seems like there is little organizations can do to enhance the quality of interactions between collaborative learners. However, that isn’t actually the case. By establishing presence, it’s possible to create an environment where collaborative learning thrives. If you’re wondering how presence can make a difference – and what you need to do to integrate it into your collaborative learning experiences – here’s what you need to know.
Establishing Presence to Boost Collaborative Learning
In the simplest sense, presence is created by bringing learners together under the notion of a shared purpose or goal. When everyone is on the same page, it cultivates a sense of comradery. Often, that leads each participant to focus on being supportive of the others. In turn, information flows freely, all while maintaining a sense of excitement in regard to the experience.
Essentially, presence can cultivate an ideal learning environment when properly introduced to the equation. While it may seem challenging on the surface, it’s often far easier than organizations expect.
In most cases, the first step in the equation is to designate a space where collaborative learners can gather and create their own community. Whether physical or digital, this central location serves as a hub, bringing all of the participants together.
When you’re choosing a space, make sure that accessibility is a top priority. Without high accessibility, learners won’t engage as often. Ensure it’s addressed in a “physical” sense by making it convenient to access.
Additionally, consider what learners with different needs may require in regard to the content. For example, providing transcripts or captions for pre-recorded or live videos could be essential if any learners have hearing-related difficulties. Having text descriptions accompanying images can help those with right-related challenges.
Second, learners need a clear goal to pursue. Precisely what that objective is will vary depending on the purpose of the experience. In some cases, it may concentrate on knowledge sharing in regard to a particular topic. In others, it might include building a specific skill or improving a particular performance metric.
For a goal to be effective, it must be highly focused. Choosing a measurable objective is also ideal, as that can help learners measure their progress and identify the point of success.
Ultimately, when all of the above is brought together, you can establish presence. In turn, learners may have more meaningful interactions, improving the learning experience overall.
Are You Ready to Create Collaborative Learning Opportunities That Lead to More Meaningful Interactions?
At Clarity, we have over 30 years of experience in L&D, giving us the knowledge and expertise to create collaborative learning experiences that lead to more meaningful interactions. Plus, if you’re trying to expand your internal L&D team, Clarity can be your candidate search ally, connecting you with top talent right when you need them.
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