How To Engage Passive Learners In eLearning

By Christopher Pappas

In this article, I’ll share some tips on how you can create eLearning deliverables that turn even the most passive learners into engaged, excited, and motivated ones who achieve profound change thanks to your eLearning course. Read the following tips to engage passive learners in eLearning converting your eLearning course into a memorable experience.

When it comes right down to it, there are two distinct types of learners. On the one hand, there are those learners who seize every opportunity to soak up knowledge and use this knowledge to improve their lives in some way. They actively attend every eLearning event, online presentation and assessment, because they are well aware of the fact that, by this way, they can expand their professional or personal skills.

On the other hand, there are passive learners. Although these individuals acquire the information, they don’t eager to apply it in the world outside the virtual classroom. They might pass every assessment with flying colors and complete every eLearning activity, but they aren’t planning on changing behaviors or using their newly found knowledge to improve any aspect of their lives.

So, is it possible to design eLearning deliverables that engage passive learners in eLearning and help them to achieve all of the benefits that the eLearning experience can offer? Of course it is. Here are some tips to follow.

  1. Encourage online peer collaboration.
    As human beings, we enjoy sharing our personal experienceswith others and learning from the insights and expertise of our peers. By sharing our skills and knowledge, we gain self-confidence and feel as though we are useful and productive members of the group. Likewise, learning from our peers offers us the chance to expand our comprehension in a fun,interactive and social way. One of the most effective ways to engage your passive learners in eLearning is to encourage them to reach out to their peers and participate in online collaboration activities. For example, you may ask them to create a video presentation based on the subject matter or even encourage them to contact peers on LinkedIn or othersocial media sites to ask questions about a specific topic.
  2. Find out what motivates them.
    Each learner has a source of motivation, even passive ones. As eLearning professionals, it’s our job to find out what that motivation is and use it to our advantage when creating memorable and engaging eLearning experiences. Research your audience to find out what they expect to receive from the eLearning course and why they have chosen to participate. Learn as much as possible about their goals and objectives and what opportunities they hope to get from completing the eLearning course. In other words, by finding out what they really like, you can tap into their inspiration and get them excited about the learning process.
  3. Give them control over their personal eLearning experience.
    Learners want control over their personal eLearning experience. They want to be able to learn at their own pace and absorb the information on their own terms, without having to keep up with their peers or being guided through the entire process. Let them choose from a menu of topics or ask them to select what module they will complete next. Give them access to supplementary eLearning materials, such as videos and articles, they can use to expand their understanding when it’s most convenient for them. Knowing that eLearning is “mandatory” will disengage them and convert them to passive learners in eLearning, so give them some sense of control in order to generate that all-important interest and excitement.
  4. Make it visually compelling!
    This is a general rule for all learners, particularly important when passive learners are concerned. Most people don’t want to sit through lengthy modules or read through an abundance of text. All of these things will simply bore or frustrate them rather than motivate them to actively participate. As such, you will want to include plenty of visually compelling images and graphics that catch their eye and grab their attention. For example, if you are trying to give them a step-by-step walkthrough of how to troubleshoot a work-related problem, why not skip the text, and design a detailed slideshow that outlines the process. This also helps to avoid cognitive overload and makes potentially complicated ideas easier to understand and memorize.
  5. Use stories and scenarios to make it personal.
    One of the primary reasons why passive learners in eLearning are passive is that they cannot connect with the subject matter on a personal level. They are not able to see how it will help them in the real world or how the subject matter can be applied outside of the virtual learning environment. Therefore, creating a connection is the key. You have to tie the content into their own interests or address challenges that they face in their everyday lives. Stories and scenarios are effective ways to accomplish this, as they make the eLearning course emotionally-driven, relevant, and interactive. Passive learners are given the power to see how the eLearning contentis going to apply in real world situations and improve their lives.
  6. Develop an eLearning culture.
    Learners need to feel as if they are part of an eLearning culture where knowledge expansion and skill set development are encouraged. Rather than just going through the learning activities and completing the eLearning course and still not truly getting anything from it, passive learners in eLearning must be made aware of the fact that applying knowledge is just as important as acquiring it. This can be accomplished by putting a reward system in place that praises and acknowledges those who are using the newly acquired knowledge, even if it is something as simple as having a leaderboard or other type of points system for those who are performing well.

Use these eLearning tips to get every passive learner of your audience fully engaged and immersed in your eLearning course in order to offer each one of them knowledge they can apply in the real world through an unforgettable eLearning experience.

Want to learn more about how to engage and inspire adult learners in the eLearning process? Read the article 11 Tips To Engage And Inspire Adult Learners to get more ideas about how to do so, as well as about how to overcome obstacles you may face with adult audiences.

Free Technology for Teachers: Seven Free Online Whiteboard Tools for Teachers and Students

This afternoon through the Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page I received a request for some free whiteboard apps. All of the following seven tools can be used to draw and type on a whiteboard in your browser. With the exception of PixiClip all of these tools can be used collaboratively for brainstorming sessions. While PixiClip doesn’t allow for collaboration it does have a voice-over capability.

Sketchlot is a free collaborative whiteboard service that works on any device that has a web browser. I tested it on my MacBook, my iPad, and my Android tablet. Sketchlot is designed for teacher and student use. Teachers create their own accounts and then inside that account they can create a list of students. Each student is assigned his or her own password to use to join a drawing shared by his or her teacher. Teachers can create as many drawings as they like and share them on an individual basis. Teachers can share their drawings to one or all of their students at a time. Students can create their own sketches to share back to their teachers through Sketchlot.

Aww App is a simple browser-based application for creating drawings. To get started just go to and click on «start drawing.»  To invite people to collaborate on your drawing just send them the link assigned to your drawing board and they can join in the drawing fun. Aww App will work in the browser on your laptop, Chromebook, Android tablet, and iPad. If you would like to use Aww App on your classroom or school website and you have familiarity with editing the code of your site, you can install Aww App for free.

PixiClip is a great new tool tool for creating, narrating, and sharing drawings. PixiClip provides a whiteboard space on which you can draw, upload images to mark-up, and type. While adding elements to your PixiClip whiteboard you can talk and or record a video of yourself talking. In fact, you can’t use the whiteboard without at least recording your voice at the same time. Recordings can be shared via social media and or embedded into your blog posts. PixiClip does not require you to create an account in order to use the service. However, if you want to save your recording to re-visit and edit you will need to create an account. Accounts are free and take less than thirty seconds to create.

Stoodle is an online whiteboard service supported in part by the CK-12 Foundation. Through Stoodle you can quickly create a collaborative whiteboard space. On your whiteboard you can type, draw, and upload images. You can connect Stoodle to your computer’s microphone and talk your collaborators while drawing, typing, or sharing images. Stoodle does not require you to create an account. To create a Stoodle whiteboard space just click «launch a classroom,» name your room, and share the URL assigned to your room.

Draw It Live is a nice little website that offers a free space for you to instantly create a collaborative whiteboard to use with anyone you like. To use Draw It Live just go to the site, click the «collaborative whiteboard» link, enter any nickname you want, then start drawing. You can invite people to draw with you by sending them the url assigned to your whiteboard. Draw It Live provides a chat box that you can use to talk to your collaborators about what each of you is doing on the screen.

FlockDraw is a simple service that allows people to quickly and easily collaborate on the creation of a drawing. To use FlockDraw simply visit the site, click the «start drawing» button, and start drawing. To invite other people to draw with you, just send them the url assigned to your drawing board. What’s really neat is that anyone who visits the url after the drawing has started will see all of the drawing motions they missed unfold in front of them. You can embed your FlockDraw drawings into a website.

Realtime Board is a nice tool for hosting online, collaborative brainstorming sessions. I’ve featured the service a couple of times since its launch last fall. The service allows to work with any information and visual content on one board individually or with the team. You can draw, work with images, post videos, post and mark PDFs, write notes, and comment on materials through the use of colorful post-it stickers. Realtime Board supports importing files from your Google Drive account. Realtime Board offers a free education version. The education version provides schools with all of the features of the Pro version for free. That means you can create unlimited private and public boards, have an unlimited number of collaborators, and 3GB of storage space.

by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: Seven Free Online Whiteboard Tools for Teachers and Students.

Video and Screencasting Apps for Learning

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Video and screencasting apps can help teachers develop their own tutorials for students (similar to Khan academy) or can be used so students can make their own

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20 τρόποι να χρησιμοποιήσετε το Edmodo

Edmodo - Summary

Το Edmodo είναι μια πολύ καλή εκπαιδευτική πλατφόρμα που λειτουργεί με ασφάλεια σε κλειστό περιβάλλον και με μέλη που ορίζει ο δάσκαλος. Το χρησιμοποιώ κάθε χρόνο.


Τα παιδιά μέσα από το Edmodo, έχουν τη δυνατότητα να ενημερωθούν για τα μαθήματα της επόμενης μέρας ή για το χρονοδιάγραμμα μιας εργασίας σε βάθος χρόνου, να μιλήσουν, να συνεργαστούν για την εκπόνηση διάφορων εργασιών, να δημοσιεύσουν τις απορίες τους, τα αστεία τους, τα τραγούδια τους, και τέλος να ανταλλάξουν υλικό για τις εργασίες τους και να ανατρέξουν στην ψηφιακή βιβλιοθήκη (που είναι οργανωμένη από το δάσκαλο)  και να μελετήσουν το βοήθημα που τους έχει υποδείξει ο δάσκαλος για τη συγκεκριμένη εργασία (πολύ καλό εργαλείο το Edmodo για όσους θέλουν να εφαρμόσουν την αντίστροφη τάξη σε κάποια μαθήματα), κλπ. Λειτουργεί δηλαδή σαν το Facebook.

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Ο δάσκαλος από την πλευρά του, έχει τη δυνατότητα, να χρησιμοποιήσει το planner του Edmodo, κάτι δηλαδή σαν μηνιαίο πλάνο, που τα παιδιά με μια ματιά μπορούν να γνωρίζουν τι έχουν για την επόμενη μέρα (μεγάλη η αξία του για τα παιδιά που λείπουν και για τους γονείς που γνωρίζουν ανά πάσα στιγμή τι μαθήματα έχουν τα παιδιά τους). Επίσης μέσα από το Edmodo  μπορεί να αναθέσει εργασίες οι οποίες μπορούν (εφόσον γίνονται σε ηλεκτρονική μορφή, .doc .ppt κλπ) να παραδοθούν από τα παιδιά μέσα από το σύστημα και ο δάσκαλος να γνωρίζει πότε κατατέθηκε η κάθε εργασία και να τη βαθμολογεί online, ή να επιβραβεύσει κάποιο παιδί με κάποιο παράσημο. Μπορεί να ελέγχει από τον υπολογιστή του ή από την αντίστοιχη εφαρμογή για smartphone οποιαδήποτε στιγμή ποιος και πότε μπαίνει στο Edmodo και τι λέει με το άλλο παιδί (τα παιδιά δεν έχουν τη δυνατότητα να συνομιλούν μεταξύ τους. Όλα δημοσιεύονται στην κεντρική σελίδα του Edmodo, μόνο ο δάσκαλος έχει τέτοια δυνατότητα, να συνομιλεί με ένα παιδί ή τους γονείς του). Μπορεί να χωρίζει τα παιδιά σε ομάδες εργασίας ώστε οι συνομιλίες τους να μην μπερδεύονται με τις συνομιλίες άλλης ομάδας, μπορεί να τους βάλει κάποιο quiz μέσα από αυτό, κλπ.

Όσο θα το ψάχνετε, τόσο θα ανακαλύπτετε τις χάρες του. Οι υπεύθυνοι της πλατφόρμας αυτής, από την άλλη πλευρά εργάζονται συνεχώς για τη βελτίωση της ποσότητας και της ποιότητας των παροχών τους.