Learners learn best in situations where there is a give-and-take between student and teacher and even between learners, but traditional instructional methods often fail to facilitate these interactions. Interactive instruction is a conscious effort to make sure that learners have an opportunity to share their thoughts with others to facilitate active learning. It is commonly seen in K-12 schools and higher education institutions, but companies can also benefit from incorporating interactive instruction into their training programs.
If training is taking place online, you might think that interactive instruction is virtually impossible. Wrong! We are Turning, a company that has been transforming traditional learning into learning engagement since 2002. We created the e³ philosophy of equity, evidence, and engagement and then designed a learning platform called Dojo360 around it, bringing interactive instruction opportunities to all learners. Continue reading to learn more about how we can help your learners unlock their full potential.
It might seem obvious, but the ability to interact is what facilitates interactive instruction. Our platform supports live streaming, allowing learners to attend virtual classes just like they could in person. If your organization is using a hybrid learning model, Dojo360 allows virtual learners to interact with those who are physically there as well as each other. Meetings are also recorded automatically, allowing learners to go back for a quick refresher at their convenience. Giving learners control over when they learn is a great way to inspire engagement as they become personally invested in their education.
Interactive instruction can also make it easier to collect evidence to drive your decision-making. Dojo360 allows instructors to incorporate in-line quizzes into their lessons, facilitating engagement while also letting the instructor know if a learner is falling behind. Likewise, learners can provide feedback on their courses to help instructors better understand what worked well and anything that should be tweaked moving forward.
Dojo360 also helps instructors work more efficiently. PowerPoint presentations can be imported into our platform so busy instructors don’t have to waste time recreating educational tools they already have. Furthermore, our platform integrates directly into LMS and LXP systems so you can keep using the tools you trust. Every instructor also gets an easy-to-use dashboard that provides the evidence they need to deliver the best outcomes to every learner. For example, assessment scores are accessible immediately so corrective action can take place if a high school student fails their algebra test or a fresh hire doesn’t understand the significance of their employer’s mission statement.
Interactive instruction strategies come in many shapes, so you should have no problem finding a great fit for your organization. For instance, a debate format can be a great way to introduce interactive instruction in a political science course. The instructor can use our platform’s virtual whiteboard to briefly address a topic, and then students can be broken into teams to argue opposite sides of the issue. Each team can use one of our platform’s virtual meeting rooms, allowing them to discuss strategy without the other team overhearing them. Then, each team can make its case to the rest of the class.
If your organization’s R&D department is working remotely, brainstorming might be a better tactic. Brainstorming simply means that multiple people are contributing to a free flow of ideas that may turn into a solution for a problem. Shyer team members may be hesitant to contribute in such a chaotic atmosphere, but the virtual format can make it easier for them to make their voices heard. That ensures equity in the creative process, an important goal for every business. Other interactive instruction strategies you may wish to try include mentorship programs, guided discussions, and roleplay exercises.
Participation is a vital element of interactive instruction, and we’re proud to say that our platform meets or exceeds all WCAG 2.0 guidelines to provide equity to all learners. If you would like to learn more about Dojo360 or how we can leverage our expertise to help learners pursue their goals, please reach out with any questions you may have. We would be delighted to address your concerns!