In the past year I attended a variety of instructor trainer updates and conferences on how to make learning more engaging and relevant. Real Estate instructors have struggled with this for a long time, but many have recently started to blame the introduction of smartphones, iPads and laptops into the classrooms. Some States have even made a rule that such devices cannot be introduced into the classroom if the course is approved for CE.
I’ve done a variety of online and offline classes and yes it’s a challenge to keep the learners attention, but it is possible. It requires a different paradigm and approach. My personal approach was to incorporate the use of such devices into the classroom when I can. To wonder about the classroom as I speak to hover over those who may be wondering across the vastness of the interwebs. Often I’ll find that they are researching the topic at hand, but from a different angle.
Instructors must stop thinking of themselves as the center of the educational universe. If I’m not more interesting than the learner’s email than I should let them check their email. In most cases my learners paid for this experience. They should be able to gauge how much they achieve from their investment.
What if we started to look at them not as learners, but as collaborators in the learning experience? What if we changed our view and remembered that theere is a good chance that there are other subject matter experts among those in our group?
Here is a video that is primarily targeted toward childhood academia, but certainly applies to learning for many of our agents. Especially those that are considered Generation X and Y….