Using a New Learning Model to Flip ZOOM and Rev-up Group Learning

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As everyone transitioned to working remotely, we all became very familiar with web conferencing platforms like Zoom and WebEx. We also discovered how much energy it takes to be on camera for hours and hours every day between meetings, project teams, and training.

Many learning and development (L&D) specialists are rediscovering distance learning techniques including the “Flipped Learning” model. The basis of this model is to use time outside of the live, or synchronous, class to introduce new materials ranging from text, videos, and interactive lessons and to allow the individual to take this content at their pace and on their schedule in advance of the next synchronous class session. The time in the live, synchronous, class is used to begin the deeper dive into the content focusing on group exercises, small group interactions, and group discussions where the time is spent with each other, engaging in conversations and working together to synthesize information and solve problems.

As we work and learn remotely, the ability to utilize group time effectively and efficiently is vital. Instead of having the contact with content be lectures via Zoom, this model allows changes to how people are introduced to instruction and creates a process that allows learners to interact with instructors and peers to practice, apply, and synthesize the content in the context of their mutual working experience.

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Centered on “The Four Pillars,” a flipped learning experience includes:

Flexible environment to allow a range of learning modes and times to participate in the process.
Learning culture that is learner-centric and the learner is actively engaged.
Intentional content that is purposeful and planned for the learner to explore so time together is most effective.
Professional educator who guides, facilitates, and provides support to the learning community.

Strategies for Effective LearningUsing the “Six Strategies for Effective Learning” of spaced practice, retrieval practice, elaboration, interleaving, concrete examples, and dual coding gives the opportunity to create a robust learning experience that provides individuals flexibility and focused interactions is high. Using these design models provides time spent online synchronously Zoom’ing for collaboration, creating connections, and working together to gain clarity and a deeper understanding of the content in the shared experiences of the peer group. This also creates a higher level of responsibility and accountability with the focus on the learning being on the participant while the instructor finds new opportunities to provide guidance and remediation.

Promoting interaction when together while providing flexibility when working alone means time spent is invested where it matters and can engage your team to actively participate in their learning experience.

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Bill Ryan

William J. Ryan, Ph.D. is the Principal Consultant with Ryan Consulting, LLC using learning as a strategic business tool to develop and impact people to improve retention, engagement, and performance.

Bill has a demonstrated record of corporate and industrial management experience leading performance support and instructional design teams globally including government (Dept. of Energy), high technology (IBM & Westinghouse), and health-related industries including home health care and insurance (Humana).

Recent clients include Delta Faucet with a comprehensive talent staffing and development plan, Blue Circle Leadership developing a blended online program in leadership development, developing an implementation strategy for a Hiring for Competency model used by the National Retail Services, a state initiative focused on workforce development helping businesses retain and develop employees.

He is actively working with a clinical start-up focused on improved neonatal techniques for clinicians across the country and on a blended leadership and coaching program for a multi-state manufacturing concern.

Bill holds a M.S. from Ithaca College focused on Instructional Design, and a Ph.D. in Computing Technology in Education from Nova Southeastern University.

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