This is our first post in a series of joint blogs with Clint Smith at LearnWorks about Choosing a Learning Management(LMS) . Last year Sprout Labs and LearnWorks were involved in couple of LMS selection and management projects.
Develop clear expectations/norms around the level of participation and quality of contributions. Guide participants on what makes a good post. Be consistent and clear, include timelines and reminders. Provide support to new members, give that little extra attention. Provide guidance on where posts belong.
During a project meeting an interesting thing happened. This particular project has been in the review stage for a while. The main navigation for this online learning module is built around a map of the small town.
ELearning is not normally the first delivery mode that comes to mind when we think about developing interpersonal and soft skills. Soft skills are still seen as skills that can only be taught through face to face training.
5 General tips for facilitating (forums and live sessions)The basics
Role model the behaviour you wish others to use. Always offer an orientation process and provide support materials for using forums and live sessions. Practise and encourage active listening/reading and responding.