A professor is someone who talks in someone else’s sleep.
W.H. Auden 1907-1973, English Poet
In how many meeting have you seen people sending instant messages, working on another project or just checking if the email they’re waiting for has hit their inbox? Regardless of whether or not they have the time or resources to respond.
It feels rude. And yet everyone seems to be doing it.
As an educator, you want those you teach to be motivated. Ideally, reaching that state of being in the zone, where their curiosity is piqued and there’s a balance between the challenge you set out and the skills they’ve mastered.
It’s a hard enough challenge with one person, but in a classroom or workshop you’re often dealing with people with a range of capabilities and differing interests.
Supporting face-to-face teaching with learning environments on a computer, packs of information to take away, quizzes and assessments, which students can progress through at their own pace, helps to make sure what you’re teaching is being learnt. But sometimes you need a little more.
Incorporating whiteboard animation into your learning programs helps add to the variety. It doesn’t solve the problem. There’s no one easy fix, but animated doodles and stories with characters going through the problems the learner is reading about make it not only more enjoyable experience for the learner, but it invokes an emotional response.
Because what you really don’t want is to have spent all this effort teaching and then find the whole lot has been forgotten the following week.
Does really work – do the students engage with the content?
Mike teaches a wide range of business skills including health and safety, business continuity and internal procedures. He delivers his content in workshops and through e-learning programs.
“Catherine’s animations form the visual backdrops and are key elements needed to fully engage the learner in our suite of eLearning courses and give that extra ‘wow’ factor.”
Mike McDonald, Regulus (UK)
Just 20 seconds makes a difference.
Mix it up. Add a graphic, a video, or get out your guitar and do a rendition of a relevant song (can’t help you with that one but it might at least make what you’re saying more memorable).
Get in touch
If you want to know more about what I do, and how I help businesses add a little joy into their internal communications and training. Get in touch.
Send an email to kate @ happenence.co.uk