Let's take a look at this next series of virtual learning assumptions:
1. They are not going to be tempted to multi-task. Rather than not assume that this is happening, consider how this will be likely. What are the ways you are going to engage the group so that that becomes more important that emails that need to get cleared out of the in-box?
Different strategies you will want to explore are:
Using annotation - have people mark up the screen and annotate
Using polls - many virtual settings allow you to use polls
Using breakouts - split the group into smaller groups (think 2 - 4) and have them move to breakout and share their ideas/visions/goals around the topics you are using. Key to making these work is to provide a question for people to be in dialogue around, providing enough time for them to have the conversation, and providing clear instructions around time and what they should come back with.
2. It has to be boring! Get creative while ensuring safety in your work, There are many hands on activities people can do during the calls, including working on things real-time. One group I was working with last month created their own videos during our time together, fusing together some of the learning we had been working on.
Make a list of 5 things you can do to jazz things up.
3. You can't learn or connect without face-to-face connection - With today's multiple options for connection there are a wide variety of ways we can be building relationships with groups. From getting people to work in paired partners between formal calls, to having people stream where feasible, relationships and connection across virtual groups and teams can be as powerful as those in-person.
It takes intentional focus, and creating safety, and shared expectations to ensure that group members feel that they can bring their best self to calls.
I have got a couple more Assumptions coming for next week's Monday blog post, so please stay tuned!
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