Monday, November 12, 2007

How to Hold the Attention of an Orientation Audience

Orientation... does it have to be a group nap? How can an educator or HR professional keep people attentive through the dry details of a typical orientation session for new students and workers?

One solution is to use Game Show Presenter to motivate attention and reinforce key points in a fun format. Deborah Kell and Barbara Behrens of Mercer County Community College reported their experiences using Game Show Presenter for an orientation "that has them laughing, paying attention, and learning."

The two community college educators demonstrated the software in the session, "Orientation for Online Students: Fun and Games that Work!" in Nov. at the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning.