Zoom fatigue is a big problem when teaching online. Andrew Barry explains how it can be overcome by using async learning and breakout rooms.
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I think the mistake we've seen play out in the past with like MOOCs, that's a good example in the very early days was let's just take the lecture, let's just put a camera on that and then film it.
And then someone's going to watch that video and then we'll design some elements around that where people can discuss it and maybe some activities and exercises. Like we all know that doesn't work, right? No, one's going to sit through a 60 minute lecture, that's just put on video, you know?
So, we have to get pretty creative with how we deliver it. And the best way I've found to do that is to break out. And I talk about the why the what, the how, and the actions that you want people to take? So why is like, why are we learning this? Why is this important? How's it going to benefit you as the learner?
Then, what is all the concepts and the frameworks and the definitions that they need to know to be able to do it, the, how is how to do it. And that's where a lot of examples and analogies and all that come through, and then the action is, what should you do next? Now that you've learned this piece.
And so what I've found is what works really well is we take the why and the what and you preload your front. You pre-train. Is that your front load it with asynchronous training, through videos, audio podcasts, resources, books, blogs, blog posts, or that sort of thing. And so people go through that and then you create a sort of a deliberate, the action step in that thing is, is a deliberate reflection, right?
An opportunity for reflection. So what did you learn from watching this video? How are you going to apply it? This essay, the blog posts, whatever. And so with that class, we create these physical workbooks, which were then shipped to their employees and they would write this down. So they spend the first half of the week, watching these videos, learning the why's and the what then reflecting.
And then we would use the precious zoom time, which as we know, everyone was just completely wiped out by the end of just zoom fatigue. So we would try to limit the amount of time that they spent on it. And we would focus on the how. So then its much more facilitation. There's no lecture needed.