Hybrid attention

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Another question that  Serena Gonsalves-Fersch, FLPI and I didn’t have time to answer at the Whatfix :SCALED event last week is below:

How do you address wandering attention span in a virtual/hybrid learning scenario?


I like this question because it makes two assumptions. The first is that wandering attention spans aren’t normal. It’s been seen that extraneous cognitive load has increased over the lockdowns and Covid. Where, in the past you went to a place at a time and many of the distractions could be removed, we’re now expecting people to learn in a space that may be occupied by children, pets, domestic chores and interruptions. This post, for example, was written and edited over several hours, and involved music listening, answering the door to the postman, and washing up.

The second assumption is that the learning facilitator can control the attention of the people attending. I’d love to be able to hold people’s attention for more than 20 minutes in an online session but I know that the energy that I’d have to put in wouldn’t warrant the value that I’d expect from the participants. This is where we need to make smart and educated design choices about how we want hybrid to look like.

The next question we’ll look at will be as follows:

Can you help\walkthrough us with a Hybrid Learning plan that you have build & its learnings?

That might give a few clues as to what this creative design might look like.

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