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How To Use Learning Games To Enhance Learning Outcomes

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Gamification is the combination of game playing elements with learning material to encourage participation and engagement. The way people learn is changing; books and lectures are being replaced with interactive activities and online resources. In order to keep up with this change, many companies have adapted the use of games in order to communicate a message in a way that is relatable and memorable to their audience. Gamification uses challenges, achievements, and rewards to drive certain desirable behaviors.

Training Seminars/Recruitment

Games can be used in combination with learning material and demonstrations to provide hands-on experiential training. Many companies have also created an interactive game to aid in their recruitment process by helping locate qualified applicants through “playing” online.

Benefits of Gamification in the Work Place:

  1. Employees show higher satisfaction levels, and are more focused at work.
  2. The engaging experience provides employees with higher retention rates of information.
  3. Games create a competitive environment among co-workers that increases collaboration and higher retention of information.
  4. Gamification allows you to constantly monitor and improve performance.

Adult learning

Young adults are especially attracted to learning through games. This group of individuals has been raised in the era of technology which makes them among the most tech-savvy learners. Many instructors have applied games to their sessions to keep learners focused and interested in the presented material.

Benefits of Gamification in Education:

  1. The use of games reinforces learning concepts in a way that is easy for students to understand.
  2. Adding games to what would normally be a boring lecture can spark debate and conversation among students.
  3. Gamification appeals to the emotional, cognitive, and social needs of adult learners.
  4. Learners will develop problem-solving skills.

Tips for Using Gamification

  1. Make the game relevant. If the game is applicable to the content you are presenting, the audience will have higher retention rates and greater memory recall.
  2. Present material so that it is comprehendible. Games are a great way to simplify material so that it is easier for your audience to understand.
  3. Encourage teamwork. Teams are a great way to create a fun and competitive environment.
  4. Use a point system. Keep track of points and offer rewards to the individual/team with the highest score.
  5. Have control over the situation. Make sure that your audience doesn’t go off topic or get too consumed in the game that they fail to focus on the material being presented.
  6. Motivate players to do their best. Rewards can be a great way to provide motivation and ensure that each individual is actively participating to earn some sort of prize.
  7. And most importantly... Have fun!

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3 Tips For Creating A More Engaging Presentation

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Creating an engaging presentation, whether it’s in a team meeting or a training session, is a thought that is always prevalent with presenters. Many believe that if their topic is relevant and interesting, it will be enough to keep attendees attention for the duration of the presentation. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. The age old “I talk you listen” way of presenting has become sub-optimal for most learners. What’s needed is audience engagement and active listening.

When people are engaged in an activity, they are actively participating, thinking, sharing ideas, and discussing the topics at hand. Presenters want audience members to be active and involved throughout their entire presentation. Attendees want to participate beyond one way communication. They want to engage with the speaker, the content at hand, and each other to find out what their peers know about a particular subject. This is known as active listening and occurs when the listener is involved in more than just listening to a lecture, for instance the act of problem solving or group discussion.

Here are some tips and best practices for creating more audience engagement:

Solve Real Problems

Listeners often hope to have a question answered or a problem solved. Many are attending primarily to gain practical knowledge or understanding about specific subject matter from experts or peers in the field. This provides presenters with an opportunity to pose questions to the audience, share real world examples, and organize sub-group discussions to foster idea exchange. 

Great presenters give audience members the opportunity to look at their own real world experience along with the experience of their peers in the room. Attendees can use the information presented to come up with solutions. When presenters are able to help identify solutions, or put someone on the path to finding a solution, audience members are sure to rate the presentation as being more effective in meeting their needs.

Tip: Use case studies to help solve real world problems that attendees face in their current practice or situation. Presenting best practices in each case study will help build a bridge between the audience member and useful mastery of the subject matter.

Link New Knowledge to Old

Creating a great presentation involves an exchange between presenter and audience. If a presentation can link new knowledge to existing understanding or experience, the group will be more engaged. Audience members are listening to hear something that relates to a problem or situation they face. If a presentation can build upon the experience of those in the audience and associate that experience with new information then attendees will value the presentation and work to apply what they have learned later.

Tip: Issuing a pre-test to identify prior knowledge will allow for a more effective presentation tailored to the audience’s levels of understanding. This is a sure way to keep the audiences’ attention from the beginning of the presentation to the end and personalizing the interaction experience.

Process Information by Asking Questions

It is a well-known fact that people are engaged in a certain activity if they are actively participating in it. One way to achieve this is by asking audience members questions by using interactive participation technology such as an audience response system.

By using wireless keypads or smartphone polling, presenters are able to use interactive polling and participation to achieve a higher level of audience engagement. Typically, the audience uses wireless voting "clickers," phones, or tablets to answer questions, give feedback, and participate in surveys or assessments. An audience response system used by a knowledgeable presenter will provide attendees with an opportunity to contribute their ideas, ask questions, and communicate best practices throughout the presentation. Whether the purpose of the session is adult learning or team building, these tools result in interactive meetings that better address core business needs.

Fact: Interactive meetings are shown to improve attendee attentiveness up to 88% and increase retention as much as 27%.

The key to creating an engaging and effective presentation lies in the ability to communicate and connect with the audience. By identifying the learning needs of the audience and using interaction to leverage existing experience, presenters can boost presentation impact. Tap the knowledge of your attendees and deliver more effective talks.

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4 Great Tips For Using An ARS For Adult Learning

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Have you ever sat through a training presentation and thought that you learned more from staring out the window than from the instructor? Unfortunately, this scenario is common among adult learning presentations. 

Many face to face training presentations are not optimized to maximize relevance and impact on audiences. The typical presentation consists of one or two presenters, usually having spent large amounts of time and effort developing the instructional design and content. All too frequently, this occurs without any assessment of learner needs, the existing skills in the learning population, or the results of previous training programs on the subject.

With an audience response system, learning professionals can use the system to quickly and easily prepare questionnaires and assessments to measure learning needs, reactions, and results before, during, and after learning interventions. 

The following is a list of four ways to use an audience response system for adult learning. 

1. Pre/Post Knowledge Assessment

You can use your audience response system to ask pre-assessment questions as you get things started. This will help to draw your audience into your material and identify how much they know (or don't know) about particular topics. Depending on the results, you can spend more or less time on each concept. This will create more memorable, powerful experiences that engage your audience. 

Using an interactive response system, instructors can pose and tabulate test questions before, during, and after sessions.  This allows for adjustment to the instructional design to include remediation loops if the group is failing to grasp a particular concept.  It also provides for immediate tabulation and demonstration of results with pre-post comparisons.

2. Gamification

Gamification is the use of game playing elements to draw attendees more deeply into your presentation. Each person attending the meeting participates using audience response keypads or their own phone, computer, or tablet. Responses are tracked in real time to game questions posed by presenters. The audience response system software tabulates the data from individuals and teams and immediately displays scoreboards with comparative results.

Competition naturally encourages participation and engagement with your subject material. Develop one interactive game question for each of the most important topics in your presentation. Then, use your audience response system to play a round of the game competition every 10 to 20 minutes as your presentation unfolds. Pose two or three questions in each round and show a scoreboard with individual or team results. Your audience will enjoy the experience and attentiveness will soar.

3. Surveys

If you’ve ever wanted to know what your audience was thinking - either about a particular subject matter or if they favored or disliked a topic - your audience response system can solve this with 95% plus participation rates. In reality, your attendees are just as curious as you are about the opinions and real world experience of people in the room.

Use your ARS to poll the audience on a series of survey questions. You will be able to learn what audience members think about each topic in seconds. You can identify how often members of the audience are experiencing problems or issues related to your subject matter. You can then use your response system to foster discussions and benchmark best practice solutions from real world experience.  An audience polling system gives you a host of opportunities to tap the wisdom of the people in the room. Your attendees will engage with one another and your material more effectively. 

4.Case Studies

Incorporate real-life case study questions to stimulate critical thinking. This will help ignite the creativity of your attendees; nothing gets an audience more engaged than thinking about their own solutions to a practical problem. Using an ARS will give audience members the option to vote for the best proposed solution to the case. Certain audience response systems are even capable of utilizing a priority ranking system. They can also see how others would solve the problem. Put results on screen and ask participants to defend their selections. Discussion will expand and understanding will increase. This can be very beneficial when those in the audience participate in a technique called “peer instruction” where the audience is divided into teams of three or four people to discuss and solve the case.

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Improve Safety Training With An Audience Response System

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Effective safety procedures and related training programs can literally mean life or death to workers in many industries. It's imperative that companies have effective training programs in place that communicate safe processes and procedures as well as ensure that employees retain and use the new information and skills on the job. With a new generation of younger workers who demand more interactive learning experiences, effectiveness is harder to achieve.

Many training programs rely heavily on PowerPoint presentations. However, many face to face training presentations are not optimized to maximize relevance and impact on audiences. This drastically reduces attention span and participation among audience members. An Audience Response System, however, makes PowerPoint an interactive experience. Each session participant uses a handheld wireless keypad to respond to questions posed by the instructor. Learners become active participants rather than passive ones.

Testing and Assessment

Using an audience response system, instructors can pose and tabulate test questions before, during, and after sessions. This allows for adjustment to the instructional design to include remediation loops if the group is failing to grasp a particular concept.  It also provides for immediate tabulation and demonstration of results with pre-post comparisons.

Tackle the learning curve
When you add interactivity to a PowerPoint presentation, you change the learning paradigm. Instead of a one-way, "I talk, you listen paradigm," it becomes a participatory learning event. Interactivity can let you determine the level of understanding that people bring to the event so that you can gear the presentation to the needs of the audience. You don't need to cover the concepts that people are already familiar with, but instead you can allocate your time to teaching what the audience members need to learn

Measuring Application of Skills and Knowledge

Learning programs have little value if participants don't apply the new knowledge or skills on the job.  Often, data collection after the learning intervention is difficult to obtain and analyze.  Using an audience response system makes it easier to administer questionnaires two to six months after the conclusion of a program.  Facilitators can gather program participants, co-workers, or supervisors to ask critical questions that measure application of new skills or knowledge.

Even when very mature systems are in place from a safety perspective, much of the training revolves around company culture. An essential piece of training is looking at how to affect individual safety behavior, and that's where Audience Response software and wireless keypads make a difference. Instructors can immediately measure and influence perceptions about safety.

Response systems allow you to evaluate how well learners have retained new material and how they are applying it on the job. This crucial evaluation process delivers the answers you need in order to determine how effective, skilled, and safe your workers are.

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Increase Your Presentation Effectiveness With Digital Learning Games

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Business and association leaders rely on meetings to convey important information and train their teams. However, sharing information in a memorable way is sometimes a very daunting task.  Using an audience response system for individual and team competition is one way to significantly boost retention of important information.  Audience response technology equips meeting organizers to easily implement Digital Game-Based Learning.

Using games and competition to boost business results, also referred to as Gamification, drives up attentiveness and engagement during any program. Attendees are keen to know if their answers are correct and how they are doing compared to others on the team. This helps improve learning outcomes and increases the number of attendees who are proficient with the learning objectives. Quiz powerpoint games, for example, can be used in conjunction with audience response keypads, also known as clickers, to review new policies, hone sales techniques, or build team relationships.  

Advantages of Games  

  • Creates a positively competitive environment– The chance for team play encourages individuals to strive for their best and use teamwork to achieve more than they could on their own.
  • Stimulates participant focus– Real-time discussion and analysis of learning topics through interactive games strengthens participants’ attentiveness to subject matters.
  • Increases participation– Participants will be more willing to provide honest feedback and overcome the “shyness factor” when using electronic keypads to voice their opinions.
  • Enhances meaning and boosts retention– Active learning provides better focus and awareness which leads to greater memory recall in participants.
  • Provides an engaging experience– Games boost the energy of the room to catch participant’s attention and provide opportunities for peer interaction.
  • Reduces training time– Gamification increases efficiency through the use of instant assessments to determine each individual’s readiness for additional instruction. Instructors have greater control over the presentation material and their learners’ focus which leads to less time needed for training and a higher learning curve.

Each person attending the meeting participates using audience response keypads or their own phone, computer, or tablet. Responses are tracked in real time to game questions posed by presenters. The audience response system software tabulates the data from individuals and teams and immediately displays scoreboards with comparative results.

These powerpoint games are comprised of activities that require learners to collaborate and actively participate in topic discussions. Through active learning, people will have higher recall of information and will retain material for longer periods of time. Not only will employers be more satisfied, but they will also see higher satisfaction rates among employees since they are improving their abilities while having fun with their peers. 

5 Reasons Why Game-Based Learning is Effective

  1. People are highly engaged by games.
  2. Material is more comprehendible when placed into an enjoyable atmosphere.
  3. Social groups are established to encourage productive discussions.
  4. Games provide an opportunity to be creative and innovative, which can lead to new ideas.
  5. It’s fun!

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Top 5 Techniques To Use For Adult Learning With An ARS

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Many face to face training presentations are not optimized for relevance and impact on audiences. The typical presentation consists of one or two presenters, usually having spent large amounts of time and effort developing the instructional design and content. All too frequently, this occurs without any assessment of learner needs, the existing skills in the learning population, or the results of previous training programs on the subject.

Knowing some proven techniques on how to creatively apply an audience response system will turn your presentation into a memorable experience. Audience members will value the way that you combine learning concepts with active audience participation exercises.

The following is a compiled list of the top 5 techniques to utilize when using your audience response system for adult learning.

1. Pre/Post Knowledge Assessment

The best way to deliver a more powerful presentation is to take time to really understand your audience. Asking questions at the beginning of your presentation to identify knowledge levels of attendees and their interest in your planned topics will give you important insight. You'll be able to adjust the content and timeline of your presentation to better meet their needs. 

You can use your audience response system to ask pre-assessment questions as you get things started. This will help to draw your audience into your material and identify how much they know (or don't know) about particular topics. Depending on the results, you can spend more or less time on each concept. This will create more memorable, powerful experiences that engage your audience. 

Display some of assessment results to foster discussion. Ask the audience why they answered as they did. This will help boost attentiveness and retention. Attendees will be more likely to improve their scores on post-meeting assessments and apply what they have learned; generating valuable metrics for your next presentation. 

2. Team Building Exercise

You can use your ARS to promote interaction amongst your audience. This will improve learning and foster new relationships. You can ask some demographic questions to identify who's in the room such as "how long have you been working in this field?" or "how often do you see this type of problem or situation?" This helps attendees to appreciate how they fit with their peers in the session.

Follow-up with some questions to identify audience sub-groups with particular learning needs or interests. Divide the audience into these sub-groups for discussion or problem solving exercises. Attendees will find meaningful solutions working with their peers and will establish new relationships that will last long after your presentation. 

What better way to connect your audience members with each other than having them participate in a little competition. Splitting your audience into two or more different teams to compete against each other over a series of questions is another creative way to use your audience response system during your presentation. This is not only a proven exercise that helps audience members retain information, but it also helps build communication and potential networking opportunities between them.

3. Gamification

Gamificationis the use of game playing elements to draw attendees more deeply into your presentation. Competition naturally encourages participation and engagement with your subject material. Develop one interactive game question for each of the most important topics in your presentation. Then, use your audience response system to play a round every 10 to 20 minutes as your presentation unfolds. Pose two or three questions in each round and show a scoreboard with individual or team results. Your audience will enjoy the experience and attentiveness will soar.

There are many possibilities for gamification using your audience polling system. Use challenges, case studies, table teams, and other configurations along with rewards to drive learning and mastery of key concepts or skills. By thinking creatively, you can incorporate a web or PowerPoint based learning game into your presentation in ways that will be both stimulating and effective.

4. Surveys

Use your ARS to poll the audience on a series of survey questions.  You will be able learn what audience members think about each topic in seconds. You can identify how often members of the audience are experiencing problems or issues related to your subject matter. You can then use your response system to foster discussions and benchmark best practice solutions from real world experience. An audience polling system gives you a host of opportunities to tap the wisdom of the people in the room. Your attendees will engage with one another and your material more effectively. 

5. Case Studies

Incorporate real-life case study questions to stimulate critical thinking. This will help ignite the creativity of your attendees; nothing gets an audience more engaged than thinking about their own solutions to a practical problem. Using an ARS will give audience members the option to vote for the best proposed solution to the case. Certain audience response systems are even capable of utilizing a priority ranking system. They can also see how others would solve the problem. Putting results on screen and asking participants to defend their selections will allow discussion to expand and increase understanding of the material.

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Making The Most Out Of Your Audience Response System

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Audience response system technology is an invaluable tool for helping to engage participants during presentations for group meetings, electronic polling, or group training as well as to measure the effectiveness of conveying the presented information. Companies continue to turn to interactive technologies to enhance the effectiveness of their training and performance improvement programs.  

However, some may ask “How can I get the most out of my audience response system?” There are many best practice answers to that question, but they all involve techniques to use your audience response software and hardware to boost INVOLVEMENT.  

When people contribute their ideas and reactions, they’re more committed to shared outcomes and remember more of what was discussed. Most people understand how an ARS system works for training, voting, or digital learning games. Few, however, master using their system to its full potential.

Here are five ways to get better outcomes from your response system:

  1. Pre/Post knowledge assessment--Using your audience response system to ask pre-assessment quiz questions at the beginning of your session will give you important insight into identifying knowledge levels of attendees and their interest in your planned topics. Depending on the results, you can spend more or less time on each concept which will create powerful and more memorable experiences that engage your audience. In addition, asking the audience why they answered as they did will help boost attentiveness and retention. Asking questions a second time after instruction will reinforce correct answers and provide a measurement of learning.
  2. Team building exercises--You can use your response system to promote interaction among your participants. This will help foster new relationships and cooperation. For example, you can ask demographic questions that identify important sub-groups in your audience. Then, on subsequent opinion questions, show tabulations identifying how the sub-groups are thinking alike or thinking differently. Facilitate discussions to surface misperceptions and issues that need resolution. Break into groups and brainstorm solutions. Polling for immediate reactions from the entire group. This helps build stronger relationships, alignment, and shared commitment.
  3. Gamification--This involves the use of game playing elements to draw attendees more deeply into your presentation. Competition naturally encourages participation and engagement with your subject material. By thinking creatively you can incorporate a web or PowerPoint based learning game into your presentation in ways that will be both stimulating and effective.
  4. Surveys--Use your audience response system to poll the audience on a series of audience survey questions. A live audience polling system gives you a host of opportunities to tap the wisdom of the people in the room such as learning what audience members think about each topic! This will allow you to identify how often members of the audience are experiencing problems or issues related to your subject matter. You can then use your response system to foster discussions and benchmark best practice solutions from real world experience. Your attendees will engage with one another and your material more effectively.
  5. Case Studies--Incorporate real-life case study questions to stimulate critical thinking. This will help ignite the creativity of your attendees by giving audience members the option to vote for the best proposed solution to the case. You can then put the results on screen and ask participants to defend their selections. This can be beneficial when conducting “peer instruction” where the audience is divided into teams of three or four people to discuss and solve case study questions.

Many companies that have purchased an audience response system, or have employed the use of an audience response system rental, have discovered the advantages of using interactive technologies and continue to turn to them to enhance the effectiveness of their training and performance improvement programs in the following ways:

  • Active engagement, via interactive polling devices, has been shown to boost attentiveness, understanding, and retention of the presented information.
  • Interactive participation allows audience members to see how their responses compare with others and fosters a sense of competition in a non-threatening (i.e., anonymous) environment.
  • Audience response technology allows training leaders to receive real-time input about whether the information is being understood and is being presented in the most effective way. Presenters can go back and cover difficult topics or teach them in a different manner if feedback shows that the participants are not grasping the important topics.
  • Audience feedback allows presenters to determine which topics are most useful and relevant to the needs of the audience so they can structure their presentations accordingly. Responses can also be used to predict if and how participants will use the information in their jobs.
  • Before and after polling can gauge the effectiveness of the training sessions and help training leaders continually improve the content and delivery of their presentations. Post-training feedback can help determine the amount of actual behavior change brought about through the training.

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Key Tips For Creating An Effective Presentation

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Creating an engaging presentation - whether it be a team meeting or a training session - is a thought that is always on top-of-mind with presenters. Many believe that if their topic is relevant and interesting, it will be enough to keep attendees attention for the duration of the presentation. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. The age old way of presenting (I talk, you listen) has become sub-optimal for most learners. This article explores useful tips and techniques to boost audience engagement for more effective presentations. 

Engagement

When people are engaged in an activity, they are actively participating, thinking, sharing ideas, and discussing the topics at hand. Presenters want audience members to be active and involved throughout their entire presentation. Attendees want to participate beyond one way communication. They want to engage with the speaker, the content at hand, and each other - to find out what their peers know about a particular subject matter. According to Corenet Global, active listening occurs when the listener is involved in more than just listening to a lecture. The listener is involved whether it is in the act of problem solving, discussion, or some other form of participation.

Here are some tips and best practices for enhancing audience engagement:

Solve Real Problems

Often listeners are hoping to have a question answered or a problem solved. Many are attending primarily to gain practical knowledge or understanding about specific subject matter from experts or peers in the field. This provides presenters with an opportunity to pose questions to the audience, share real world examples, and organize sub-group discussions to foster idea exchange. 

Great presenters give audience members the opportunity to look at their own real world experience along with the experience of their peers in the room.  Attendees can use the information presented to come up with solutions. When presenters are able to help identify solutions or put someone on the path to finding a solution, audience members are sure to rate the presentation as being more effective in meeting their needs.

Tip: Use case studies to help solve real world problems that attendees face in their current practice or situation. Presenting best practices in each case study will help build a bridge between the audience member and useful mastery of the subject matter.

Link New Knowledge to Old

Creating a great presentation involves an exchange between presenter and audience. If a presentation can link new knowledge to existing understanding or experience, the group will be more engaged. Audience members are listening to hear something that relates to a problem or situation they face. If a presentation can build upon the experience of those in the audience and associate that experience with new information, attendees will value the presentation and work to apply what they have learned later.

Tip: Issuing a pre-test to identify prior knowledge will allow for a more effective presentation tailored to the audience’s levels of understanding. Personalizing the interaction experience is a sure way to keep the audience’s attention from the beginning to the end of the presentation.

Process Information by Asking Questions

It is a well-known fact that people are engaged in a certain activity if they are actively participating in it. One way to achieve this is by asking audience members’ questions using interactive participation technology such an audience polling system or audience response system.

By using wireless keypads or smartphone polling, presenters are able to use interactive polling and participation to achieve a higher level of audience engagement. Typically, the audience uses wireless voting "clickers," phones, or tablets to answer questions, give feedback, and participate in surveys or assessments. An audience response system used by a knowledgeable presenter will provide attendees with an opportunity to contribute their ideas, ask questions, and communicate best practices throughout the presentation. Whether the purpose of the session is adult learning or team building, these tools result in interactive meetings that better address core business needs.

The key to creating an engaging and effective presentation lies in the ability to communicate and connect with the audience. By identifying the learning needs of the audience, and using interaction to leverage existing experience, presenters can boost presentation impact. Interaction connects the dots by asking and answering questions using audience polling tools and discussions. Tap the knowledge of your attendees and deliver more effective talks.

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Improve Employee Survey Effectiveness with an Audience Response System

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When an employee is engaged or emotionally connected to his or her job, that employee is likely to put more effort into that job and less likely to search for other employment. To retain skilled talent, it's vital for companies to be able to measure and understand employee engagement and job satisfaction and act quickly on the results. 

This knowledge is especially crucial during tough economic times, when employee engagement and morale typically suffer, and during the ensuing economic recovery, when the job market loosens and employee turnover increases. But getting honest feedback that you can use to retain employees isn’t always easy.

Audience response systems help to accelerate the development, implementation, and tabulation of employee surveys.  The system reduces the amount of time and hassle involved in creating survey questions as well as the time and expense of data collection and reporting.  Clients using audience response systems are able to create and rollout an employee survey in a single day.  Data collection, roll-up, tabulation, and reporting of actionable results to executives and line managers can happen in just a few weeks.

An audience response system ensures complete anonymity for your employees so you can find out what they’re really thinking. Best of all, survey response rates are consistently higher than those achieved with web or paper survey tools.

 The rules of engagement
An article in Business Week, "The Role of Employee Engagement in the Return to Growth," cites a survey conducted by the Corporate Executive Board of the Corporate Leadership Council, which found that "employees who are most committed to their organizations put forth 57 percent more effort and are 87 percent less likely to leave their company than employees who consider themselves disengaged."

However, simply using employee surveys to measure the levels of employee engagement is not enough. Understanding the reasons behind engagement or lack thereof can provide valuable insight and help companies create plans for increasing engagement and producing tangible business results. It's also important to be able to easily analyze survey results and use those results to produce meaningful and measureable organizational change.

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Improve Training And Adult Learning With An Audience Response System

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Have you ever sat through a training presentation and thought that you learned more from staring out the window than from the instructor?  Unfortunately, this scenario is common among adult learning presentations. 

Many face to face training presentations are not optimized to maximize relevance and impact on audiences.  The typical presentation consists of one or two presenters, usually having spent large amounts of time and effort developing the instructional design and content.  All too frequently, this occurs without any assessment of learner needs, the existing skills in the learning population, or the results of previous training programs on the subject.

With an audience response system, this can change.  Learning professionals can use the system to quickly and easily prepare questionnaires and assessments to measure learning needs, reactions, and results before, during, and after learning interventions. 

Needs Assessment

With an audience response system, an instructional designer can more easily prepare and administer a questionnaire to assess the needs of the target group of learners.  This can include measurement of existing skill or knowledge levels along with perceived priorities for next steps in growing competency and on-the-job effectiveness. 

Questions are authored and administered in PowerPoint using multiple choice, scalar, or open-ended text input questions.  Sample groups of learners complete the surveys very quickly using hand-held keypads, smart phones, tablets, or computers.  Response rates are typically higher than web or email-based surveys, and learners enjoy the process of engaging in and providing information.  Results from survey data-gathering sessions flow into the response system database for immediate reporting and analysis. 

Presenters or instructional designers can gauge the learners’ baseline knowledge more quickly and easily by administering a pre-test with an interactive system.  In many cases, the assessment question results from previous instructional sessions can serve as the “pre-test” data pool to help design the next instructional presentation. 

Evaluating Effectiveness by Measuring Reactions

Paper evaluations, “smile sheets,” and web surveys are established best practices among learning professionals.  However, these formats can be difficult to administer and result in low response rates with insufficient actionable data.  Using an interactive response system reduces or eliminates many of the hassles of traditional evaluation tools.  Presenters can add evaluation question slides to the end of their instructional slide deck and pose questions to gather feedback data in real-time. Response rates typically exceed 90% and results are more valid because the session is fresh in the minds of attendees.  Results have higher validity with higher perceived anonymity allowing all participants to have an opportunity to respond in seconds. 

Audience response systems allow instructors to test the baseline knowledge of participants in order to ensure that instruction is best suited for learners. You can avoid making your presentation too easy or too difficult to understand, and you can engage your learners at the pace that they need in order to progress at an optimal pace. 

Testing and Assessment

Using an interactive response system, instructors can pose and tabulate test questions before, during, and after sessions.  This allows for adjustment to the instructional design to include remediation loops if the group is failing to grasp a particular concept.  It also provides for immediate tabulation and demonstration of results with pre-post comparisons.

Measuring Application of Skills and Knowledge

Learning programs have little value if participants don't apply the new knowledge or skills on the job.  Often, data collection after the learning intervention is difficult to obtain and analyze.  Using an audience response system makes it easier to administer questionnaires two to six months after the conclusion of a program.  Facilitators can gather program participants, co-workers, or supervisors to ask critical questions that measure application of new skills or knowledge. 

With audience response systems, participants provide honest answers.  Response rates are high and data is more often more useful because interactive systems provide survey respondents with greater confidence that they are responding anonymously.  This reduces fear of reprisal and helps to boost the validity of survey data.

Response systems allow you to evaluate how well learners have retained new material and how they are applying it on the job. This crucial evaluation process delivers the answers you need in order to determine how effective, skilled, and safe your workers are.

Measurement has never been easier in adult learning. Keeping an eye on how your program participants are responding with an audience response system can be a powerful way to make sure that training programs are effective and relevant to the needs of learners and the organization.

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