Online Instruction is like Stage Acting

Have you ever been to a play?  I’ve been in a couple (don’t laugh).  I’d like you to compare stage acting there acting you see on the silver screen. Maybe not the quality of the acting but the style.  Film acting can be very subtle.  Gary Oldman is one of my favorites and Tom Hardy, too.  Both men can barely say anything and audience takes away tons of information. Stage acting is very different out of necessity.  People at the back of the theater need to see that the actor is feeling or doing something and unless that something is exaggerated they’ll never know.  Even the make-up and wardrobe is exaggerated to convey information more easily.  Online learning can be like sitting at the back of a theater where all of the actors are underacting.  All of the subtle things we can bring to a face-to-face session are gone.  Inflection of voice, gesture of hand, raise of eyebrow…make-up of face. Continue reading

TBF018 – Dual Code Theory. Eyes and Ears.

This episode we discuss the benefits and proper ways to include audio with your visual presentations (read ‘PowerPoint’).

Dual Code Theory was originally purposed by Alan Paivio, a former Mr.Canada, in 1971.  I won’t be able to do the science justice, but the theory basically states that humans create memories through two channels, visual and audio.  For a more comprehensive description of the science head over to this link at Stanford. This was a the quote I read during the podcast. Continue reading


Can “Cats Get Clicks” improve learning?

Cat’s get clicks.  This has been proven by celebrity cats like Keyboard Cat. Twenty-Six million views and counting and that isn’t unusual for a cat-video on youtube.  Here is the first page search for ‘cat videos‘ on youtube.  At the time of this post the top dog, or cat, as it were, has over 45 million views.  Mobile phone providers Telus and Fido have tapped into this.  Rogers had the two beavers (a proud and strong Canadian symbol!) a while ago that worked for them.   Continue reading

TBF003 – The Kirkpatrick Model of Evaluation, pretty good stuff.

This weeks episode examined the Kirkpatrick Model of Evaluation!

The objective for the show:  For the listeners to be able to discuss the 4 levels of the Kirkpatrick Model of Evaluation as listed on the Kirkpatrick org website and list one criticism.

The Four levels are as follows: Reaction, Learning, Behavior, and lastly….Results! Continue reading