Feedback and Elearning – Go Rapid

When I was in high school, feedback was Pete Townshend manipulating his guitar to eek shrieks and squeals out of Hi-Watt amps. By college, I thought of it as feedback loops and bio-feedback. In grad school, it became assessments and course evaluations, and applying the Kirkpatrick model.

In my early CBT days feedback was capturing student comments *while they were in the lesson* (wow, cool, huh). In the business world “feedback” morphed again, into “soliciting feedback” and trying to get comments, opinions and input from others (like colleagues, customers, learners) via email or questionnaires.

We talk about rapid elearning. I think we need rapid feedback too. Let’s get dynamic and real time like Pete. Lets loop-it into the mix and change what we’re teaching or presenting *while we’re doing it*. Oh, and by the way, lets add some real data collection too.

Real time. Real data. Real cool. Next time you do some Live elearning, include questions, surveys or polls. Be ready to act on the responses and adapt in real time. Heck, be ready to write some new questions in real-time, on-the-fly. No reason why data at almost any Kirkpatrick level can’t be real-time. Act on that inner feedback loop during the session. And afterwards, go for the big loop. Play back the tape, analyze the data and plug THAT back into the amp for the next time you go live.

“Ka-whang… waheeeeeeeeeeeee.”

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