Connectivity is not connection: How to boost engagement in virtual training classrooms

Learning has a social side that cannot be ignored. For millennia, humans have learned new things from other members of the community and have shared their knowledge in return. Along the way, the task of sharing knowledge led to the creation of specialized professions, such as teachers, tutors, trainers, and other educators.

For centuries, learning was based on time and location constraints. Essentially, to learn something from somebody else, you needed to be in the same location at the same time with that person.

This was the traditional way of learning: you attended school in the morning from Monday to Friday because the teacher was there. This was the norm and only a few were the exception: for instance, wealthy families that could afford private tutoring had a teacher at home. But the idea is the same: both students and teachers are psychically in the same place at the same time.

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