Webinar: The power of silent learners in a group

Have the courage to speak softly, to be yourself a silent learner. Diversity matters.


When: 15 March 2017, 15.00 - 16.00 CET

  • How do we recognize silent learners?
  • What are the needs of silent learners?
  • How can we empower silent learners in a group context?

There are silent learners, there are noisy learners, and some are in between. Some learners are very fast and enthusiastic but become very quickly disillusioned, whilst others start slowly, think more without expressing themselves aloud but when they do open their mouths, everyone listens.

We may sometimes believe that silent learners are not interested, difficult to communicate with or maybe even lazy. But maybe we have to delay our judgement. In some countries introverts are considered as “normal” whilst extroverts are the ones with a problem.

What happens when silent learners have to learn in groups? Can we help the group to understand the silent learner? Can we make the silent learner proud and more secure about her/his function in the collaboration process? Could we also encourage solitary learning in the group?

Please watch this short film before the webinar:

Susan Cain: The power of introverts (TED 2012)

The recording of the webinar

You will meet

Francisca Frenks

Independent expert in webinars and online learning and online collaboration at XWebinar.nl. Online facilitator for PBL-group9 of the Open Networked Learning project.

E-mail: francisca@xwebinar.nl

Twitter: @FranciscaF

Blog: https://www.xwebinar.nl/blog/
Alastair Creelman

E-learning specialist at Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden. He is involved in several national and international projects and organisations in the field of e-learning, including the Nordplus project on Silent Learners.

Twitter: @alacre

Blog: Corridor of uncertainty - reflections on technology and education

Jan Willem Kemper

“Silent learner”, tax consultant and (online) tax trainer at http://www.jwkemper.nl/

This webinar is part of a Nordic Nordplus project, Silent learners - Is lurking working?, investigating how silent or peripheral learners can be better understood even in courses where participation is the focus.
This webinar was organised by NVL Distans (Nordic Network for Adult Education), EDEN (European Distance and E-learning Network) and the Swedish Network for IT in Higher Education (ITHU).