People are online all the time now, with meetings and training, via ZOOM or other platforms. If they are in a ‘webinar’, traditionally this is just another lecture style experience, without a lot of interaction. Don’t host something that people dread! In order to create spaces that are engaging, activities and fun should be part of the learning experience. It is possible to create fun ice breaker or audience warm-up activities, even online. Here are a couple of examples below. The first example was the very first time I was trying this online, so my confidence was not 100%, if it would work. Let’s face it, sometimes we try things and they don’t work out, but that is OK. It’s important that we keep trying to make every meeting and learning experience engaging!
Here is a simple, quick but effective ice breaker to bring people into the head space of learning and starting a meeting/presentation.
Thank you to Laurie Flasko for sharing this activity idea (above) with me. Adapted for online.
I created the above option in Canva, through the ‘Bingo’ template. Instructions for the game are below.
There are more aspects to consider, but even if this is new to you, or you don’t love ice breakers, you can still try activies for the sake of your participants. Ice breakers, or activities with purpose helps ensure that people are present in the experience. They can support your outcomes for their learning event or meeting. So don’t skip this step in your learning experience designs. Research different ideas and options, and it’s OK to try something for the first time. It’s not a failure, even if it didn’t work out perfectly. You are also demonstrating that it’s OK to try new things and you want your participant’s experience to be meaningful.
Additional Ideas for Ice Breakers & Activities: https://www.pinterest.ca/leaderinspired/ice-breakers/
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How to determine the purpose, process and pay off for engaging activities, such as ice-breakers in a learning experience.
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