How would you teach interpersonal skills online?
Social VR, DTA, videos, behavior modelling,
critical incident technique.
A brief description of how one can teach interpersonal skills online with the aid of existing tools.
Outside the box
- Online does not mean alone.
- Online is not limited to reading a web page.
- Online includes social VR and videos.
- Alone does not exclude a digital teaching assistant (DTA) driven by AI.
- Explicit learning: Learning activities directed towards explicit learning objectives.
Teaching interpersonal skills
- Read an ebook about interpersonal skills?
- Listen to lectures about interpersonal skills?
- Take a multiple-choice test about interpersonal skills?
- Once you hear lecture about swimming, you never forget what you learned about lectures. Talking is not teaching
- Scholarly articles for teaching interpersonal skills
- Behavior modelling (psychology) Wikipedia
- Critical Incident Technique (Wikipedia)
- Social learning theory
- Going to camp on the browser
Who teaches it?
- Training in interpersonal skills is often done by employers with focus on specific situations relevant to employee assignments.
- Employer training is likely to be done as microlearning.
- Such training may also be offered in a school of education with focus in teacher-student interaction.
- A college employment office might offer training in employment interviews.
- Teaching any skill to humans is based on describing successful performance and frequent failure modes.
- The descriptions are often collected as critical incident records.
- Examples of critical incidents
- The descriptions are rendered as videos with actors following scripts.
- Some of the videos are cut at the point where the incipient failure mode is clear.
- In these, completing segments are produced showing both the failure and successful counter-action.
- People can learn by imitating the behavior of others.
- People can learn by observing actions that produce undesirable results.
- Such observations can be provided by prepared videos.
- Modeling of Behavior
Training online: Solo
- Solo training can teach names and concepts, possibly adequate for beginners.
- Worth considering because it can be done at low cost.
- Learning objective: The student is able to recognize failure modes and name them correctly (concepts and labels).
- Materials: multiple Videos illustrating each failure mode: consequences and successful avoidance.
- Failure modes are presented with name and narration about cause.
- Assessment: Failure modes are presented no information. Learner answers multiple-choice questions about the name and cause.
- The DTA can manage the assessments
- Learning objective: The student is able to recognize failure modes and name a correct counter-action (concepts and labels).
- Failure modes are presented with successful counter-actions. Each counter-action is named.
- Assessment: Failure modes are presented no information. Learner answers multiple-choice questions about the correct counter-action.
- The DTA can manage the assessments
Training online: Group
- Requires social virtual reality, probably not with binocular view.
- Learning objective: Develop the student's skill in responding to critical incidents.
- General method: Role playing
- Students play the role of people participating in a critical incident.
- Following each episode, the students discuss the actions (good and open to improvement). The teacher may contribute.
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