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The power of silent learners in a group

February 17, 2017 @ 00:00

When: 15 March 2017, 15:00 – 16:00 CET Where: Online via Adobe Connect (link to the meeting room will be sent to all registered participants 1-2 days before the webinar) The recording of the webinar can be accessed here.
  • 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? Join us to discuss these issues!

Please watch this short film before the webinar:

Susan Cain: The power of introverts (TED 2012)

You will meet

Francisca Frenks

franciskaIndependent expert in webinars and online learning and online collaboration at Online facilitator for PBL-group9 of the Open Networked Learning project. E-mail: Twitter: @FranciscaF Blog:

Alastair Creelman

alastairE-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

jan“Silent learner”, tax consultant and (online) tax trainer at 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 is 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). nvl_logoeden_logo_2004


February 17, 2017
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