On November 3, 2011, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (ILSCCP) released a free video on YouTube entitled: "Professional Responsibility CLE - Creating an Interactive Learning Experience." The 32-minute video shows content providers how to design and deliver an interactive professional responsibility CLE program.
Facilitated by Jayne Reardon, Executive Director of ILSCCP; Audrey Lee, Perspective Principal; and Donna Crawford, Education Director at ILSCCP, the program has three learning objectives:
- Determine why interactive learning is important and beneficial for learners
- Gain new facilitation skills
- Get suggestions for designing an interactive course
Typically, retention rates for learners who listen to individual or panel lectures is 10% to 15%. Generally if the main objective is to transfer knowledge and if you have an engaging speaker, you can create an effective program based on a lecture format. But, the video supposes, if you are teaching a subject such as professional responsibility where an attendee needs to determine how to exercise judgment and analyse many factors, lecture programs often fail.
Using short vignettes, the video compares the audience reaction and level of engagement and learning between a "Just Tell Me" CLE experience and an interactive CLE experience. Then, as the audience has just experienced interactivity as a learner, they are better able to design an interactive program as the provider. The video then reviews critical skills for facilitators essential for an interactive learning experience, and reviews ideas for creating an interactive course.