I’m not a fan.As much as half of your audiencemight feel the same way.
Why?Because 33-50% of the population falls underthe definition of an introvert*. *Susan Cain – Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Extrovert vs IntrovertIntrovertPeople whose energy tends to expand throughreflection and dwindle during interactionExtrovertPeople who are energized by social situationsand tend to be assertive multi-taskers who thinkout loud and on their feet
Characteristics of an Extrovert• Enjoy human interactions• Enthusiastic, talkative, asser tive, and gregarious• Take pleasure in activities that involve large social gatherings• Tend to be energized when around other people, more prone to boredom when they are by themselves
Characteristics of an Introvert• Tend to be more reserved and less outspoken in groups• Often take pleasure in solitary activities such as reading, writing, using computers, hiking and fishing• Like to observe situations before they participate• More analytical before speaking• Easily overwhelmed by too much stimulation from social gatherings and engagement
Many traditional methods forincreasing learner engagement holdlittle appeal to introverts.So…how do we engage this portionof our audience?
Introverts and Social Media•Avoid the awkwardness of face-to-face interactions with those they’re meeting for the first time•Allows them to have time to process info before responding•Gives them an opportunity to have their voice heard without needing to fight over the talking of others
Does it work?• Christine Greenhow, Education Professor, Michigan State University• Conducted a study on Twitter as a new form of literacy*• Adults who tweet during a class and as part of the instruction: – are more engaged with the course content, instructor, and other students – have higher grades than the other students *Twitteracy: Tweeting as a New Literacy Practice Christine Greenhow, Benjamin Gleason The Educational Forum Vol. 76, Iss. 4, 2012