Blog Assignment: Participating in a Professional Learning Community

Applying Instructional Techniques to Connect With Learners

In last week’s blog assignment, Traci summarized an inspiring article that leads me to think. In the article Applying Instructional Techniques to Connect With Learners, the author provided examples on ways to connect with learners. He recalled that paying attention to details allowed a flight attendant and the people of Bali to connect with the group. There are many ways or techniques that a teacher could use to connect with the learners.

One way I discovered that will allow a connection between learners is to create synergy. In the field of instructional design, the teacher could use synergy to communicate with the students. Synergy is the “blending of individuals or groups that creates an emerging culture that has greater potential than the individual parts” (Armstrong, Barber, and Najafbagy, 1986, p.35). Synergy allows a presenter to close gaps within information by allowing participants to engage ways to connect with one another.

Using synergy to connect with others opens communication between all parties and eliminates unnecessary tension. The key elements of synergy are trust, effective communication, rapid feedback, creativity, and creative conflict (Doctoroff, 1977). Without those elements the group or team will not function effectively. I could use synergy in instructional design to challenge a group of people with different views to work together in an efficient manner. I have seen the many benefits of synergy in helping people connect with one another. Synergy could work in any field that it is applied. However, the individuals must be willing to put the group needs above their own to effectively connect with the audience or learners.


Armstrong, Terry R., Ian Barber, and Reza Najafbagy (1986). “Creating Cultural Synergy.” ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT JOURNAL 4 (Winter):35-40.


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