A personalized learning experience. Online classes will soon be easier to use, less expensive, and more accessible.
How To Creaate Online Class Learning Outcomes
The academic world is in the midst of an education revolution, with massive-scale online learning (MOOCs) and mobile learning now allowed into the university setting. Students are empowered to take time off to have their voice heard without hitting a brick wall on the timetable or length of their classes. This rapid change in the fundamental learning tools now available on demand is moving schools forward as the learning landscape is repositioned to better suit the individual.
At Ivy Insights we have recently watched this development firsthand with our clients. Middle and high schools are willing to take our Distance Studies program and grow with it. At high schools, big-districts have the most students and resources to address, but for those lower on the totem pole, smaller high schools might provide a better base of knowledge, and those with limited budgets might take advantage of a test-driven learning framework built for their needs.
Here is a how-to guide to enriching the online learning process to increase learning outcomes through understanding how to inspire students to create their own curricula, explore content, explore alternative classes, take ownership of their learning, and make lifelong learning their own.
Strive for Boundaries
Programs provide a more rich online learning experience with sufficient boundaries that grant access to specific learning activities that move the students through their learning objectives. It is important to work with curricula that allow for students to mix their own projects and interactive questions with curricula designed by the program. The challenge in developing program curricula is to provide a rich experience by observing students’ work, developing skills, and responding to student projects while maintaining leeway to create niche programs that each individual child can flourish in.
Enthusiasm is essential to successfully engaging online learners. However, if a student feels that the professor is constantly taking the discussion and effort out of what they have created, the motivation to come back may wane. Several challenges must be confronted with the designing and incorporating elements of a learning environment that positively engage online learners. Those challenges include the creation of language, structure, and engaging content.
Due to the ability to be online, online learning takes a whole new dynamic of positive content recommendations and artful ways of building a learning environment. The immediate language of the instructor, keeping content to the one topic, and associating content with a specific activity are always easy, but are harder as students move into one-to-one-one situations. Developing a rapport with students is essential as learning situations evolve. There are benefits to building a relationship as students move through their course. However, better context may be best suited to the social dynamics of every-day life.
As students engage and interact with content, engagement correlates with learning outcomes. Students need to see themselves in the content. Consequently, designed connectivity offerings which allow students to learn in any way they choose while ensuring high interaction levels have an impact on learning.
Act on Experience
Both confidence and engagement need to come in the form of consistent learning experiences for students to improve on their content knowledge. There are multiple platforms that offer students the flexibility to move from traditional to blended learning environments without leaving their experience or content. For traditional and blended-learning environments, experiences should be linked to motivation, space, and mastery.
Incorporate the Pathways Approach
Graduate programs are also jumping on the high-growth MOOC bandwagon as students seek to use the resources and take advantage of the greater diversity of curriculum that MOOCs provide. New interactive Coursera-style personalized tracks that tap into the student’s strengths and gaps in knowledge can be created. Mythos is a good example, which allows colleges to begin programs for better-groomed students that can then transition to traditional undergraduate programs.
The shift to a higher learning model is going to affect the bottom line for a wide array of colleges and universities. Takeaways are there to help you support your students and deliver a better education experience, regardless of how they choose to engage in your program.