Web classes have become more popular over the years due to the ease of utilization of technology and abundance of online content to choose from. When choosing a online learning format, there are some elementary ground rules that every well-informed educator should follow, which in this case consists of finding the most appropriate and appropriate ways for students to practice effective skills and grow their skills in critical areas.
How To Create Online Learning Environment
As part of the Rising Star Series, Christina Freund reports from the Los Angeles BANCSU campus on the processes that go into creating a success and a booming student demand.
From the community of schools based in the Arts, Technology, and Creative Arts colleges (“BANCSU”) to the continued dynamism of the educational center in Industry where we are located, there is one thing that unites us all. Our students and faculty members. We are these things and more. They are literally our sources of creative energy and passion. They act as an invigorating and life-affirming source of energy and humor.
And that said, it was wonderful to experience how the animated teaching of Ariel McFarlane the past five months has created such a steady flow of interesting and engaging stories for our students. Ariel writes about diversity, activism, women, LGBTQIA student organizations, alums, nonprofits, and all of the important things that the students take away from that is meaningful for them as they navigate their new journeys with us. It is mind-boggling to listen to the students’ live version of her storytelling sessions and to look around at our spirit of innovation that is on display everyday around campus.
I can hardly believe that five months of these stories and media previews have been shared so widely and liked so well. A few notes and observations to my colleagues in what we can do to create the most dynamic online learning environment possible for our students.
1. Inspire Your Students
“Fun” is the most important factor in designing an online learning environment for our students. Who will go home and share with others and who will not? Inspire students to ask questions of themselves and be inspired by others on each of their individual journeys.
2. Identify Uniqueness of Each Student
As you take inventory of your unique students you’ll also be collecting the essentials for teaching – being educational, fun, educational, and fun! Also look to life experiences for connections to your online learning center that students feel comfortable exploring in their classroom and online course settings. We pride ourselves on the unique individuals who attend BANCSU (so much so that we have created a handful of niche programs for students who are extremely passionate about certain groups). It is critical to focus on helping all of our students feel fully accepted at BANCSU so that they will feel empowered to explore the opportunities with us – providing both real and authentic opportunities to grow and flourish.
3. Bring Together Teachers and Students
Just as a supportive parent often feels compelled to approach a son who never had schoolboy crushes on his classmates, it is equally imperative to surround our students with teachers who will cultivate a spirit of curiosity in them – focusing on seeing them as they are. As we students mature and explore our passions we will understand that our vision is one that we need to hold ourselves to and will know that we can’t be the best we want to be unless we take the time to truly understand ourselves. I find this to be especially true as students explore their LGBTQIA identities and what it means to come out and how to reach out to one another.
4. Connect Users in Uniquely Unique Ways
So many of us live our lives in small groups and without meaningful social connections. A sociable online learning experience will create opportunities for student life to flourish so that they can maintain the type of social life that is integral to learning. And peer pressure to post updates on social media is something that you can’t expect your students to ignore in an online learning environment. So encourage your students to participate in an online group and look for opportunities to connect them with peers throughout the world.
5. Listen to your Students and Relate to Your Authentic Students
Working in the world of professional development has opened my eyes to a reality that we all live with – accepting our own needs. Understanding that students want to have a person connect to them on an authentic, personal level is crucial to creating a learning environment where the student can be at their best. Connecting with our students in authentic ways has created a genuine collaboration where we are genuinely energized by helping one another reach our goals.