Effective engagement of Student in Online class
Keeping Students In-Line with the On-line Education
It’s no secret that the world of education is slowly but surely, switching over to the digital platform. E-Learning is here to stay, and studies show that if done right, online learning can be effective too and help students learn and grow.
Once you’re through with the technicalities of finding a right platform and setting up an online classroom, you need to design your course materials in such a way that it’s both purposeful and interesting for the students. It will definitely require some extra effort from your side, but you will be able to connect with them and easily navigate the initial obstacles for a fruitful learning experience.
Engaging learners in online learning programs is one of the keys to ensuring they learn effectively. Lecturers should focus on bringing the same energy, passion, and engagement from the physical classroom to the virtual classroom.
Students pick up on this energy, and it sets an important foundation for effective learning. In other word, teachers should ensure that learners don’t just passively absorb information, but instead spur them to action: communicate, reflect, create, and put their skills into practice.
Creating an interactive online training module doesn’t have to be complicated. Choose simple, appropriate methodologies and student engagement will unfold naturally.
A. The Interactive Element
Including interactive elements will boost learner adoption and engagement. Something as simple as the click on a button for a pop-up poll, question or anything that can get learners to take action, will do the trick. Keep your students actively clicking, typing or talking throughout the lesson. You can do this by asking lots of questions, including games and making sure learners have to physically do things like use drawing tools or typing in dialogue boxes.
You can also add games or quizzes to the syllabus. While gamifying the syllabus, design your games to encourage students to work together. This will foster collaboration. Make sure that learners have to interact with something on every single slide. The lack of consistent interaction can defeat the purpose. And you want active learners, not passive spectators.
B. Graphical Elements
Including fun elements such as a GIF image, or a short clip or image can go a long way in spicing up your PowerPoint presentations. Also, by adding relevant fun videos, audio notes and images, there is a higher probability of them remembering the subject, than dense and long texts.
If you want to be extra creative, play a memory game with every set of images and make sure your students are thorough with the subject.
C. Character Based Learning
Stories are a powerful eLearning tool. Have students interact in the form of a story, or create dialogues and skits. This way, they dive deep into the topic and feel for the characters and their plight. While creating relatable and appropriate characters that simulate the students, also give them the ability to change the story’s narrative based on the choices they make.
Such activities won’t just boost engagement, but help you assess their decision-making, critical thinking, and analytical skills. With different storylines and outcomes, you can influence your student’s beliefs or assumptions, prompting them to re-evaluate their perspectives.
D. Brainstorming Sessions
Some of the most brilliant ideas come from group brainstorming sessions. Assign each student a topic and then ask them to create material to share with their peers. It’s also wise to set some ground rules and define expectations. Teachers can assign collaborative projects that students can complete with the help of group chats and discussion boards.
Instead of just reading the content on the screen, they have the chance to learn by doing and understand the concepts so that they can create their own. You can appoint a leader to moderate the online discussion and ask each member to share at least one idea. That way the brainstorming stays on-topic and everyone gets the chance to participate.
E. The Cliff-Hanger Module
Breaking your modules into two sections – the start and the end. Begin your class with quizzes, stories and conclude with a challenge, riddle or simulation that reveals the facts, quells their curiosity and piques their interest. An active, collaborative, and interaction-centered approach will not only expand their practical knowledge and put their skills into action.
Getting your audience involved and excited about the eLearning process will also help to maintain the classroom dynamic. A small tweak in the techniques and learning approach, can go a long way. Take the plunge, make your class fun and take the learning experience to a whole new level.
A N Henry Maris | Secretary