More than ever communicating in any online course is mandatory and one of the essentials means to ensure engagement in the learning process. While there are multiple options to keep in touch with your students or trainees, here are some key elements to keep in mind before choosing your tools:
The current coronavirus pandemic constrained many academic institutions to bring to a close all in-person classes and find solutions to move everything online, a process not only complicated from a technological point of view but even more so from a pedagogical perspective.
In online training, the learner most often stands alone in front of a screen... Is it impossible to see a social dimension blossom in such a context? Quite the contrary! Here are 10 key points to bring light into it.
When it comes to learning, the term "engagement" is never far away. Since we often refer to it, we might think that it is clearly defined and that its mechanisms are well understood, which is not the case. Before looking for solutions to optimize the engagement of learners in training, it is necessary to know what it is and what the research says about it.
In elearning, unlike classroom settings, learners and teachers must approach the technological environment as an intermediary. Despite its undeniable advantages, the latter can pose obstacles in terms of communication. However, whether in the way content is presented on the platform or in the exchanges between learners and the teacher, communication is an essential element for the success of any learning path.
In online training, instructional designers are often responsible for adapting a course previously given in a traditional classroom and designed for that context. This work requires more than merely transferring educational content to a technological medium. If we look at assessments specifically, which allow for the assimilation of material and evaluation of acquired knowledge, their design requires special attention.
Whether we develop a traditional or online training, optimizing the learners’ workload is a delicate, but essential, process. It is necessary that the theoretical, as well as the practical content, allow the learners to achieve the objectives of the course without overloading them, at the risk of demotivating them.
As elearning becomes more popular, it is opening up to an increasing number and diversity of cohorts of learners. To maximize everyone's chances of success and reduce inequalities along their learning journey, instructional designers should always take advantage of the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
Given its particular context, online training may seem more vulnerable to cheating than face-to-face training. In recent years, however, it can resort to "anti-cheat" technologies with increased success.