Understanding What Strategy is Best
Have the flexibility to adapt seamlessly and connect to your learners in any given situation. If you are thinking about jumpstarting your e-learning program or enhancing what you currently have, proper planning is key. Our checklist below can help get you started.
In general, there are a number of ways to approach your e-Learning strategy. One is to go purely online; a mix with the traditional; or a combination of both. While it does not have to be just one, it is best to understand and know some key points about the strategies to aid you in planning.
IN A NUTSHELL
Blended learning refers to an approach that combines e-learning with traditional in-person learning (face-to-face interaction).
Online learning refers to the use of digital technologies to deliver complete learning programs.
Blended learning takes place everywhere. Teachers deliver the lessons inside the classroom, learners may learn through interaction with their peers, and additional activities or supplemental lessons may be given online.
Online learning is purely online.
With online learning, all lessons, assessments, and activities are done online with the use of a device that is connected to the internet.
WHAT IS THE USUAL CLASS SCHEDULE?
Class schedule is fixed.
In blended learning, students and teachers follow a fixed class schedule, but some activities might take place after class using online systems.
Class schedule is more flexible.
While in some cases, an online learning schedule is strictly enforced, class schedules are more flexible with online learning. Tasks are assigned within the day, allowing students to access them at their own convenience.
WHAT IS THE MODE
The use of technology is only in specific parts of the instruction.
In blended learning, the teacher decides which parts of the instruction should make use of technology, and which parts are carried over traditionally. For example, in a class that makes use of blended learning, the teacher may ask learners to compete in a digital game at the start of the lesson to pique learners’ interest, then proceed to teach the lesson using a whiteboard and class recitation. After the lesson, the teacher may give an online assignment. As there is no single model on how to use blended learning, the teachers may decide on how they want to enhance the experience with the use of technology.
Technology is used in delivering the whole instruction.
In a purely online learning scenario, teachers can assign learning materials online that learners can open at their own convenience (unless the materials are time-bound). In some cases, teachers try to connect more to learners through video conferencing applications. In this kind of scenario, having access to a stable internet connection is essential as teaching and learning takes place online.
HOW ARE ASSESSMENTS DIFFERENT?
Assessments are proctored.
Whether an assessment is online or pen-and-paper, high-stakes assessments like periodical exams are proctored by the teacher to help assure its integrity. These assessments also follow a strict time schedule.
Assessments are non-proctored.
For a purely online learning scenario, since the students take the exam at home, teachers can only employ a number of measures to maintain the integrity of the exams. These are assigning quiz passwords, setting the duration, validating the time used by learners in taking the test, preparing different sets of exams, or asking questions that will not be evident in readily-available resources, such as items where students have to analyze, evaluate, and think critically.
Here are some more considerations to ponder on to allow you to see the bigger picture and help you prepare and adjust.
Know what kind of online learning is possible for your learners to do and have considerations for those who may not be able to complete all work online. In connection with this, you would need to consider talking with the parents so they will understand your implementation and learning objectives.
For your teachers, a training needs analysis would be a good way to identify your staff’s readiness for online learning.
If you do mix and match implementation, do you know which grade levels can move to online learning? Giving age-appropriate digital activities and materials is important.
Do you trust your learners enough? In a purely online learning scenario, how can you develop the culture of integrity among your learners? Will assessments be something you are willing to deploy?
Are you a curator or a dumper? Cognitive Load Theory suggests that our brain can only take in so much at once. Do you organize the lessons that you assign so that learners will not be overwhelmed?
We are in this together.
As an e-Learning solution, Genyo e-Learning is capable of accommodating a wide range of implementing scenarios from blended learning to pure online learning.
Our team is ready to discuss with you to determine the option that is right for your school.
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