Empowering Educators And Boosting Engagement With Digital Learning Solutions
Online conference tools are changing the face of virtual learning as we speak. Their constantly-evolving features create an environment that promotes unlimited communication and knowledge distribution. In this article, we explore how advanced digital learning solutions empower educators by giving them control over the learning process, as well as how they boost learner engagement and motivation.
How Do Digital Learning Solutions Empower Educators?
Better Time Management
Technology allows us to save precious time by relieving us of repetitive tasks. Similarly, digital learning solutions can change the way educators manage their time daily. Instead of having to build their virtual “classrooms” from scratch for every event or subject, now they can rely on customizable pods and apps that can become everything they need, from timers to polls and random participant selectors. Not to mention persistence features that allow them to set up their storyboards and material only once and then perform minor changes as needed. In addition, LMS integrations help them automatically keep records, create reports, and track learner engagement and progress.
Individual Pace For Learners And Educators
During virtual learning, maintaining a common pace among learners and educators can be tricky. This is why it’s important to empower educators by giving them the tools to promote self-paced learning while holding their audience’s interest. Advanced digital learning solutions allow hosts to work on the following stages of their presentation during live delivery in stealth mode. This means that they can add to or edit the learning experience without interfering with what their learners see. From the viewpoint of the participant, asynchronous browsing is a great option as it allows them to move through content at their own pace while the instructor can keep everyone else moving forward.
Control Over Online Session
Advanced online conferencing tools are now designed to empower educators by giving them complete control in virtual classrooms or events. Specifically, hosts can moderate who enters a meeting and assign presenter privileges to participants. In addition, hosts have access to a backstage suite of tools that allow them access to participant data, notes, tools for collaborating with other presenters, as well as options to edit the onstage experience on the spot. Finally, educators can create Q&A boxes that give them complete control over the visibility of questions, answers, and participation rates. This feature is especially useful during live webinars, as it allows hosts to assign question management to an expert so as not to disrupt the flow of the presentation.
Professional Development Opportunities
Online learning may be greatly beneficial to learners, but it opens up a world of opportunities for educators, too. Organizations have the ability to use advanced tools to train their trainers in modern pedagogical methods. Educators will have access to online resources that can constantly be updated in order to keep up with the latest trends and teaching techniques. This also means that educators have the power to enrich their knowledge base and work on their professional development on a daily basis.
4 Ways To Spark Remote-Learner Engagement
1. Encourage Group Learning And Socialization
We often associate socialization and group learning with physical learning, but it’s easy to bring them into the virtual classroom. Use a breakout room function in your online conference tool and assign learners group projects and presentations. You can also use topic chats or forums to allow participants to express their thoughts. These tools keep participants engaged and facilitate collaboration among them. In addition, they allow even shyer types to speak their mind and actively take part in the learning process.
2. Create Engaging And Interactive Content
Introducing engaging content is a great way to drive engagement and motivation. Thankfully, online conferencing solutions empower educators with numerous options to develop interactive content. You can utilize custom apps to create educational games, quizzes, or simulations and make learning fun and immersive. Enrich simple whiteboards with colorful drawings and annotations to guide learner attention wherever you want. Simulations using real-world scenarios can also keep participants entertained while helping them acquire knowledge organically.
3. Facilitate Participation
Lack of participation opportunities can significantly affect learner engagement. Don’t let distance hinder the learning process, and create a backchannel for your audience. Provide action and request buttons learners can use to grab your attention. Q&A pods and chat boxes can become a space where learners can ask questions, while polls allow them to express their opinion effectively. All of these features empower learners to not lose interest while keeping the flow of the session intact.
4. Leverage Asynchronous Activities
All learners approach their subject matter differently. Some rely on the knowledge they pick up during the live session, while others prefer to work on extra material in between conferences. Cater to the latter group by offering them access to asynchronous activities. Add to your content library games, simulations, or surveys that they can complete at their own pace. You can even take advantage of LMS integrations to create extra content and track learner progress. Asynchronous activities allow learners to practice in their own time and better retain information.
Digital learning solutions are becoming empowering tools for educators. They allow them to achieve better time management, be in control of their virtual classrooms and live events, as well as work on their personal and professional growth. At the same time, online conferencing tools provide educators with tools that can spark learner engagement by promoting social learning, two-way communication, and asynchronous learning. Are you ready to see Adobe Connect in action?
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