Teaching in the digital age can be challenging. With both the emergence of technologies being introduced into education as well as students’ growing digital literacy, some teachers may find it difficult and even intimidating to incorporate digital platforms in their classrooms. Virtual learning environments make this task easier. We at Quickclass believe that VLEs are most effective when paired with traditional education formulas, incorporating this platform into your students’ curriculums. Here are three methods worth considering to make the most out of your VLE.
1 – Using a VLE to open communication and improve collaboration
A fear that often plagues teachers when introducing VLEs in their curriculum is losing student engagement. However, VLEs and other digital education platforms can help increase communication between teachers and their students as well as boost peer collaboration and activity.
With forum and chat room functions on VLEs, teachers are able to provide another platform for students to get in touch and voice their questions or concerns. VLEs also allow teachers to give their students in depth assessment feedback without taking up class time. Between classes and work, many students find it difficult to dedicate time to meeting up in groups. VLE forums also allow students come together for group projects and activities online instead of needing to always find a way to meet within their often busy schedules.
2 – Setting clear expectations
Digital technology and VLEs allow you as a teacher to set out clear guidelines for your students and help outline your expectations of your class. By integrating a VLE into your curriculum you are given the perfect opportunity to set clear expectations for your students. By setting lesson outlines as well as stating desired project outcomes, your students are able to clearly appreciate what’s required from a certain project or assignment. VLEs are also great portals for uploading practice exams and previous assessments so your students can fully gauge what they should be aiming for. You can also upload class schedules and entire curriculums so students can stay on top of their timetables and know what to expect throughout an academic year which not only allows for a better learning experience but also ensures awareness of your expectations.
3 – Using data to guide learning
Educators are generally advised to base their lessons on data. It can be increasingly difficult to flesh out lesson plans when each student varies in learning practice and preference. Here, a VLE comes in handy. By uploading further resources for your class, each student can decide on their preferred method of learning by accessing the tools you provide digitally in addition to the lessons and information you deliver in class, creating a well rounded experience for your students. By supplying your students with supplemental information, you also allow them to continue expanding their learning outside the classroom as well as feel they are more actively involved in their own educations.
VLEs are a wonderful way to supplement many already successful teaching models. Students can find a nurturing and collaborative environment online and can access it from anywhere, whether at school, home or even on the go.