FAST-PACED AND DYNAMIC ELEARNING

WHY ELEARNING SHOULD BE FAST-PACED AND DYNAMIC?

The Importance of Fast-Paced and Dynamic eLearning

There are several areas in which eLearning differs greatly to teaching in a classroom. Some of these present advantages, others offer problems that need to be considered when devising and presenting an eLearning course. One of the biggest problems is keeping the students interested, another is giving them the incentive to log on and learn.

Many who take advantage of an eLearning course will be doing so as it can be studied in their own time. This means they don’t want to be putting large segments of time aside to learn. They want it delivered quickly and in an engaging and informative way. Hence the importance of fast-paced and dynamic learning. What do we mean by this? Here’s a bit more detail.

Fast-Paced eLearning

By fast-paced we mean getting to the point quickly and in an informative manner. No matter the subject you are teaching, when in an eLearning environment it is important to cut to the chase. Do away with any ‘filler’ that may be involved in the classroom element. Cut the sessions down to short and informative segments to attend to the problem of attention span.

An eLearning student wants a session that they can fit in when they have a few minutes to spare. You might want to cut an hour-long lecture down into four or five sections. The advantage of this is that at the end of each section you can ensure the student comes away with something that is of value to them. Also, as it is a short session, they can re-run it in their own time. By giving them the information they want and need quickly, you are giving them a reason to complete the course.

Dynamic eLearning

A dynamic approach is important in eLearning. For example, let’s say you’re teaching Shakespeare. You could simply tell your students to read Hamlet and then write about it. Many tutors do, in the classroom environment, and this is an example of static learning. In truth, it teaches very little other than what is on the page.

A dynamic approach could be to give the students a certain section from the play – even if it is a particular speech – and use it as the basis of your short session. You could show it via video, so the student can watch it more than once. Then, you could perhaps ask them to rewrite it in a modern setting, for example. Or to explain it in a set number of words. This is dynamic, and engaging, as it involves the students more than simply reading words.

Dynamic eLearning is about interaction and involvement. It is engaging and enjoyable. The above is just one simple example. You might ask your students to set a questionnaire, or for an arts course to design a product. It’s about giving them the incentive to become involved, and to learn in the process.

eLearning is a fast-growing medium and on that will take a firm hold, and dynamic teaching is essential for student engagement.

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