I still remember how difficult it was to learn Algebra; the theorems and algorithms were a nightmare. Until the day our teacher brought a projector in the class and made learning a fun activity to grasp difficult concepts. The activities taught us the same thing that the teacher was trying to teach via the traditional method. But the only difference was attention and concentration. The visuals in the video have made learning simple and intuitive. The key reason was “STUDENT ENGAGEMENT”.
Student engagement refers to the degree of attention, passion, interest and optimism that students show when they are being taught. Educational technology is helping educators create and present content that is interesting and relevant to the students in real time. But as every student learns new things at their own pace, blending digital content with “personalized learning” approach helps achieve the goal of student engagement.
Importance of appropriate online lessons in today’s education
The best way to provide beneficial online lessons to your students is by providing them the personalized information. The Internet is packed with online lessons, but there is no surety of the quality and relevancy of the content. Your online lesson should be helpful for each student, so keep your content distinctive as per the needs of the students. If you want to create an effective online learning experience for your students then creating a personalized experience is of worth.
Online lessons are beloved by the students because of the anytime, anywhere availability and unlimited recaps. But to provide an engaging online experience for the students is not easy. Students’ minds are very spry; they get distracted in a matter of seconds. Your online lesson should be engaging enough to retain the students.
I have a list of some basic key factors that can make an online lesson interactive and engaging.
How to make online lessons engaging?
To create an engaging online experience you will require a set of features for your lessons. Make sure your online learning material should have the following features to support the engaging learning experience.
Adaptive and personalized lessons:
The lessons and its design-thinking driven plan for each student should be based on its previous accomplishments, assessments and practice activities. A teaching method is helpful in learning only when it is capable of adapting the needs of its learner. Adaptive learning with a personalized learning experience is promoting student engagement.
Active and thought provoking information:
Text-based learning without the interactive elements makes the learning a mechanical process. Such traditional methods don’t entice students to be attentive. Moreover, students don’t have any intensive to be a proactive learner. When study content is engaging and thought provoking, students get engaged with information and grasp the new learning with ease.
Thought-provoking lessons to connect the dots of what students have learned in the class and their general understanding of other concepts derived from the surroundings. Another way of creating an active lesson is storytelling; connect your lesson with a good storyline and your students will love it.
Highly visual instructions:
Highly-visual and well-designed lessons capture student’s attention and provide the best engaging experience. Provide relevant visuals like explanatory diagrams, short videos, GIF, etc. Make sure your content has enough interactive visuals and content for students to stay glued.
These approaches when integrated precisely with your online digital content infuse immense engagement. Following is the list of tips that can help you through your online lessons.
Tips for creating an engaging online experience:
• Keep the lesson clear, concise and easily digestible.
• Make it as interactive as possible.
• Use message boards to spark decisions.
• Give students an opportunity to recap and revise.
• Incorporate examples to create a connection.
• Reward learner’s achievement.
To keep your learners engaged you will require providing various types of learning experiences within one classroom. Keep your lesson interactive enough to retain your students. Remember that, technology is the key to engagement and personalized learning is the door. You’ll have to walk through the door to enter into the world of digital education.
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