Thursday, December 27

Top Notch Tips on Supporting and Enhancing Online Education

According to an investigation conducted by the Sloan Consortium, approximately 4 million students took part in at least one online conference towards the closing stages of 2007, showing a 12 percent increase from its preceding year. With the advancement of the Internet, education has reached an all new level – from elementary to post-graduation, students can now learn from the comfort of their own homes.  

Online education is undeniably one of the most convenient tools for apprentices to earn an important degree. While normal classroom settings require pupils to arrive at a specific location or take classes at a specific time, online education takes place due to the availability of the computer and the internet and can be accessed from anyplace around the world. Whereas some organizations offer complete online degree courses, there are others who offer partial online education.
  • Opponents of online education show concerns regarding the lack of face-to-face interaction. Nevertheless, by incorporating different multimedia tools, it’s possible for you to provide interactive sessions that give a tough competition to those offered in the classroom. You may also make use of online tools to improve classroom-based education.
  • Consider sharing your voice with podcasts. Note down a brief script on your chosen subject and record it using a microphone, computer and a sound reviser. You can also download a free sound editor from the internet. Make use of an audio-sharing site to share your recorded voice. Students will be able to download the podcast to their MP3 players and study while they exercise or drive.
  • Get students engaged with video. You can record a lesson using a video camera and send it into a video editor on your PC. iMovie for Mac and Microsoft MovieMaker for Windows are built-in their respective operating systems (OS). Make use of transitions to connect several video clips under one project. Give titles or subtitles using the text tool. Now, export the video and upload your session to a video-sharing website, such as YouTube. Video editors can send the video directly to the video-sharing website.
  • Start a class blog. Get registered with a free blog host, for example WordPress or Blogger. Upload resources relevant to the syllabus and encourage students to discuss them in the open online platform. You can also ask students to sign up for different blogs, where they can write down their personal views on coursework.
  • Organize a meeting using web conferencing software. With Web conferencing, you can host an interactive session where all pupils can have an online conference. Get registered for a free web conferencing account and download the essential software. Arrange a meeting and provide all candidates with the date, time and sign-in details of the conference. Share Powerpoint presentations, streaming audio or web pages. Students can interact via phone, text chat or voice chat.

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