Blended learning and self-learning models are an excellent solution to make your language centers and schools profitable. Implementing virtual campuses allows centers to offer more classes with the same amount of classrooms, schedules and teachers. To establish these solutions, it is necessary to have a web learning platform to access the courses and manage them. By implementing an LMS, or Learning Management System, you automatically gain competitive advantages such as saving time when it comes to managing the center and offering flexibility and new opportunities to students.
Dexway, CAE’s language division, has spent years working with learning centers and language schools so they can get the most out of their resources. Our goal is for your center to grow, making more efficient use of its limiting factors (number of classrooms, number of teachers and schedules) by implementing educational platforms specialized in languages.
Different ways to use learning solutions online with Dexway
E-learning platforms with virtual classrooms (VCR) along with Dexway courses allow you to choose between different learning solutions that adapt to the needs and expected growth of each center. Whether it’s used as a support for face-to-face classes, as a fully online self-learning course or as a hybrid method of face-to-face and online sessions, Dexway has the solution that meets your needs.
A virtual campus allows you to expand your course offerings and make your language center profitable with the following three ways:
#1 As a classroom supplement
it provides teachers with support for face-to-face classes using interactive content while still allowing them to be in charge and decide on any course changes to better suit the curriculum (or textbook) and making resources available when it is deemed appropriate, so that students follow the pace the teacher sets.
#2 As a fully online self-learning course with monitoring.
Tutors can keep track of student progress and assessments with comprehensive progress reports that allow them to detect and help any students who are falling behind.
#3 As a hybrid or blended method, online course + online or offline face-to-face classes.
It is so important to have a good management system that automates all of your processes (such as reserving classes and making sure they get invoiced) through a system that is reliable, scalable and capable of providing quality service to students. This third method allows language centers to establish online or offline face-to-face classes that are meant to be combined with an online Dexway course. This way, students can study at their own pace with immersive, interactive and entertaining content and when they have completed a certain number of lessons, they have the opportunity to practice with face-to-face classes. Classroom hours can be either offline (the student goes to the center at a scheduled meeting time) or online through the course’s virtual classroom. Both modalities can be offered for group classes or individual classes.
These classes may or may not be mandatory, depending on the center. If they are mandatory, this means that students can not advance in a course until they attend class, so the center is in control of each student’s progress.
However, many centers do not make these online or offline classes mandatory since they would need more teaching staff and thus lose some of their profitability. In our experience, when classes are voluntary, the attendance rate is less than 50% of enrolled students. This does not mean that these students learn less or lose interest. In the classes where you are free to select group or individual, students in levels A1 and A2 do not reach 50%. Levels C1 and higher are taught the most because students in levels C1 and C2 are usually studying for certificates and they are more interested and confident.
Dexway courses are designed so that the student continually progresses while staying motivated. In addition, Dexway Analytics informs teachers in detail of each student and group’s progress so that they can set up reinforcement exercises if needed or contact students in case they are having difficulties understanding the subject or even help prevent dropouts.