Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones are becoming widespread in classrooms around the world, from elementary school to higher education. However, technology alone isn’t enough for learning: it is only a medium, and thus it requires software and content. Therefore, technology creates the possibility of offering courses with updated multimedia and interactive content that serve as a digital extension to your trainings. Traditional teaching cannot compete with the flexibility and variety of these types of courses.
With e-learning courses, the syllabus can be updated day by day in order to adapt to each student’s specific needs. You can track the progress of each student and group in real time and prepare entire reports. Tests taken through the LMS platforms are instantly assessed right where the courses are developed, saving teachers a lot of time.
Education is constantly evolving and adjusting to the new technology and media paradigm that encompasses all areas of life: educational, work and social. Students themselves are more receptive and insist on interactive content and more active and participatory activities. In addition, academic studies support that a Blended Learning approach supports assessment activities and increases levels of student engagement.
In the article “Student Engagement and Blended Learning: Making the Assessment Connection,” Norman Vaughan of Mount Royal University (Canada) states the following:
“This article demonstrates how collaborative learning applications and a blended approach to learning can be used to design and support assessment activities that increase levels of student engagement with course concepts, their peers, faculty and external experts, leading to increased student success and satisfaction.
You can read the entire study here. (Vaughan N. (2014). “Student Engagement and Blended Learning: Making the Assessment Connection.” Education Sciences, 2014-4, 247-267.)
If we take all these considerations into account, the benefits of implementing mixed learning methods using a digital extension for support inside and/or outside the classroom is evident.
Dexway, the leader of the e-learning industry, offers digital extensions, courses and materials to supplement its most comprehensive classes on the market.
The main reasons why you need a digital extension
We know that going digital is not easy, but in light of the digital age, it is necessary in order to stay competitive, profitable and offer high- quality services.
Based on our extensive experience in the e-learning industry (more than 40 years), these are the main reasons why schools, universities and language centers are choosing to support their classes with supplements and digital courses:
#1 Student expectations
Students insist on digitalizing education with interactive activities, multimedia content, etc., and they choose centers that can offer them access to virtual environments with these types of materials.
The Internet is a changing medium that is constantly growing and developing. Both training companies and educational centers need to evolve on a daily basis and adapt, to provide a lasting offer that is modern and of quality. Something that, fortunately, is simple to carry out, since the digitization of the content facilitates its continuous renewal.
#2 It improves the effectiveness of classes offered
The blended learning method is synonymous with success in a very high percentage of centers where it is implemented. We at Dexway guarantee success due to our high-quality solutions that adapt to your needs and contain content structured in accordance with the CEFR.
Retention rates of e-learning are between 25 and 60% (for the 8-10% presented by face-to-face education); or that with the online methodology it takes between 40% and 60% less time to study a specific material, compared to learning that takes place in the classroom.
#3 Solve any problems with creating groups.
Supplements help to create groups of students that are at all different levels in centers and language schools. Allow greater flexibility and implement methods that take advantage of face-to-face learning to promote the social aspect of learning.
#4 Respect each student’s work pace.
This is the perfect answer for students who struggle to keep up since they can work on their own outside the classroom for as long as they need. And since the materials are appealing and entertaining, students will stay interested in the course.
Unlike face-to-face education where the trainer gives the lesson and cannot listen to it again (unless it is recorded and posted on a virtual campus-style platform), in online education the option of repeating the syllabus helps students to truly master a language. Few people learn new foreign language lessons on the first try.
#5 It improves course management
… And the whole administrative aspect through the use of LMS platforms (Learning Management System). Easily manage the registration process, automatically create tests, schedule performance reports to assess your students’ progress…
#6 It allows content customization.
Dexway Idiomas solutions allow teachers to adapt online courses to their teaching methods, add new material, reorganize the syllabus and create a fully customized course in which the center can show off its character and differentiate itself from the competition.
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