Finding e-Learning hotspots in your subject

The e-Learning Advantages

Concepts that are difficult to visualise/understand

Learner's evaluative skills can be developed through activities based on online resources prior to face to face sessions.
Peer to peer learning using collaborative tools such as virtual learning environments can encourage reflection and evaluation beyond the scope of class time. Web 2.0 online tools such as e-Portfolios, Wikis, and Blogs provide new opportunities for collaborative learning and scope for learners to use different digital media to record and develop their own learning experience.

Ideas that can be explored through different scenarios

Online scenarios using digital resources provide engaging activities that stimulate learning and help learners to retain concepts.
Learners unable to participate in face to face group activities can still enjoy the benefits of problem based learning through the use of simulation, animation and online discussion boards.
Online activities and virtual worlds can reflect real life situations where skills and understanding can be tested safely.

Boring aspects of the topic that need to be made more exciting

Using simple to tools to produce learning materials means that teaching staff can build short sequences of activities to keep all learners whatever their preferred learning style actively engaged and challenged while working on relevant material. A variety of activities can be integrated into one sequence to develop a full range of skills.

Helping learners with difficult skills

Learners can control the pace and place of learning which can both support and extend learning. Online assessment tests and quizzes can provide learners with opportunities for reinforcement and can give immediate feedback in a non-judgemental way. Mind mapping software, for example, can help learners to visualise the relationships between concepts and to structure lines of arguments which in turn enhances achievement and confidence.

Producing materials to match different learning styles

Online resources can support different learning styles and provide a more self paced learning experience. Media rich resources can provide more efficient learning when linked with face to face sessions in a blended approach and individual learners can be more easily supported by using a range of different resources. The use of images and audio files can support the understanding of difficult concepts and the increasing the learners active participation may have an impact on their ability to learn and may improve retention and achievement.

Making stimulus materials for introducing a topic

The teaching practitioner as expert scopes the learning outcomes and creates and manages resources for learners. They may devise and develop interactive resources and will lead & facilitate discussion either face to face or using online discussion tools.

Helping with revision for a topic

Learners develop their understanding through formative assessment. Online formative assessments are available to learners anytime, anywhere and can offer instant feedback and opportunities to reinforce learning. Learners will gain more confidence and increase learners' responsibility for their own learning.

Providing Key course documents which learners always mislay

  1. Scheme of work
  2. Assignment dates
  3. Course handbook
  4. Assignment templates