Nowadays, if we want to learn, there are many opportunities available. The teaching-learning process is constantly changing with the development of technology. Beyond traditional education, more and more people prefer the opportunities offered by online education, which can also make learning more effective. In this journal, by our colleague, Lívia Hosszú, you can read briefly about whether it is possible to create an effective online learning environment and, if so, how it can be created.
Defining the Learning Environment
The learning process, where the student encounters the educational content and related learning activities, can take place in a traditional classroom setting or in an online environment. However, it is important to keep in mind that each learning environment has its own characteristics.
While the traditional environment refers mostly to classroom settings, in the online learning environment the entire process of learning, the interactions, and the communication takes place completely online. During classroom instruction, the student can immediately ask any questions about the topic, in an online environment, e.g., a forum can be created to fulfil this role.
Is It Possible to Create an Effective Online Learning Environment? If So, Then How?
During content development, our goal is to ensure that the completed e-learning course material is efficient and effective, and that the students are satisfied. To reach this goal, we need to create an online learning environment in which, on the one hand, the student can achieve his learning objectives, and on the other hand, he can do it in such a way that he can stay motivated during the learning process.
But how can we achieve this? You may also have the same question. Below you find some steps that can help:
Using an Educational Planning Model
Examples: ADDIE model: a 5-step learner-centred model whose steps are:
Klippe 5C model: click here to read more about the model.
During Planning, Think About
Student Behaviour – Who Is Sitting in Front of the Screen?
The student is a key player in the development process, so as the first step of the content development process, let’s find out who we are preparing the content for, what prior knowledge they have, and what age they are.
After gathering information, at the start of the planning, do not forget that our future students will complete the course in an online learning environment, which is, compared to a traditional educational environment, characterized by a different form of student behaviour. What are we talking about?
In an online environment, learning is not limited to place and time, students in front of the screen follow individual learning paths, have different attitudes, motivations, objectives, different knowledge, experiences, and time management. During the development, to achieve efficiency and effectiveness, you should not only focus on the content of the course material and a user-friendly interface, but you also have to take into account the student behaviour of the target group.
5 Methodological Tips That Are Worth Paying Attention to During Development
Having read the previous thoughts you can see that in order to create effective e-learning content for our students, we need to pay attention to several important steps. We would like to provide you with additional practical help and share some useful methodological tips: