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What is online education?

Also known as online learning, online courses, and e-learning

Online learning is the process of delivering educational content or curriculum on a given topic to people through an online website, course, or Learning Management System (LMS).

Online learning is well suited to students of all ages, particularly in a hybrid learning environment that includes both live and self-directed instruction and online and in-person engagement with educators, trainers, and fellow learning participants.

Online courses benefit students and employees by supporting improved learning outcomes and career growth and upskilling.

Online education involves developing course content, sharing it with learners, and potentially, evaluating their learning through assessments like tests or projects.

Online education tools might include video conferencing, breakout rooms, discussion boards, slide decks, and interactive activities, all aimed at helping a range of learners establish a strong understanding of the topics being taught.

Research shows that students have a range of different learning styles and preferences, where differentiated learning and inclusive and accessible practices can significantly improve learning outcomes.

Bloom’s taxonomy

Bloom’s taxonomy is a hierarchical model of classifying educational objectives, building from remembering to understanding, applying to analyzing, evaluating and, finally, creating.

  1. Remembering: recall facts and basic concepts
  2. Understanding: explain ideas or concepts
  3. Applying: use information situationally
  4. Analyzing: draw connections among ideas
  5. Evaluating: make and defend judgments
  6. Creating: product new or original work on the topic

Instructional design practices help accelerate higher-order thinking for course participants to move beyond remembering and understanding toward application, analysis, and more.

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Communities of practice

Communities of practice are an effective way to enhance online learning and self-directed learning by allowing learners to explore content and practice new skills together. Such communities have been shown to increase student satisfaction and retention (Leong, 2011) in e-learning programs.

Reference: Leong, P. (2011). Role of Social presence and Cognitive Absorption in Online Learning Environments. *Distance Education* , *32* (1), 5-28. doi: 10.1080/01587919.2011.565495

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Differentiated learning

Differentiated learning is a philosophy of teaching that involves the idea that a teacher should avoid only teaching one way to the entire class. Instead, each student needs to be engaged in different ways based on their preferences, strengths, and weaknesses.

Online courses are particularly well suited to support differentiated learning by offering multiple modes of learning, self-directed learning, and more accessible and varied access to learning materials.

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Individual Education Plan (IEP)

An individual education plan is a document that schools use to establish and define accommodations for students with disabilities.

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Instructional design

Instructional Design is the planning, development, and creation of educational materials and curricula.

Using principles of Bloom’s taxonomy, differentiated learning, universal design for learning (UDL), and other methods, an Instructional Designer, Curriculum Designer, and/or Educator—along with subject matter expert(s) (SMEs)—develop lesson plans, assessments, materials, and collaborative activities that, together, help improve learning outcomes for course participants.

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Learning Management System (LMS)

Also known as Learning Management Software

A Learning Management System, or LMS, is a platform or software used to deliver educational content to students. Using an LMS allows course content to be displayed and can enable activities and exams, interactive discussions, course management and tracking learner progress.

There are many different LMS platforms, including:

  • D2L
  • Thinkific
  • Blackboard
  • Canvas
  • Acorn
  • Google Classroom
  • Moodle
  • Schoology
  • Edmodo
  • 360Learning
  • Cornerstone

Say Yeah’s inclusive and accessible online education solutions work within and without of leading learning management systems. Let’s connect to explore how we can support you in improving learning outcomes for your organization.

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Self-regulated learning

Self-regulated learning involves students building and using strategies such as metacognition, time management, and critical thinking in their learning in a classroom. These strategies are strongly correlated (Wong, 2018) to more success in an online education environment.

Reference: Wong, J., Baars, M., Davis, D., Van Der Zee, T., Houben, G., & Paas, F. (2018). Supporting Self-Regulated Learning in Online Learning Environments and MOOCs: A Systematic Review. International Journal Of Human-Computer Interaction, 35 (4-5), 356-373. doi:10.1080/10447318.2018.1543084

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Universal Design for Learning is a methodology for structuring lesson planning and classroom management around equity and accessibility to that all students can feel included and supported by classroom activities, assignments, and the overall process of learning. UDL’s components, Engagement, Representation, and Action & Expression are based off of the neuroscience of learning.

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