Choosing the Right Virtual Learning Environment for Your Organization

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Whether you’re a school administrator trying to teach K-12 students remotely or the CEO of a large company looking to conduct online training, choosing the right virtual learning environment (or VLE) is essential. A great VLE makes it easier to engage learners, leading to better outcomes and more motivated students. Virtual learning software can also make learning more accessible to learners who have physical disabilities that could make navigating a brick-and-mortar educational institution difficult. Investing in a VLE is more affordable than managing the logistics of in-person training as well, and you can generally collect real-time data on learner performance that you couldn’t in person. 

How do you know which virtual learning environment is the right fit for your organization? That’s a great question, and Turning has the answer. We are an experienced education facilitator that has been transforming traditional learning models into active learning engagement since 2002. We’ve leveraged everything we’ve learned over the years to create Dojo360, a learning engagement platform designed with the needs of learners and instructors in mind. This singular product leverages our e³ philosophy (equity, evidence, and engagement) to make learning more effective for learners, instructors, and administrators. 

What Features Should I Look for in a Virtual Learning Environment?

Every virtual learning program has to make educational materials accessible to everyone. Likewise, it must include engagement tools to help learners focus on course content when there are countless distractions vying for their attention. Finally, it must keep track of key data points to help stakeholders make data-based decisions for their learners. Here is a list of six features that Dojo360 uses to accomplish all of these things and more:

  1. On-Demand Learning
  2. Learners are busy people, so it’s important to let them access educational resources on their terms to promote engagement. Dojo360 can be accessed anywhere with a reliable internet connection and on any device, allowing learners to choose how they want to learn. Learners can also access resources as often as they like to promote information retention. 

  3. Support for Synchronous and Asynchronous Learners
  4. Some courses work best when multiple students are learning together, such as company-wide compliance training. Others function best as self-paced assignments that learners can complete on their own time, and still others demand a blend of both approaches. Dojo360 supports live streaming and virtual meeting rooms to deliver a remote classroom experience while also enabling asynchronous learners to access those synchronous meetings on-demand, ensuring equity in education. 

  5. Collaboration Tools
  6. Online learners commonly cite feeling isolated as one of the biggest downsides of working on a VLE, but Dojo360 fixes that problem with a multitude of communication tools. Live chat, message boards, and breakaway rooms allow students to communicate in real-time regardless of their proximity. Shy students may even be more willing to participate in class since they won’t need to raise their hand, promoting engagement. 

  7. Multimedia Authoring
  8. Passive education isn’t all that effective, so Dojo360 gives instructors a variety of tools to make lessons more engaging. For example, audio and video files can add some pizzazz to dry topics such as macroeconomics. Interactive polls and exercises can also be incorporated to ensure that learners focus on course content. If you have already created engaging course content on an LMS, you can integrate it with Dojo360 and continue to use it. 

  9. Onboard Analytics
  10. Teachers generally administer assessments at the end of a chapter and take them home for grading, forcing students to wait a long time to learn how they did. Dojo360 grades assessments immediately and makes the results available on intuitive instructor dashboards, providing the evidence instructors need to help their learners overcome obstacles. 

  11. Accessibility
  12. Educational materials on Dojo360 are accessible seven days a week so learning always fits into a busy lifestyle. We also meet or exceed all WCAG 2.0 standards, so learning differences won’t prevent a learner from picking up new skills or keeping up with their peers. That is equity in education!

What Other Benefits Can a Virtual Learning Program Provide?

If your organization offers a lot of courses, a great virtual learning environment such as Dojo360 can improve efficiency by storing them all in one convenient hub. Instructors can also share course materials, making it easier for students to develop critical thinking skills by drawing connections between courses. 

If you would like to learn more about Dojo360 and how it works, we’re happy to help. We strongly believe that it is one of the best virtual learning environment products on the market today!

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