Interactive Teaching for Better Learning Outcomes

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Most great teachers rely on interactive teaching to help their students reach their full potential. The premise of interactive teaching is simple: learners tend to get bored if their instructor is lecturing at them as one-way communication leads to a passive learning environment. The key to an interactive teaching strategy is to facilitate two-way communication, allowing learners to actively engage with the material they are learning instead of passively listening to it. There are many ways to approach interactive teaching, from group work with peers and roleplaying to open-ended questions and forced class participation. Unfortunately, even the best instructors can sometimes struggle to apply these strategies when teaching online since instructors are contending with additional distractions and less direct control over their classrooms. That’s where Dojo360 comes in. 

Dojo360 is a learning engagement platform developed by the experts at Turning to help learners in all contexts reach their goals. It’s predicated on our e³ philosophy of equity, evidence, and engagement. Equity means that all learners have the same access to educational resources whether they are attending live virtual class meetings or completing self-paced assignments. Evidence means that instructors have the empirical data they need to identify when a learner is falling behind and determine how best to resolve the situation. Finally, engagement is almost a synonym for interactive teaching. If students are actively engaged in their courses, they will end up getting more out of them. Let’s take a look at how Dojo360 leverages each of these concepts to facilitate interactive teaching!

Is Interactive Teaching Even Possible Online?

Of course it is. Modern technology allows instructors to use many of the same strategies they would use in a more traditional environment. It also facilitates several improvements to the traditional formula. Here are four of the most common obstacles and how Dojo360 addresses them:

  1. Minimal Opportunity for Learner-Instructor Interaction
  2. Some people see online learning as nothing more than prerecorded lectures and assessments for learners to sit through, but Dojo360 offers much more than that. Courses can be streamed live, facilitating the same type of communication that would take place in person. Live chat allows students to ask questions if they don’t understand something as well. 

  3. Minimal Opportunity for Learner-Learner Interaction
  4. Encouraging learners to challenge each other is a great interactive teaching strategy, but trying to do so with live chat alone would quickly get chaotic. Thankfully, Dojo360 offers Zoom-like meetings to facilitate class-wide discussion. If you want to break your learners into smaller groups, virtual meeting rooms allow smaller groups to collaborate without interference from other groups. A virtual whiteboard is also available so learners can share their work with their classmates or colleagues. 

  5. The Instructor Isn’t Aware of a Learner’s Struggles
  6. While teachers can often tell if a student is struggling in the classroom, doing so virtually can be considerably more challenging. Dojo360 allows instructors to build assessments and inline quizzes directly into their courses, allowing them to collect empirical evidence of learner performance at key points to ensure that everybody is ready to move on to the next topic. 

  7. A Learner Isn’t Interested in the Material
  8. If a learner finds a particular topic dry, their instructor can set up a personalized learning path on Dojo360 to better reach them. For example, sports statistics can make mathematics more engaging for a young sports fan, while relating seemingly abstract concepts to how a new hire could use them at work can make them seem more useful. Self-paced assignments can also be designed around a learner’s preferred learning style to promote engagement and make the educational process more efficient. 

What else can Dojo360 do to facilitate interactive teaching?

Dojo360 meets or exceeds all WCAG 2.0 standards, ensuring equity for learners who may struggle to keep up in a more traditional educational setting. Dojo360 can also integrate with LMS and LXP solutions such as Google Classroom and Moodle to facilitate hybrid and blended learning wherever and whenever learners want it. Our platform also makes life easier for instructors who are teaching multiple courses by acting as a single repository for all of their classes whether students are attending live, remotely, on-demand, or a mix of all three. 

If you’d like to learn more about Dojo360 and why we’re so passionate about making interactive teaching more accessible, we encourage you to explore its features in greater detail. You might be surprised by how easy it can be to pursue an interactive teaching strategy online!

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