Overcoming the Challenges of Remote Instruction

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The COVID-19 pandemic forced learners and instructors to quickly adjust to remote instruction, and unfortunately, the transition wasn’t as smooth as was hoped. According to research conducted by EdWeek.org, remote students generally didn’t fare as well as those in face-to-face instructional environments. Learners have more potential distractions when working remotely, and instructors have less oversight over what is going on in their classrooms. Furthermore, students from less fortunate socio-economic backgrounds and those who were already struggling in school were disproportionately affected by remote learning. Corporations and other organizations faced similar challenges when they had to train employees without the in-person meetings we’d all grown accustomed to. We are Turning, and we refuse to accept that remote instruction means inferior instruction. As such, we’ve created a learning engagement platform called Dojo360 to tackle the challenges of remote instruction head-on!

Dojo360 is predicated on our e³ philosophy of equity, evidence, and engagement because we believe that these three things are key to education in general and remote instruction in particular. We strive to ensure equity for remote learners of all backgrounds and ability levels. We strive to use evidence to identify anybody falling behind and earmark them for swift, effective corrective action. We strive to engage learners and make them feel like stakeholders in the educational process. Please continue reading to learn more about how Dojo360 can help learners pursue their full potential. 

What Makes Remote Instruction so Difficult?

Remote classroom instruction often falls short of in-person learning for several different reasons. First, it can be difficult for instructors to get students to participate in remote lessons, whether that means they’re not even logging in or treating meetings as a passive experience. Dojo360 automatically takes attendance and provides the results to instructors. If a learner isn’t showing up, their instructor will quickly be notified so that they can send reminders. 

Once learners are logged in, the next step is engagement. Dojo360 includes virtual meeting rooms that can provide the social elements of meeting in a traditional environment, allowing students to collaborate just as they would in person. Likewise, interactive elements like polls and inline quizzes can encourage students to pay attention. Instructors can even use multimedia authoring to make courses more interesting than the average lecture. 

Remote instruction with Dojo360 offers advantages over traditional lessons too. For instance, kinesthetic learners often struggle in traditional classrooms because they don’t get an opportunity to physically engage with course content. Dojo360 allows instructors to set up personalized learning paths, providing equity in education by allowing learners to approach self-paced assignments however best suits their unique learning style. Everybody is learning the same material, but how they approach it is completely different. 

How Does Dojo360 Help Facilitate Remote Classroom Instruction?

Dojo360 supports both synchronous and asynchronous learning, meaning that learners can be grouped for some topics while tackling others independently. This allows struggling learners to review older concepts on their own while still studying new topics with their classmates or colleagues. Instructors can also combine synchronous and asynchronous aspects in their courses to present more well-rounded curricula to learners. 

Experts agree that remote learning works best when everything is kept as simplistic as possible. Dojo360 offers an easy-to-use interface for both instructors and learners, ensuring that anybody can take advantage of all of the features it offers. Dojo360 also meets or exceeds all WCAG 2.0 standards, so those with learning differences can still enjoy equal access to all of the same opportunities their peers are receiving. 

Dojo360 offers many additional features as well, including LMS integrations, on-demand playback of group discussions, built-in assessment tools, whiteboard functionality, and unlimited scalability. If you would like to learn more about Dojo360 or the e³ philosophy that we used to develop it, please click on the links provided for more info. We are confident that you won’t find a better tool for your remote instruction needs!

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