The 3 Top Challenges of Online Learning and How to Overcome Them

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Education has changed a great deal in the last couple of years. Online education has become a staple for millions of students of all ages. Schools and districts and higher educational institutions heroically pulled together and implemented online learning programs with very little preparation. Now that time has passed, there has been an opportunity to evaluate the process and find out some of the greatest challenges faced by online learners. 

We’re Turning, and our Dojo360 learning engagement platform can help to mitigate many of the challenges faced by online students of all ages. While it’s been in the works for some time, our e³ philosophy takes everything we all experienced the past couple of years into account. We recognize that truly exceptional learning encompasses equity, evidence, and engagement. You can continue reading to find out how these concepts help with the top three challenges facing online learners today.

 

  1. The challenge of equity
    Equal access to resources and instructor attention is a challenge in person, but it becomes more intense when conducting classes entirely online. How does the brick-and-mortar school get textbooks and worksheets out to each student and how does the student hand them in? Obviously, this is inconvenient in an online learning environment. With Dojo360, all learning materials can be stored online and accessed from anywhere the student can access the internet. They can complete their work online and there’s no concern that they might lose assignments between completing them and handing them in. In this way, online learning can actually provide an advantage over in-person learning.

    Equity also affects the learning experience of students with differing abilities. Dojo360 meets or exceeds WCAG 2.0 standards in all areas, ensuring that each student will have an equitable learning experience no matter what their learning differences may be.

  2. The challenge of evidence
    Online learning brings up a great challenge for instructors in regards to “attendance” and assignment completion. With a classroom of 20-30 students, how can the instructor be sure each student is not only present, but also engaging with the material in a meaningful way? When in the classroom, the teacher can see who is fidgeting and daydreaming and call them back to attention. This is far more challenging to do online.

    Fortunately, Dojo360 has tools to help change the format of online learning. Rather than just having students sit and stare at a screen with an instructor lecturing for the majority of their learning time, Dojo360 allows the creation of dynamic learning modules that include multimedia presentations. This content can include embedded quiz questions as often as the instructor needs to make sure students are understanding the material. Instructors also have access to reports indicating when and for how long each student is interacting with the material and working on assignments given. All of this reporting allows teachers to intervene as soon as a student demonstrates a misunderstanding of the material. This immediate intervention can drive success and it’s based on the evidence provided in Dojo360’s powerful reporting capabilities.

  3. The challenge of engagement
    This is another challenge that is answered by switching up the format of online learning from simple Zoom-style lectures to dynamic content presented in a multimedia presentation. Dojo360 works as a content manager and can handle video, audio, PDF, PowerPoint, and many other types of files so content creators can put together micro lessons that keep the students’ attention. The embedded quizzes that serve as evidence for the instructor also serve as attention-grabbers for the student. When they know they will be questioned on the material being presented at regular intervals, they will pay closer attention because it will be relevant to them in the immediate future.

    Dojo360 also offers gamification features like badges for learning specific content or skills, leaderboards, and discussion boards. They can collaborate with other students on projects, talk about their impressions of issues being taught, and keep track of who is earning which badges and who is on top of the leaderboard each day. This can act as strong motivation to keep students interested and engaged in the content they are learning on a daily basis.

 

We’ve created Dojo360 to help meet the challenges of online, hybrid, and blended learning so you can drive successful outcomes in your students no matter where they are learning from. We invite you to learn more about Dojo360 and how we applied our e³ philosophy to help your students excel in an online learning environment.

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