Online Learning Trends

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A graduate of Harvard University with an EdM in school leadership, Cory Olcott has taught at multiple schools in Massachusetts and California. Cory Olcott is particularly interested in online learning, a field that is constantly evolving. Following are few trends that are changing the online learning landscape.

Smarter use of data. The prevalence of data in today’s e-learning environment allows teachers to use data to tailor instruction according to each student’s needs. Educators can use students’ test results to fine-tune their lessons and help students in areas where they struggle.

Two-way communication. Educators have the ability to gather feedback on the content they deliver. Teachers can leverage surveys and questionnaires to ask students about areas in which they need assistance. Teachers can then adapt their strategies to meet students’ needs.

Microlearning. A strategy that recently has grown exponentially, microlearning allows students to learn on their own schedule and at their own pace. Microlearning emphasizes content delivery in short, focused sessions to maintain students’ attention and help them master specific concepts.

Advantages of Online Learning

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Cory Olcott is the dean of sophomore class, director of student activities, and an English instructor at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School. One of Cory Olcott’s professional interests is online learning.

Online learning comes with several benefits, including enhanced class discussions. Online courses usually include discussion forums in which students must participate. Gaining knowledge and understanding of classmates’ views is one aspect of the discussion board. During an in-person class, it sometimes can be hard to ascertain the views of an introverted student who does not speak up during discussions. This person may express themselves more openly in an online setting.

Online classes also help with the development of virtual communication skills. As individuals interact online, it’s quite easy for students misunderstand the tone the other person is trying to project, given a lack of facial expressions, vocal intonation, and gestures. With experience, however, students can learn to effectively communicate via online platforms.