COVID-19 series: 5 tips for meaningful digital learning
Digital learning platforms powered by social learning provides the opportunity to maintain and develop meaningful communities and offer an outlet to maintain the connections that we as humans need.
Never before has it been as evident that we need to create and sustain meaningful communities using digital tools as it is now. These digital communities will allow us to inspire each other, communicate with each other and learn together. During COVID-19 and a forced and rapid move towards digital learning, learning platforms will prove to be a fundamental and entirely necessary tool for achieving continued learning and community engagement.
Digital learning platforms powered by social learning provides the opportunity to maintain and develop meaningful communities and offer an outlet to maintain the connections that we as humans need. Simply put, our educational growth should not be stunted and we should not isolate ourselves. It is important that we continue to interact and learn together digitally.
In this post, we’ve gathered 5 tips for you, the educators, who are facing a great challenge in securing the learning progression and engagement of your students during a time where, quite simply, everything has changed:
1. Be visible to your students
Since teaching has now been moved to the digital space, it is very important for your students to feel that you are still there. This can be as simple as sending direct messages to your class, to participate in written debates and to allow your personality as a teacher to very clearly shine through in your digital courses.
2. Make it possible for your students to engage with each other in a learning context
It’s important for your students to focus on the educational content and debate, communicate and cooperate around that content in an easy and intuitive manner. On CanopyLAB, every course has a forum on which the students can share knowledge and discuss the actual subject – and you as a teacher can follow and participate in that debate.
3. Create courses that your students can complete at their own pace
Many homes are currently full of parents and siblings that have all been forced to go home. For this reason, it’s not always possible for young learners to follow their classes at a specific time, or at the same tempo as others, even if they wanted to. Therefore, developing courses with different options for tempo, level of knowledge, learning preferences and interests is a good idea. CanopyLAB will help guide you through this.
4. Give your students the option of informal learning
There is now both the option and need for individuals to take control of their learning process. There is both time and space for students to dive deep into other subjects and perspectives other than the mandatory. Support this by putting together short courses that your students can get into on their own, based on their own initiative. The LAB, CanopyLAB’s open learning platform, offers many courses consisting of a wide variety of different subjects that your students can engage with and learn about immediately.
5. Be inspired by current affairs
That the world has become smaller and more tightly connected is blindingly obvious to everyone at this time. Use this as a springboard for your courses, and relate to this current reality together with your students.
The CanopyLAB social learning platform makes it possible for schools and educational institutions to follow engaging courses, communicate, interact and collaborate directly on the platform. As a response to COVID-19, we have donated our platform to all Danish educational institutions for the next 6 months to secure the learning progression of all students.
Please contact us for more information.