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Online courses are often boring as they consist primarily of text, limiting access to some student learning styles. Somme innovation and creative ideas can make online classes more accessible to all types of learners.
FREMONT, CA: All learners are not the same, and their learning habits are also different. Some are visual learners, and others are either social learners or auditory learners. That is why many online students become frustrated when they are confronted with a course consisting mainly of text and random images. However, with creativity, instructors can create classes that work with most learning styles.
Here is how to develop online courses for all learning styles:
Some learners enjoy working with others, so this kind of person would prefer social learning. These students may feel isolated during courses online, so here are some ways to reach social learning students:
• An introductory forum can be created where the learners get to know each other using one thread.
• The single-threaded idea can become boring again, so some activities can be developed where students have to fulfill a task together.
• There are many web-based online meeting spaces available like Adobe Acrobat for Sakai or Wimba for Blackboard, which gives free 40-minute synchronous sessions. These can be beneficial for social learning.
The other type of learners is visual learners; they prefer to have access to visual aids in the online classroom, as opposed to reading only text. To make learning more interesting for visual learners, educators can add charts, images, and so on in lessons. Here are some other tips to assist visual learners in the classroom:
• Creating a forum where learners can outline an assignment and allow them to color-code their outlines. This helps visual learners categorize their thoughts and helps them understand the main points of reading or an assignment.
• This will save the time and effort of the learners as they can see what due each week instead of having to read lengthy explanations of the weekly requirements is.
The people who are fond of audio learning cannot study in an environment consisting solely of text. Here are some simple solutions for them:
• Try to create classroom lectures and upload it to YouTube. This is the best and comfortable way for auditory learners to learn things.
• In these lectures, offer an "Easter egg." That is, within the video, mention an assignment or a fun task. It makes learning within the classroom enjoyable for the student, and this way, students are more likely to watch the videos.