How do you make online learning effective?
Online learning has existed for a number of years and has expanded greatly from language learning programs to mass university lectures (known as MOOCs) and distance learning qualifications. The effectiveness of online learning can be measured by the extent to which its purpose has been met and aims achieved. If you want to transmit information, a filmed lecture or lesson is fine, but if you want each child to make progress individually, that approach does not work.
As Professor John Hattie, the Australian educator, has shown in his research, the most important influence on learning is quality feedback. Feedback is absolutely crucial to learning. When we are teaching children in school, the focus is on the individual child and their progress. That is why feedback on each child’s targets is so important. By using a variety of methods and strategies – video modelling approaches, initial filmed explanations, varying stimuli, instant audio feedback and answers for individual student questions – we can affect positively each child’s progress even when they aren’t physically at school.
In addition, the approaches to learning expected in the IB Diploma are introduced from Year 7 upwards in the Callido program, which benchmarks where each student is in relation to the approaches while then advising on and measuring progress. This particularly develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills effectively.
Teachers monitor responses and add feedback while creating new learning content with Nearpod, which allows questions and instant feedback to be inserted.
Most recently, we have rolled out Century Tech, an award-winning A.I. teaching and learning platform from Year 3 to 9 to support learning at home. It uses artificial intelligence, neuroscience and learning science about the best way the brain and the person learns to provide constantly adapting pathways to improve learning. This platform also gives teachers powerful assessment data.