High Student Dropouts? Unmotivated Learners? Try Gamification Of Your MOOC

One of the key features of a MOOC(Massive Online Open Course) is the self-study format that online students need to follow.  This requires a lot of self-motivation and self-discipline from the learner in order to successfully complete and achieve good scores in the online course. Unfortunately, a major downside of a MOOC is that often students are unable to stay motivated and the course is likely to suffer from high dropout rates. Various online studies indicate that more than 20% of online learners do not complete the courses that they sign up for.

While there may be numerous ways to deal with high dropout rates in a course, an important hook that has worked successfully to keep learners motivated is the Gamification of online learning courses.

What is Gamification?

Gamification in a MOOC can be described as a method to bring in fun and engagement to conventional learning situations. It involves using game elements and game design techniques in online classroom situations.

Gamification, when used well is a powerful tool organizations and educational institutions can use to increase motivation and engagement in their online training programs.  Through the use of specific gamification elements trainers and course creators can introduce goals, interactions, feedback, problem solving scenarios, competitions, narratives and other fun elements that can increase learner engagement and sustain motivation.

Let’s look at some of the basic Gamification elements can be applied in a MOOC context.

Leader Boards

Leaderboards showcase player rankings that are determined on the basis of the number of points earned by the players. Leaderboards give participants feedback on where they stand in relation to everyone else. In a MOOC scenario, leaderboards can be used to compare the progress of individuals as compared to others in the same course. You can build a leaderboard that ranks each member by the number of their comments, replies, queries etc.


Badges are another gamification tool that represent larger achievements and serve as publicly visible status symbol. In a MOOC course, badges can be issued for reaching specific milestones such as completing a module, submitting assignments on time, completing teamwork assignments etc.


Challenges motivate online learners to test themselves, it pushes them to grow and progress.You could suggest challenges for your learners at the end of every module or at the end of every chapter with scenarios, tasks, and experiments to see how they would apply the newly learned concepts. Most students will be compelled to take you up on a challenge, and you are likely to see a significant increase in engagement.

Unlocking Levels and Progress Bars

Similar to a game, consider locking levels or chapters in the online training program so that levels only open up when the learner has successfully reached a certain point in his progress bar.

By experimenting with various gamification techniques, you should be able to keep your students motivated and help them to engage more frequently and on a deeper level.

Have you ever used gamification in your online course? Do share your results in the comments section on this article?

The Art And Science Of Selecting The Perfect Visuals For Your Open Online Courses

In 1913, a newspaper in Ohio carried an advertisement for the Piqua Auto Supply House of Piqua using only words, not images, to invite prospective customers to see its products in their store. The caption to the ad said “One Look Is Worth A Thousand Words,”, thus inspiring the idiom – A picture is worth a thousand words. While this story may or may not be true, one cannot deny the truth in the adage.

Today, we have come to accept “a picture is worth a thousand words” as an undeniable truth because of the ability of a picture to convey so much meaning with minimum explanation. Clipsarts, gifs, charts, graphs,  vectors and other forms of image and video are considered extremely effective to convey ideas where words run the risk of falling short. Long paragraphs can be condensed, difficult concepts can be reshaped and new ideas can be visually communicated with the help of simple images and visuals. Visuals allow you to make the complex simple, thus easier to follow.

So what must one keep in mind when selecting visuals for your open online course?

1) Your Pictures Should Not Be The Focus But Should Guide Learner Focus

Your graphics are not meant to be the star of the show. They should not distract learners from what is really important – the topic of your learning materials.

The perfect image should help the students feel more immersed or motivated without drawing attention to itself.

2) Determine The Purpose Of Your Graphic.

Each visual included in an open online courses should have a purpose. It could be an educational graphic or simply an aesthetic accessory for your screen, but identifying this purpose for every graphic you use is essential. Many experts believe that visuals such as a decorative background, clever cliparts add to the aesthetic appeal and are important but the real purpose behind your graphics selection should be to help your learners with their learning experience. According to this school of thought, one should focus on the learning value of the visuals. Hence the visual elements should be limited to flowcharts, infographics, or other detailed images that illustrate a process and keep strictly decorative elements to a minimum.

3) Consistency Of Images

Credible open online courses should have a uniform look and feel. This essentially means that your selected visuals need to conform to the style of your course and need to be consistent. Using mixed visuals such as clip arts, photos and gifs together can make the page look random, confusing the learner and obstructing the learning process.

4) Always Opt For Quality Over Quantity

A common mistake made by course designers is to use an excessive amount of graphics to make up for a lack of text or to boost the visual aspect of the modules. However, experts suggest opting for quality and quantity. Using fewer relevant images can be more impactful rather than cluttering your page with images.

The use of graphics and images are a great way to create course content. Using the right visual can engage and motivate your learners to broaden their horizons as they dive into the intellectually stimulating world of online learning.

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Online Learning Platforms the Primary Preference For Learning Among Indian Employees

Rapid developments in technology coupled with increasing innovations in science and engineering, have created an increasing gap between need and availability of the skills required across the IT industry. Today, it is essential for IT professionals to update their skills in order to ensure employability in a highly competitive economic environment. However, employees are not keen to go through traditional learning program because of several reasons such as the cost, time spent away from the office, boredom etc. This is where online training platforms can play a major role in closing the prevalent skill gap among employees.

KANTAR IMRB, a leading market research company recently surveyed 568 IT professionals across the leading Indian cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, NCR, Kolkata and Ahmedabad. The study titled – Learning habits of the Indian technologist attempted to understand how an IT professional in India likes to learn, his views on various learning methods, whether he has set learning goal for himself and how it links to his personal and career growth.

The study showed that an astounding 97 percent of IT professionals agreed on the importance of building one’s technology skills and 74 percent of them have undergone learning programs in 2016 to ensure that their skills are up-to-date . For the year 2017, 48 percent of IT professionals surveyed had set learning goals for themselves linking skill upgradation to career growth and better pay.

The key learning of this study was that 69 percent of Indian IT professionals believe that the use ois more effective for learning than offline methods with almost 74 percent of IT professionals looking for freedom in what they learn rather than being directed. The study also highlighted the emergence of  new learning styles with 94 percent of IT professionals, who felt that personalization of learning experience, 93 percent who felt that byte-sized learning and 92 percent who felt that adaptive online assessments were new learning trends  that would greatly impact learning in next two years.

With online training platform becoming increasingly popular, Google and KPMG also recently released a joint report titled; ‘Online Education in India: 2021. The report revealed that the online education industry is expected grow at a healthy rate of 8x, to become a $1.96 billion industry by 2021. The report that covered over 3,600 respondents across 27 geographies including metros and non-metros revealed that over the last two years, there had been a 2x growth in online searches for education in India and a 3X growth in searches from a mobile device. Highlighting the segment wise growth in the online education space, the report said that re-skilling and online certification is currently the largest sector that is expected to grow at a CAGR of 38% to reach $463 million by 2021 from the  93 million in 2016.

The Six Commandments Of Learning In An Online Education Platform

Last week, we spoke about the six commandments essential for teaching in an online environment. This week, let us turn our attention to learners and shine the light on the rules for learning in an online education platform. These rules endeavour to guide you in online classroom etiquette, will help you engage better with your trainer and your classmates and get the best out of your online learning experience.

Thou Shall Invest Some Time In Getting To Know Thy Instructors and Classmates

Getting to know your instructor, his teaching goal and strategies will transform your online learning experience. Research has proven that students who engage with their instructors are less likely to become disillusioned and drop out. Similarly, getting to know your online classmates and establishing personal interaction with your peers will make your online learning experience much more enjoyable.

The best and most acceptable way to do this in an online forum is through the discussion boards and messaging options available on your LMS platform

Thou Shall Not Multitask When Learning

Over the past few years, cognitive psychologists have gathered experimental evidence of the insidious effect of multitasking on the learning process. Hence it is best to access you course when you can be assured of space and time. When doing a course on an online education platform set up your screen with an enlarged video to display your learning screen together with associated materials such as slides. Close all other windows that will distract you.

Thou Shall Ask For A Clarification When Needed

If you are unsure of what was said during a teaching session, or about the teachers instructions, do not sit in silence either misunderstanding the subject matter or feeling afraid to ask a question. Use the first available break in the teaching flow to clarify your doubts with your online teacher. This way, your online classroom teacher will appreciate your responsiveness and maturity.

Thou Shall Engage With Peers

It is often believed that one of the greatest disadvantages of online learning relates to its isolated and impersonal nature. In fact, newer structured approaches of online courses have discussion forums and other social tools that allow students to communicate with one other, sharing views, opinions and collaborating together to learn more. To get the most out of your online course instead of just lurking in the shadows, trying participating in the discussions, posting questions and commenting when possible.

Thou Shall Use Proper Language and Titles

In an online education platform, one must be very careful about their language, ensuring that you never you any slang or even profane words, even in jest. While is it important to address your classmates respectfully, it is also essential to address your trainer with respect, Unless you have otherwise been asked to, avoid calling your professor with his first name.

Thou Shall Always Focus On Using Effective Communication

When writing and communicating with your classmates online, develop a practice of writing thoughtfully. Cultivate the habit of reading and rereading before you respond. Define and restate your words when necessary. Also correct a misunderstanding right away, before it blows out of proportion because the chances are if one person feels a certain way about what you have said, others may do so as well. It is also important to follow basic netiquette rules such as not using caps lock when typing as it insinuates yelling, not using sms language (shortforms of words) or using emoticons while communicating with peers.   

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The Six Commandments for Teaching In An Online Classroom

Regardless of one’s religious affiliation or online classrooms, the Ten Commandments are considered a good guide to a happy and successful life. This got us thinking…

Are there any must-follow rules to teaching in an online classroom that will lead to a more cohesive teaching environment ?

1) Thou Shall Always Provide Technological Guidelines To Students

It is essential to provide students with guidelines about the minimum technological requirements needed for the course for hardware as well as technical expertise. Clarifying computer skills before the start of the course, will ensure that your students are prepared well in advance and avoid them being surprised about the requirements halfway through the course.

2) Thou Shall Always Be Prepared

Being prepared is one of the most important tenets of teaching and advance planning is essential in an online classroom environment. Before teaching an online class, ensure that you have your syllabus and materials laid out clearly before class starts. “Just winging it” will cut it in a traditional classroom, but in a virtual classroom planning is important to make the sessions meaningful and to stay on schedule.

3)    Thou Shall Always Provide Timely Feedback

When teaching an online class, one should always be accessible to the students and ensure that you provide timely feedback. Online learners are usually on a strict schedule hence timely instructor feedback is especially important to them. The lack of which may deter them from making progress on their course. For any reason, if you are unable to provide a detailed response within one business day, it is good practice to write back to the student within one business day to let them know when you will provide them with a more detailed feedback.

4)    Thou Shall Work On Thy Writing Skills

When communicating with students, teachers should do a spell and grammar check before sending any correspondence to a student. As a teacher, always reread the information sent to students to avoid making silly and appearing unprofessional. Additionally, all instructions should be written in a clear and concise way so that a student could understand it and not get confused by any instruction provided.

5)    Thou Will Never Say Never

Just because an online classroom methodology or teaching tool does not sound like something you want to use, don’t discount it right away. As a new age instructor, one must always open their mind to new classroom tools that  can be used in innovative ways You never know – that app you initially disliked could become a classroom favorite! Hence, online trainers must take the time and effort to investigate how new tools of technology could enhance learning for students.

6) Thou Shall Engage With Thy Students

Learning is an online classroom can often make the students can feel disconnected from the instructor and other students if the instructor does not plan for good communication. In order to make up for the lack of face to face communication, the instructor must endeavor to use various discussion tools to help the students connect and engage with one another as well as with the instructor

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Five Compelling Reasons for HR Managers to Adopt Online Learning Platforms for Employees


In today’s dynamic business environment, business goals are constantly evolving. The standards in customer service continually changing. In such a competitive environment, how does an organization stay one step ahead of their competitors?


The answer lies in strategic and tactical thinking in all aspects of a business. Primarily includes training employees. One of the greatest challenges for companies today is to ensure that their staff is equipped with the latest skills and core competencies needed in the growth of the company.


How do you create a corporate culture that supports employee development? Without impacting the business? Without driving the costs of employee development programs through the roof?


And this is the reason that strategic human resources managers are looking at online learning platforms as a practical strategy to provide consistent training to employees. Although new employee training programs need a physical presence. However, over the past few years, online learning and training platforms have proven to be an effective solution for providing flexible, consistent and modern training for new hires.

Let’s Look at Some of the Benefits of Online Learning Platforms to HR Managers


1) Saves Time

Training a group of employees has traditionally been seen as a cost, involving time away from work, but this changes with online training where HR managers who have opted for using online training tools can give their employees a choice of learning without disrupting their daily workload. Employees can decide when they want to learn as well as how much learning content they want to consume at one session.

2) Appealing to Millennials

Millennials are often defined as the first generation of digital natives, who were born and raised during the age of technological changes. This group expects modern technologies to be an integral part of their daily lifestyle including using technology to consume training programs at their workplace. Hence providing technology-based training to the Millennials generation is a perfect strategy to engage with this generation and make training effective and appealing to them.

3) Easy to Update

As business goals evolve, using online learning platforms makes it easy to update existing learning content on the system with minimal costs and add new modules that focus on the changing vision of the business.

4) Easy to Customise

Online learning systems also offer a great advantage of being customizable. HR managers are able to customize the course according to the profile of the learner without spending too much effort and money. For instance, multinational companies with offices in multiple countries can use the same course material but can change the language of instruction to suit the learner.  

5) Improve Employee Retention

By ensuring that your employees get regular training and self-paced learning modules, you can help them further their professional goals and keep them motivated to improve their job performance. Motivated employees are better advocates of your brand and more likely to stay loyal to their jobs.

If you too are an HR manager looking for an online training module, do sign up with Uzity. You can digitize learning in your organization with our online learning management system with a breeze. 


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5 Tips to Market Your Open Online Course

Free Tips To Help You Market Your Open Online Course

So you have created a world-class open online course using the best subject matter experts. You have worked tirelessly to design the most engaging student experience. You have painstakingly perfected every multimedia element in your online course! But you are still struggling to get students on board. All of your effort seems to be futile.  Don’t worry! We got you covered. Here are a few tips on marketing your course online. 

 Leverage Your Existing Audience

The first place that you can start marketing your content is your existing audience. You can announce your course to friends, family and professional associates, asking them to sign up if they are interested. Share your course in their networks. If you have a website, then you could leverage your website audience by offering a special discounted price for the launch of your course.

Use Search Engine Optimization

If you are trying to promote your online course, Search Engine Optimization should also be at the top of your strategy list. Ensure that your open online course description incorporates keyword-rich, updated, and relevant content. By increasing the ‘searchability’ of your course, you will be able to improve its ranking on google search thus pushing it to the top pages when your target audience researches courses online.

Participate in Social Media Groups

Engaging with prospective learners through a niche related  on Facebook or LinkedIn groups is a great way to reach out to. Instead of spamming members of these group with your sales pitch, you can build your profile by providing insightful and valuable suggestion in various conversations. Thereby cementing your impression as a knowledgeable subject matter expert. When you do announce your course over these groups, you are more likely to attract signups from interested students.

Offer a Sneak Peek Of Your  Online Course

Often prospective students are sitting on the fence about a course. They need an extra push to be convinced before they click on the ‘enroll’ button. One easy way to capture their attention is by offering a free preview of your online course. This can include access to the first few modules of the course or access to an intriguing introduction to the course. Think of it like a movie trailer/teaser, once the audience gets a taste of what’s to come they are more than willing to make a purchase.

Ask Satisfied Learners To Endorse Your Course.

One of the biggest endorsements for your online course comes from learners who have completed and are satisfied with your course. You can encourage your students to leave you reviews or online on your social media page. Additionally, you can also conduct surveys with the help of feedback forms. Use the positive feedback as a marketing element for other upcoming courses and the critical ones to improve on your content. 

These tips will help your reach out to a wider audience and increase your course sales. Time and effort spent in developing your course shouldn’t go to waste so, start reaching out to your audience by following these tips today or better yet, get on Uzity!  


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Learning Management System V/s Course Management System.

We live in a digital era, where communication is instant and everything is done virtually over the internet from sending emails ad instant messages to shopping for your daily essentials at the click of a button. When it comes to education, online education or digital courses have become an increasingly common alternative to classroom-based learning.

With this rise in demand, more universities and organisation are looking to add more digital learning elements to the training programs they offer.

However when shopping for the right get teaching software, many organisations get confused choosing between two similar-sounding, but vastly different systems: a Learning Management System (LMS) and a Course Management System (CMS).  While there are a number of similarities between these two systems, there are a few key differences that organizations between them.

Irrespective of whether you are new to the online training world, or an experienced trainer, it is vital to understand the learning systems to know which tools you need in your learning and development program.

Course Management Systems can help organisations to aggregate their existing content into component parts in a single system. Essentially, it will manage the workflow of the content in the real time ensuring that there is a continuous flow of information and that the right content is being delivered to the right people and at the right time. For instance, it will allow student to log on to the teacher’s CMS in order to access their class files and submit homework and other assignments. Instructional designers can use their CMS software to develop, manage and publish training content.

A well designed Learning Management System like Uzity easily replicate the tasks of a Course Management System, whilst at the same time, taking the e-learning experience even further to deliver a more personalized approach for the students and the trainer. For instance, using an LMS, will allow universities and organisation to assign training to the learners, track their participation, measure their engagement, create periodic assessments, surveys and produce documentation of employee training activity and results.

Another key difference between an LMS and a CMS is the target user. While the LMS user is the learner, while the LCMS user is the learning content create.

A Course Management System is narrower in scope and usually allows multiple collaborators to work together to create content that can then be published in a variety of formats. This includes content in the form of files, images, electronic documents, audio files and lots more. A Learning Management System, on the other hand is more robust and encompasses various strategic solutions that can manage and track blended courses and curriculum assembled from online content, classroom events, virtual classroom meetings and a variety of other sources. It allows you to track an individual learner’s performance, accomplishments, and connections across an entire group.

Another difference in the two systems, is the scalability. An LMS is much more scalable, so you can start using it as a course management system and as your training requirements grow, you can adapt it to a more prominent role.

Which management system would you like to use for your teaching requirements? Do let us know in the comments below.

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Easy Tips To Make Your Online Classroom Discussion Engaging and Dynamic

In an LMS, discussions are used as a teaching tool to extend classroom conversations. By getting students to engage with class material online, you can use the discussion that ensues between students to deepen learning through dialogue and enhance knowledge retention. However, in an online classroom due to lack of face – to- face interaction, it can be difficult to keep the students interested and facilitate meaningful classroom discussions. Let’s look at a few easy tips that will help you spark the student’s interest and create meaningful and dynamic classroom discussions.

1) Craft discussions that are a challenge for students’ understanding of the course material

LMS discussions in which students are simply asked to respond to standard course material can be boring and repetitive to students. Instead of simply reiterating course material, craft probing questions that will challenge the students to go beyond the facts and delve into critical thinking. This can be done through online debates, sharing case studies or framing open-ended questions that generate multiple points of view. These will help encourage greater student participation, elicit divergent responses and promote critical thinking among the students.

2) Relate the online discussions to students’ real-life experiences and challenges

Students using an LMS often don’t feel connected to their online classmates because they don’t truly have a chance to get to know them. Hence it is essential to include some discussion questions that prompt students to relate course topics to their own experiences. By asking questions that encourage personal responses to the material, you can help students develop more of a sense of community, as well as challenge them to apply theories and concepts to scenarios that they have faced, or will face, on the job.

2) Make discussion participation a graded element

By assigning a portion of the class grade to participate in the online classroom discussion, you can provide students a strong incentive to actively participate in online discussions.

3) Invite guest speakers or facilitators

Invite subject matter experts and other industry professionals as guests to participate and facilitate online classroom discussions or chats. Adding new insights will stimulate the students and incite more discussions.

4) Gently encourage the ‘not-so-active’ students

If your online students are absent in classroom discussions, you can gently encourage them by sending a private message to check in and figure out what’s holding them back. Many students feel apprehensive about participating in discussions and sometime simply need a gentle push to join into the online forums.

5) Be a silent, but active participant

One of the goals of the discussion forum in an LMS is to encourage students to engage in meaningful and thoughtful dialogue. Therefore, in order to encourage student interaction, stay in the background as much as possible and only allow students to do the talking on the forum. However, at the same time you need to be vigilant and active to ensure that the online discussion do not go off – topic and intervene respectfully if the discussions get argumentative.


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How To Recognise Surface Learners And Help Them Access Deeper Learning

In 1984, two educational psychologists, Ference Marton and Roger Säljö developed a theory that students can be divided into two separate groups based on their approach to learning. They coined the terms Deep Learning and Surface Learning to distinguish between the two distinct styles of student learning.

Surface Learning characterised by rote learning can be defined as a learning methodology where students learn with the sole purpose of memorizing and storing the curriculum as isolated items in an attempt to get passing grades. It is the superficial retention of course material for the purpose of passing examinations with a lack of understanding or long-term retention of knowledge.

In contrast, Deep Learning is when students develop a full understanding of the material and are able to make sense of what they are being taught. Deep learners are able to ask themselves questions about what they are learning, discuss related ideas with their peers and enjoy comparing the different perspectives.

Surface learning tends to be experienced as a struggle, characterised by boredom and disinterest whereas Deep learning is experienced as an exciting and a gratifying challenge that enhances long-term understanding of the subject.

Over the past few years, various online learning platforms have helped teachers to support surface level learners who want to “scratch beyond the surface” and access a deeper level of learning. One of the key ways that online learning platforms are able to do this is through teaching through modules. Using modules ensures that students can only move to learning a new chapter after proving that they have completely understood the current chapter. This is done through assessments, quizzes and tests placed at the end of every module – the successful completion of which unlocks the next chapter. This essentially ensures that instead of getting all the course content at once the students get them in bite-sized pieces, which are easier to process and not overwhelming to the student.

Another way that online learning platforms help students get more involved and have a deeper understanding of the subject is through they array of collaboration tools for students and teachers that they offer. These tools promote discussions and debates among the students, making learning an enriching experience as well as helping surface learners to get more involved in the learning process. The opportunity for students to actively engage in reflective conversations and explore different module experiences and differing perspectives is directly related to deeper learning and improving student performance.

Online learning platforms also provides for teachers to interact with the students struggling with concepts taught in the classroom. In a traditional classroom scenario with a class full of students it can be a bit difficult to truly personalize the learning experience for the students. However in a learning management system, using the various chat and social media platforms, teachers can offer the students extra help and additional resources as needed, thus helping surface learners to bridge the gap and become deep learners.

Every surface learning student has the possibility to dive deep into the course. Using a learning management system is a great way to engage your students and help them access a deeper level of learning.

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eLearning Platforms : Dispelling Common Myths

While distance learning has been around for decades, for many of us online learning and digital courses are relatively new concepts of learning. While elearning platforms are transforming education, online courses are still subject to various myths and misconceptions. Because of its general unfamiliarity, many students may be reluctant to participate in online learning preferring the conventional security of a traditional, campus-based atmosphere.

However, in reality, online courses are extremely rewarding with many benefits to students. This article addresses some of the common myths of online education and endeavours to dispel them in an attempt to ease the anxiety of new students.

Myth – Online Learning Is For The Lazy

Truth – Online Learning Can Be As Rigorous As Traditional Courses With The Added Element Of Self-Discipline To Get The Work Completed

Many people believe that an online education is an easy and effortless way to earn a degree. This is not true. In many cases, online courses are often academically rigorous courses with all the assignments and assessments of a traditional course. The key feature of online learning is the flexibility of learning according to your schedule and without setting foot in a physical classroom. They are adapted to match the schedule of your busy life and therefore require stronger organizational skills and more self-discipline. Students need to be an enthusiastic, engaged learners who are self-motivated to meet deadlines.

Myth – Employees Do Not Value Online Certificates

Truth – An Online Degree Improves Expertise And Increases Employability

Today, employers are aware that elearning platforms have created opportunities for developing new skills, updating professional credentials and keeping oneself above the knowledge curve. A candidate with an online degree not only has an updated skill set but he proves that he is ambitious and motivated, thus improving his prospects in the ever competitive job market.

Myth – Online Learning Can Be Lonely And Lacks Personal Attention

Truth – Online Learning Offers Plenty Of Opportunity For Interaction With Fellow Students And Trainers

eLearning platforms offer quite a generous array of collaboration tools for students and teachers which allow higher levels of engagement, interaction, participation and feedback unmatched with traditional classrooms. Many trainers actively look for ways to make their courses more engaging and personal for their students through web interfaces such as online chat and discussion forums. In fact, with so many opportunities and mediums to interact with peers and professors, there is often a greater feeling of personal connection than in a traditional classroom.

Myth – Online Students Must Be Very Technology Savvy

Truth – Online Training Can Be Accessed By Students Across Computer Literacy Levels

Most learning management systems offer easy, step-by-step tutorials ensuring that even students who are technologically challenged can easily navigate the course and follow the curriculum instructions.

Myth – Online Learning Is Just For Information Technology

Truth – Online Training Can Be Is Available For A Number Of Subjects

Many students also believe that digital learning is best meant for information technology related learning. However, learning management systems today offer online courses for all kinds of topics. At Uzity students can sign up for a number of courses from business and management to modern day Kung Fu and lots more.

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Empowering your Students with a Course Management Software

Using course management software to bring out the best in your students

The latest buzz phrase in the realm of education is “Empowering Students”. But what does it mean? Why is it important? And are your students empowered?

For educational institutions, one of the greatest challenges is to prepare students for an ever-evolving future with a classroom system that is often stuck in the past laying excessive emphasis on rote learning and surface learning.

Today, high-speed internet networks, smart devices, and a host of learning management systems are revolutionizing education across the world. Technology has become the tool that is empowering students to take their learning to newer heights, while at the same time helping them develop new skills that are essential to success in the 21st century. An empowered student can be defined as a student who has complete ownership of his learning. Empowerment brings with it increased competence, confidence and greater choice into their daily lives.

It is, therefore, become essential for trainers and educators to tap into technology through course management software to enhance their teaching process as well as add an element of relevancy and context to studies.

Here are a few ways to inspire your students and empower them for success

1)  Create Digital Classrooms

Students today have access to multiple devices from smartphones, tablets, personal laptops so they can learn anywhere and all the time. Taking your course online on a digital platform with course management software allows students to learn continually and at a pace that is suited to them.

2) Encourage Student Voice with Discussion and Debates

Another tip to empower students is to allow them to get involved in having various discussions and debates. The online course management software offers quite a generous array of collaboration tools for students and teachers which allow them to discuss various topics, get an understanding of new points of view which can be an enriching experience.

3) Engage Your Students with  Real Life Tools

One of the key aims of the classroom is to prepare students for the real world and the most relevant way to achieve that is by familiarizing them with the tools that allow them to create, innovate, and connect. You can empower your students with course management software that allows them to learn and explore the lessons that you are already teaching through video, audio, web, and other platforms.

4) Provide Clear Instructions

Teachers can play a key role in empowering their students by ensuring that students get clear instructions on assignments with explanations on all the actions necessary for completing the task. It is pivotal to help students in identifying relevant resources and supporting student efforts.

5) Create a Partnership With Your Students

Instead of simply doling out instructions to your class, use a course management software to create a partnership where you work together to discover and learn. Listening to ideas generated by students and taking their thoughts into account when planning your lessons can prove to be beneficial. Honoring the opinion of students builds trust and empowers them to think critically. Students and teachers working together create a powerful learning environment that fosters the success.

So Are Your Students Empowered yet?