COVID-19 has accelerated universities, and colleges need technology platforms that can deliver the content to vast audiences at low cost, without sacrificing essential benefits of the face-to-face classroom, like social experience and completion rates. Online learning is now a necessary service for global students. However, as more universities and education providers turn to digital solutions, like teaching through Zoom, it’s vitally important that they activate longer-term solutions.
Universities now have an opportunity to use data analytics and student monitoring to ensure the success of their students. With the social distancing restrictions easing, it is time for universities and colleges to consider a hybrid model of study; consisting of short units of study that will allow your students to cycle in-and-out of remote study, and gain much sought-after industry skills.
Universities turn to Zoom
Recent events have led to many traditional universities and schools shutting their doors. Traditional educators around the world have been hit with some tough realities with the emergence of COVID-19. They’ve had to remodel how they provide education to their students. As a result, we now have hundreds of thousands of people learning through video platforms such as Zoom. This is innovative thinking, but only for the short term.
Short-term advantages of video learning
There are advantages of teaching through Zoom and other such video platforms in place of traditional classrooms. After all, teachers can continue teaching as they did before. Likewise, they can hold the capacities required for full attendance, and, they are easily accessible.
However, where this falls down is student monitoring, lower completion rates, and the lack of an online student community.
Long-term approach for online learning
One thing that we have learned in 2020 is that online learning is here to stay. The fact that all traditional classrooms are now looking for online solutions accentuates this. EdTech has grown over the last ten years. However, it has now become essential to all education providers. Universities must become more prepared for distance learning.
In today’s world, well-built tried and tested, Learning Management and Student Monitoring Systems are of enormous importance. With teaching solely through video, it’s impossible to ensure that education is delivered adequately.
Learning Management and Student Monitoring
An online platform can deliver content, track and improve completion rates and maintain your campus community online. Since its inception, Code Institute has been building its own Learning Management System (LMS) based on Harvard and MIT’s edX platform. This has been built upon, torn down and rebuilt successfully over the last five years.
Unfortunately, students who are currently learning through Zoom are missing out on the immersive online learning experience that is needed. Apart from the ease of access to learning materials, students who use a fully formed LMS can also access a full suite of student support systems for any other needs that they may have.
With a mature Learning Management and Monitoring System, the progress that a student is making can also be tracked. Such functionality is vitally important, and it is the future of learning.
What is AMOS?
Monitoring a student’s progress and maintaining completion rates are essential. To do this, Code Institute created its proprietary software, AMOS (Analytical Monitoring of Online Students), to track the progress of students, enhance completion rates, and develop a vibrant student community online. It is a data analytics system that enables education providers to aggregate all of a students’ activities as they go through their learning journey. This provides for a far richer learning experience while allowing improved assistance for both the learner and the provider.
It can show red flags when a student appears to be struggling in a particular area of a programme. Such early detection allows support teams to connect with the student to identify if there is a problem. Monitoring progress like this ensures that students don’t get left behind. Students are not required to move at the pace of a lecturer like in a Zoom or video session.
AMOS uses analytics to measure the success of students across various metrics – velocity, progress, project and challenge scores, engagement, and satisfaction. The system itself assists in making data-driven decisions. It also guides educators in how to engage with students, ensuring a better outcome and success rate.
Video is important
Video is essential to online learning. However, it is not the primary driver. Student success, accessibility, and the delivery of the best available content must be the overarching goal. To ensure the best education is delivered in an online setting, then the content must be provided interactively. Therefore, an LMS that a student can easily use is vital.
Video’s importance is secondary. It is used as an addition to the course content. Video offers more of an overview and a real-world scenario as to how something could or should be done. This is where platforms like YouTube and Zoom should co-exist in online learning.
Having a student community is also essential in online learning. For example, Code Institute has built a student community using Slack. This is where our students meet online and share ideas, project links and more. Likewise, a good Slack channel also allows for extra interactions with tutors and mentors. It is a fantastic place for students to collaborate and for them to ask for help from fellow students. A good community also has its leaders. These are students who are willing to help. A well-built community can mirror a traditional campus community. However, because Slack is open for other students, they can also benefit from any help or advice offered through the platform.
Test our LMS
As an example, view our free 5 Day Coding Challenge to see how a professional LMS and videos should work hand in hand. Note the flexibility of the LMS. Also, note that you decide the pace at which you learn. You can register for this free programme through the form below.
While teaching through Zoom may be a stop-gap, to ensure that students receive the right kind of online experience, educators must now look to providing an up-to-the-task Learning Management and Monitoring Systems. To find out more about AMOS, please, get in touch.