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5 quick ways to build a sense of community in online courses

The benefits of online learning are so often touted that they have almost become a mantra: instant access 24/7, location-independent, self-paced, bigger choice of subjects, lower cost, keep working while you learn, you can concentrate better in your pyjamas, etc. We frequently state some of those positive aspects on this very platform. They make online learning seem like an alluring lifestyle choice, offering the opportunity to learn whilst on a train, at the beach, at home, even potentially while walking the dog.

7 tips for creating an online course

Creating courses online involves getting subject matter expertise into a course that takes learners on a logical and well-organised journey from ignorance to knowledge. That is a fundamental requirement for an online course to have any impact at all. But what about the delivery system – how do you package the learning content as a product that reaches learners?

eLearning with chatbots: the new interface?

When it comes to the efficient transfer of knowledge into people’s heads, digital learning is still in its infancy. A student who sits clicking through the linear, restrictive activities in a typical LMS activity in 2019 is spending as much time complying with the demands of the technology as they are learning. Knowledge is dispensed in one direction in measured doses, like those internet-enabled cat feeders. Take this knowledge, says the LMS, pass the test, and be grateful. Just don’t ask me any difficult questions.

How to thrive at college

Lots of young Americans go to college, but a large proportion of them never gain a degree. Federal Government figures show a 33% graduation rate for students on four-year degrees at public colleges and universities, rising to 57.6% after six years. To graduate in four years, students need to accrue 15 credits per semester, and it seems two thirds are not managing that.