Components of the teaching-learning process in offline and online modes of delivery.

It’s impossible to avoid change. Unexpected and out of our control developments, such as a recession or a worldwide pandemic, are perhaps the most difficult to comprehend and adjust to.

A big implication of this prediction is that we shouldn’t expect things to return to normal. In fact, the opposite is more likely. We had to cope with the transition to online education at first, and now we have to deal with the switch back to offline classrooms. Simultaneous destabilizing events are the new normal, and we need to be prepared to keep the teaching-learning process running smoothly no matter what.

Schools and colleges moved their learning focus online, and as most institutions have moved online, traditional teaching approaches will no longer be effective in the face of the pandemic.
Blended learning is an excellent solution for this since it eases the transition for everyone by gradually acclimating learners to both online and offline modalities. It includes both learning modes, allowing new learners to become accustomed to the offline mode, which they are acquainted with before moving on to the online approach.

Contrary to the popular assumption, blended learning entails far more than just converting existing content for online distribution or finding digital substitutes for traditional classroom courses.

In this in-depth article, we will talk about the elements of the teaching-learning process and how do we implement them in both modes of delivery.

1. Communication

We live in an era when communication reigns supreme and is not a software benefit, but rather a given.

We live in the “age of information,” but “age of communications” might be a better description. What are the internet, mobile, and social media revolutions, if not amazing communication facilitators? While Napoleon famously claimed that “the key of battle is communication,” the same can be true for most undertakings, including business and, of course, eLearning.

Three types of communication can occur in an online or offline course — one to one, one to many, and many to many.

Communication is essential for keeping everybody updated with their training schedule and the latest developments in your eLearning program. An LMS allows you to send messages to an individual, a group, or even all users, and it supports vertical (instructor-to-learner) and horizontal (learner-to-learner) communication in both asynchronous (messages, calendars, forums) and synchronous (conferences) modes.

The Quiklrn LMS helps create an efficient communication route for events, attendance, evaluations, and circulars, which keeps all stakeholders up to date on the semester’s progress.

2. CONTENT SHARING

Do you recall the textbooks you had in school? Those things were heavy! And, depending on the school or nation, it may be extremely costly. One of the finest aspects of online training is that it eliminates the need for paper textbooks. This is excellent for the learners’ backs, good for the teachers (since it makes updating the material cheaper and faster), and plain great for the trees.

However, there are numerous situations in which an instructor must hand out certain textbooks to students in addition to those available as online lesson modules. Thankfully, Quiklrn’s features make this easy to achieve without resorting to handouts or photocopies.

The course-specific information is auto-classified from a myriad of sources, making it easy to find topic-specific content. The learner may customize it by adding relevant material from personal sources such as folders, emails, and social media connections and then tagging it to a context. Local language translation, AI-powered IN-Video search, and text-to-audio tools are all included. In one swipe or press, the learner may obtain a snapshot of all tags/digital pins.

The Content Store serves as a central repository for all learning materials, categorized by relevance and course selection. This site contains a collection of e-books (both free and paid) from publishers that are available dependent on license.

Content Security: The multi-tier encryption services enable tamper-proof content security at many levels (device-level, user-access, and licensing). The Quiklrn platform’s license management keeps track of when content and access rights expire.

3. CONTINOUS EVALUATION

The “old way’ of teaching was: Trainer provided instruction. Learner absorbed and followed along. Learner proved their command of the subject (by writing an end-of-course exam). Trainer evaluated and certified the learner (pass/fail). Based on this model, the end objective was to evaluate… as opposed to facilitating the learning journey.

That is no longer the case in today’s world of training and education. Technology has sped up the learning process to the point that what used to take 6 or 8 months to educate can now be done in a matter of weeks, if not days! Clearly, this necessitates a rethinking of how students are assessed.

If we desire successful learning outcomes, we need to provide learners with continuous feedback on their performance and not wait for milestone (end-of-course; end-of-chapter, mid-point) Performance Reviews.

Quiklrn platform supports various types of assessments for faculty to evaluate and get insights into student performance. It has features designed for various types of assessments like:

- Question Bank: Create question banks with each question corresponding to a distinct category. Mix up the question types and choices. Offer suggestions and recommendations to help pupils find their way along the intended learning path.

- Performance Assessment: Create a timed online unique test for each student. Faculty can also create offline test question papers.

-Learning Assessment: Create unit-wise learning assessments which are accessible any time, anywhere. These are practice tests for self-evaluation and gain insights into student understanding of the course.

-Secured Test: Online tests are password protected and timed. Randomize feature helps to set up a unique question set for each student.

-Assignments: Faculty can design various types of assignments for online submission and grading. Faculty can upload documents related to assignments, and students can respond by uploading files and reports.

-Learning Insights: Quiklrn analytics helps faculty gain learning insights for each student by analyzing student performance vs. learning patterns.

4. AUTOMATION OF COURSE OUTCOME PROGRAM OUTCOMES MAPPING AND COURSE FILE GENERATION

Using automated tools to support outcome-based education, teaching, and assessments will improve learning outcomes and accelerate continuous quality improvement processes.
In higher education, outcome-based education is a ground-breaking concept that focuses on students’ evidence of learning at the end of the course. It alters the learning experience by bringing together various educational inputs and activities, such as teaching, learning, skills, competencies, course material, and instruction. Institutional education is thoroughly evaluated to see if it is efficient and robust. Programs are assessed to verify that they produce the desired results.

Some features of the Quiklrn Platform assist in:

  • Facilitating the mapping of course outcomes to Program Outcomes and Program Specific Outcomes at the appropriate strength.
  • Course files are automatically created as per the templates, based on all the teaching-learning-assessment activities done during the semester. Faculty can leverage the templates in the Quiklrn platform to standardize the course file for all courses. Facilities to add course-specific items are also supported. Course files can be downloaded as a supporting document for accreditation audit.
  • Student-level and batch-level attainments of course outcomes are automatically computed. Attainment of Program and Program-specific Outcomes are computed.
  • Tracking the how to the content is being used by students using learning insights and feedback. Refresh the contents based on insights and feedback.

Implement Outcome-based education benefit your institution in NBA and NAAC accreditation.

5. ADMINISTRATION

Technology has the ability to simplify and minimize administrative burden expenses. When used correctly, technology may reduce administrative overhead and operations. Streamlining your administrative procedures will guarantee that you never waste time on time-consuming, crucial tasks, allowing you to focus on the institute’s success and growth.

Using automated software or outsourcing to a professional team of administrators will reduce your administrative burdens and help you focus on other pressing matters.

The Quiklrn LMS streamlines and automates data collection for academic operations. It maintains an audit trail for multiple evaluation techniques and documents student learning insights to identify slow and quick learners.

The LMS also helps create an efficient communication route for events, attendance, evaluations, and circulars, which keeps all stakeholders up to date on the semester’s progress.

For a detailed discussion and demonstration, email us at offers@quiklrn.com, and we will reach out to you!

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Quiklrn is a Learning services company. The cloud-based (SaaS) platform offers Personalized Learning for students and OBE (CO-PO) attainment for institutions.