E-learning can open the doors to achieving important life goals and the best part is that anyone can participate in e-learning. There are many e-learning options practitioners can use with their learners. Practitioners can customize learning materials and entire courses to the specific needs and levels of learners using a variety of different e-learning options. In Ontario, learners can participate in web-based literacy training provided by e-Channel.
An asynchronous course management systems
Asynchronous learning means that learners can essentially tackle course material at their own pace, with support from the practitioner as needed. The flexibility of this kind of model makes it ideal for learners who work well independently. Moodle provides this kind of learning environment.
Moodle is a highly customizable e-learning environment that allows practitioners to use existing online courses as well as create their own. Learners complete assigned course work at their own pace. A practitioner monitors learner progress, provides support and feedback, and assesses learners’ work online. Courses can offer a variety of activities to enhance the learning experience for the learners with videos, quizzes, webpage links, journal writing, forum discussions, and more. Moodle has a large developers’ community that works constantly to improve its features. AlphaPlus has worked with Moodle for a long time and continues to offer training to practitioners. Find out more about the Moodle Training that supports e-Channel.
A synchronous “virtual class” approach
Synchronous learning means that learners come to class at a specific time and they benefit from the dynamic nature of an online classroom including peer-to-peer discussions. They can get immediate support from their instructor if they have a computer problem or a question about class content. This approach is ideal for lower level literacy learners because instructors can help learners on the spot. Centra provides this kind of learning environment.
Centra is a virtual, real-time meeting space for learners and practitioners to learn and teach online. It is a powerful conferencing tool that uses visual slides, audio, and video technology to host classes online. Learners can even mark up a public whiteboard to share their ideas with the class. A microphone and speakers (or headset) are required to participate in Centra classes. Find out more about Centra used by e-Channel.
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Alex Martin often felt helpless when his 12-year-old son, Thomas, needed support with his school work. A single parent who had dropped out of high school, Alex was finding it increasingly difficult to support his son’s learning needs. Thomas’ grades were slipping and Alex was worried about his son’s future.
“I wanted to help my son do something with his life,” said Alex. “But at twelve, he was more advanced than I was. It reminded me of the movie ‘I am Sam.’ The girl quits learning because she doesn’t want to be smarter than her father. I didn’t want Thomas to think that way.”
Thanks to e-learning, Alex completed his grade 12 equivalency in just two years. Through a series of learning activities on his home computer and the support of a mentor, Alex gained a lot of confidence. Today he volunteers at Thomas’ school. His son is thriving and their relationship has improved dramatically. E-learning made a powerful impact on their lives.