Benefits of virtual learning
We live in a globally connected world. Digital technologies help us to access virtual content, courses, experiences and people that we might never have thought possible.
Providing our students with virtual learning experiences helps:
1. To expand access to formal educational offerings
- VCE subjects can be offered to rural students or those in small metro high schools
- different languages can be provided to small primary schools
- students can undertake gifted education and science enrichment
2. Develop new skill sets needed in the 21st Century
- global citizenship
- character (self regulation/learner agency)
These DigiPubs provide information and resources on the Deep Learning Competency Framework set of six future skills, the '6Cs':
3. Expose learners to ways of learning they will need in the future
- post compulsory providers of provide courses online and workplace online training is growing
- 31% of US higher education students take at least one course online
- 65%of US higher education institutions say that online learning is a critical part of their long-term strategy (EdTech news and trends, 2011).
4. Personalise student learning
- students can often work at their own pace
- they can revisit content or accelerate through content they with which they are already familiar
- they can receive individual feedback, draw on experts and resources, participate in online communities.
5. Allow quieter students to have a voice
- Some students who find it challenging to contribute to class discussions often find a voice and a channel for their own expression when learning or interacting virtually.
6. Learning to happen anytime, anywhere
7. Students to connect with industry experts not available locally
8. Students, and teachers, to engage in online learning communities developing invaluable diversity/networking/collaboration skills
9. Students receive regular feedback and track their own progress
- adaptive online assessment programs can assist students (and teachers) in checking on where a student’s learning is at in relation to the curriculum
- learning management systems help to track student time on task, work submission and progress
- online portfolios help students to capture, record, store and reflect on their learning over a period of time
- access course content that is interactive, authentic, offers regular feedback, and adapts to student needs
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