How to Create Inclusive E-Learning

October 25th, 2012 1 Comment Other

Kids & Technology

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”–Chinese Proverb

When long school days are partnered with short attention spans, teaching in today’s educational climate can prove to be a bit challenging.

Particularly when one considers that today’s student is of a different “culture” than those of former decades. Times are of a faster pace. 

There are more things demanding their attention: text messages via cell phones, videos, reality TV, social media, and You Tube activities, just to name a few.  This means that in some ways, they require a “smarter,” more innovative approach to impart important lessons and help them to develop to their full potential . In other words… instruction has to be “interesting” to keep them “interested”.

Creating inclusive E-learning can make a difference. Not only does it provide variety in today’s classroom, it is also useful in accommodating various learning styles. 

There are various forms of E-learning that can be used effectively in today’s classroom.

Here are a few examples:

Blogs – Blogs can be used to continue class discussions, and to encourage students to actively engage in group discussions. It would be considered like the online version of a debate class, (in some instances). It can also be used to share assignments and class updates.

Videos – Like those shared through You Tube, can serve to provide tutorials, to enhance teaching methods.

Facebook’s Timeline – And other social media tools can be used to create projects, and address the 5w’s of who, what, when, where, and why, to increase lesson comprehension for today’s students.

In a recent article at the Knowledge Tree, the author, psychologist Andrew Downie, explores the various advantages and disadvantages of incusive E-learning for students of varying backgrounds and disabilities. Here he stresses the impact of E-learning and discusses relevant issues to consider. 

Do you think E-learning is important to incorporate in today’s teaching methods?

 Image by Wesley Fryer


Andrianes Pinantoan is InformED's editor and part of the marketing team behind Open Colleges. When not working, he can be found reading about two of his favourite subjects: education and psychology. You can find him on Google+ or @andreispsyched.

One Response

  1. Hosted LMS says:

    I totally agree with the eLearning style of education, its very interactive as well as an effective way of teaching.

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