Classroom learning has always been one of the classic ways of studying and retaining information.
However, the pandemic has changed this forever.
Physical classes would call for our full attention, while online classes often cause a dip in the students’ attention span. Watching a teacher lecture you over the screen can indeed be boring, and students have many distractions at hand when using the internet.
Universities have been using several tools to improve their services for years now. And this pandemic only enforced the need for more and better tools to ensure the best student experience, both online and offline.
Today, we go over five different types of tools that universities use to boost student engagement and satisfaction:
Universities have been using these platforms for a while now. Moodle, Blackboard, or Canvas are some of the most popular ones. These enable teachers to provide all the resources students need to follow their course.
By now, we have all been acquainted with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, or one of the many videoconferencing software available. Nowadays, these tools have become essential for every teacher, as it enables live communication with the students. Virtual classrooms also allow you to reach students who may not be able to attend classes physically for personal reasons. Not only is it the closest thing to an actual classroom, but it also gives students great flexibility in attending classes and connecting with teachers and other students.
When it comes to online classes, the students' attention span is very limited. Gamification tools like Kahoot, make learning fun. It is easy for teachers to create creative tests there, and students also enjoy taking them because of the element of competition around it. These tools (both offline and online) are an asset that keeps learning exciting.
They are an increasingly useful resource through which teachers share information quickly and are able to be in constant touch with their students. Apps like Whatsapp, Wechat, etc., and even email apps like Gmail and Outlook have increased student-teacher interaction due to the flexibility of sending and replying to message at your own pace. These are also great tools to share study materials with students at one go and opens up space for discussion, where even introverts can take part without feeling shy.
Not being able to go to campus physically does not mean you have to miss out on the whole campus life experience. Apps like Uni-life ensure that students get ample chances to network with others and find the latest opportunities for personal and professional growth. Having all extracurricular opportunities in one place makes it easier for students to participate and benefit from them. Such tools ensure that students feel connected to their universities and have the most fulfilling experience.
The conventional styles of learning are now evolving. Universities are doing their utmost to ensure that all their students are provided with the best services and facilities to have the most fulfilling experience. Such tools are especially a game-changer during the pandemic, and their acceptance and wider use only spells more wonders and fun even when we go back to normality.