A Global Experiment on Online Learning: The Way Forward
In the past weeks we have seen an unprecedented global shift with mass closures of public places, universities ceasing all physical classes and work places opting for the WFH (work from home) option.
For language institutions, this could very well be the stone that sinks the ship. The challenges of continuing classes while not being able to meet up would cripple any institution, language institutions more so, face daunting times amidst the Covid-10 outbreak.
For the next few weeks, language centres will not hold any physical classes, as they wait for reports and updates from health services and the authorities to know if it's safe enough to hold a class. This is an urgent call for change - and distance learning is the solution.
We all do what we can to weather this epidemic, and as a digital-platform based system, Sunago Education has just the perfect structural and industry makeup to be the go-to format for English learning moving forward.
Here’s why we think online learning is the way forward for language institutions:-
1. Lessons are still conducted on a face-to-face basis
Its easy to forget, in all the rush for future proofing, chasing technology at its break neck face, that what is proven to work does work. If its not broken, don't fix it. Humans still need interaction to learn and do not neglect the importance of having the human element and live interaction. All classes are still on a face-to-face basis in the virtual classroom.
2. Our classes carry on regardless of rain, viral outbreaks or sunshine
When roads are closed and the nation is at a standstill, classes must still go on. There’s no stopping an online class, as long as there is an internet connection and all participants have access to the portal through their devices, then they’re all set. Sometimes, all you need is on your mobile phone!
For example, within 24-hours of the Malaysian government’s announcement of a nationwide movement control, Sunago assisted a language center, ELS Malaysia, to move all its students and teachers to a virtual school. The Sunago platform made it possible for ELS to continue to communicate and run their courses, effectively engaging up to 700 students nationwide on the first day online.
3. Progress checks made easy with instant reports
The benefits of having classrooms online and digital is that all the students are instantly accounted for via automatic attendance checking. Having the ability to have that information almost instantly online allows administrators to make snap judgement calls, provide that information to better work with authorities and also keep everyone attending the sessions safe.
Digital performance evaluation also means that both students and teachers are given regular performance review for continual improvement, an essential part of blended learning. These reports are made readily available to the students and teachers along with recording of classes, which allows them to review completed sessions and gain additional room to learn at their own pace.
4. Online submissions not only reduce carbon footprints but also stress!
Sunago’s platform provides a submission service where students can also directly write the assignments given. These submissions can either be made privately, or publicly as posts, at the discretion of the teacher. Travel and resources to print submissions are completely removed from the equation, with students simply needing a digital device to access the system. This also helps when it comes to marking. Basic grammatical errors are picked out almost instantaneously and let's not get started on the typographical nightmare that is handwriting.
Sunago’s platform allows for seamless communication with an educational service suite that provides students with everything they need to improve on their language acquisition and improvement in one space. For learning to take place, It's not enough to have students and teachers present, but for that presence to be easily had.
5. Moving away from textbooks to more interactive resources
The biggest attraction that online platforms provide to education practitioners and language institutes is the increase in options for learning materials. Now, videos, audios, quizzes, and tests can be shared in just a few clicks without the need for a separate setup. Teachers are able to access different forms of learning, from rote, observational and instructional and cover a wider range of student learning profiles.
Instant quiz and test results allows teachers to do error corrections on the spot, speeding up the learning process.
Sunago’s platform also provides incentives for self learning and revision. This allows students who may not have the freedom of time, travel, or health to be able to attend all live classes.
Online platforms make it possible for language institutions to exist beyond the confines of the classroom, and that makes it more accessible to all parties irrespective of background, location, and circumstances. The year is 2020, and with the advancements of technology and the ever increasing adoption of its many uses, we can take the extra step to truly help language institutions function on a level never seen before. The biggest improvement is that both teachers and students alike have more control over the pace of their learning.
The world is growing ever more connected. Learning institutions can only function if they serve their communities effectively, and with the digital era on the rise, the communities too are growing ever more so online. For language institutions to truly function as intended and even more so, then it's about time to take a look at what Sunago’s platform has to offer, and how it can help.
Sunago Education is your one-stop English solution provider. With its team of professionals with over 25 years of experience in delivering effective English educational programmes, Sunago Education brings quality English teaching to the comfort of homes.
Visit https://www.sunagoeducation.com/ today and speak to us today about how we can help you master the English language.