Online courses have become a key part of the instructional offerings of most learning institutions, from prestigious universities to local high schools. They allow students greater scheduling flexibility, reach a broader geographic pool, and reduce costs. Schools today have to offer online courses and supplementary resources to stay competitive. But the fact remains - these courses can be really dull.
Anyone who has tried to teach themselves new STEM material by sitting quietly and reading a textbook can tell you that this is a very difficult way to truly absorb most STEM concepts. Even bright, motivated students will find it challenging to maintain sustained concentration on this content, never mind fully understanding it. Students can skim, skip ahead before they are ready, and not even notice that their attention has wandered and they are not taking in what they are reading. Adding videos to online courses appears to be a natural solution, and it helps, certainly. But many students find it hard enough to pay sustained attention to a lecture even when they are physically in the same room with the lecturer. When the lecture is in the form of a recorded video, the temptation to switch to another tab, check social media, send a quick text, rummage through playlists, and even get up to get a cup of coffee, all while the lecture is playing, can be overwhelming.
So how do you get your online students to pay attention and actually learn?
In this whitepaper, you will learn how Möbius Courseware, and especially Möbius Courseware’s Active Slideshow, provides the same experience students would get with a good instructor, with the additional benefit that each student receives a tailored experience based on their individual needs. With high levels of engagement, relevant interactivity, and integrated instant assessment, your students will be forced to sit up and pay attention to their online courses (and learn something in the process!).