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Your e-learning toolkit

With the continual advancement of the EdTech industry, it can be daunting to take that first step into the e-learning space. This is especially true if e-learning is not something you’ve explored much before. But e-learning is nothing to be feared.

In fact, e-learning done well should debunk the fears associated with technology and trying something new. Along with making learning more convenient, e-learning establishes wider connections and allows for an integrated and digitally charged approach to education. With the help of just a few practical tools, you can enhance your e-learning process exponentially.

1. Your webcam is your friend

Some things are better explained through speech, rather than text. As an alternative to in-person learning, video calls are the next best thing to facilitate interpersonal engagement. Video communication software like Google Hangouts provides a simple and convenient way to interact with peers, team members, and stakeholders alike. It is also convenient for training en masse as multiple learners can attend a training session or seminar from wherever they are. In the event of time differences or schedule conflicts, these conversations can be recorded and watched at a later stage. You can also make use of the screen-sharing function to view one another’s screens to ensure that nothing is lost in translation.

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2. Create video lectures through audio recording

In many learning environments, using PowerPoint has most likely become second nature. Take your presentation to the next level by narrating the slides to give your learners context and additional information that may otherwise have been missed. This addition of audio to the visual and textual format of learning material can encourage your learners to engage more deeply with the content.

3. Collaborate over the cloud

Cloud-based storage has been tried and tested again and again. Use these handy applications to share and collaborate on tasks. Google Docs and Google Sheets are both easy-to-use and not only do they allow for great file storage, but multiple people can edit the documents at once which can be just the thing your group work needs.

4. Communication is key

Just as communication channels like Slack or Microsoft Teams prove beneficial in the workplace, they are also valuable in e-learning. A learning management system (LMS) like Moodle allows you to create forums where learners can pose questions to their class and instructors, work together on group work projects, and form community networks.

5. Use your curiosity

Any learning journey is made better, and more enjoyable, when it is approached with curiosity. It’s important for learners to ask questions and remain inquisitive when engaging with learning material. When you’re creating or curating learning material, use your curiosity to interrogate and experiment with the digital resources that are being integrated into the learning process.

Building a toolkit has never looked better! With these handy tools at your disposal, you can be armed and ready for the e-learning journey in all its glory. Embrace the challenge and the excitement of this ever-evolving online space, because it is a wonderful environment to be part of.

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