Like brick-and-mortar schools, some online programs are excellent while others are not, and much hinges on the solution selected to bring teachers and students together online. HP’s BeOnline program was developed with all of these aspects in mind.
1. Keeping pedagogy at the core of distance learning
Organizations looking into e-learning tend to overly focus on tools and content; but digital pedagogy is a key aspect that shouldn’t be overlooked in order to bridge the physical distance between students and educators.
Indeed, students ’isolation – from teachers as sources of information and from their peers as sources of support – may be one of the major drawbacks of distance learning; and although the incorporation of video and messaging can help address this risk, the philosophy informing educators ’decisions and behaviors remains the key to success.
This is why HP enrolled learning innovations group Mirai as part of its BeOnline program. Mirai provides schools with free-of-charge digital pedagogy guidance on teaching, learning, digitization and quality assurance, activating its extensive expertise in education technologies to help schools and teachers face disruptions and adapt effectively.
2. Providing an integrated learning experience
Faced with a bevy of online tools and platforms, and having to swiftly adjust to unique circumstances, educational institutions are not equipped to put together integrated e-learning systems themselves.
However, using different tools and solutions – a video conferencing here, a document sharing software there – can lead to a scattershot experience for both teachers and students, and hampers the schooling’s efficiency. Conversely, a fully-integrated digital collaboration ecosystem ensures that all tools, documents, materials and communications systems are connected seamlessly and are constantly accessible, shareable and updated by all.
On HP’s BeOnline, schools can access Microsoft Teams, a virtual space on which Classera creates Virtual Classrooms. These classrooms meet the three criteria that leave a true impact on the learning ecosystem: they are intelligent and optimize gamification principles by allowing students to learn with games, compete with one another and earn points that can be used to get discounts in a variety of stores – which, incidentally, facilitates the adoption process; they’re also social and connected, so that anybody can learn anywhere and anytime; and finally, they are inspiring and engaging, keeping the focus on the learner.
3. Ensuring proper educational management
Distance learning tools usually focus on the content, sometimes to the detriment of the managerial aspect of education. However, and as any principal will tell you, proper management systems are a pivotal element of any educational environment – whether offline or online.
A good distance learning solution should therefore offer a full service incorporating managerial tasks such as attendance, certification and assessment.
Classera brings to BeOnline its expertise in learning management systems to ensure that the program offers a comprehensive, effective and robust virtual school set-up. BeOnline uses Classera’s Class Light Learning Management System for managing, administrating and delivering course content and educational materials, along with online collaboration and instant reporting. Intuitive and easy-to-use functionalities and dashboards ensure that teachers and administrators all have the essential data and information at their fingertips and remain in control of the pedagogical process.
4. Implementing distance learning smoothly and easily
The e-learning adoption and familiarization process can initially be slow and cumbersome. However, in these confined times, schools and universities cannot afford to spend long periods of time educating and training teachers and students on online learning literacy. In this disruptive context, intuitive and easy-to-use distance learning programs and solutions can then make a world of difference.
HP’s BeOnline program is specifically designed to help schools and universities establish a full-fledged virtual learning environment and quickly engage in distance learning. While Classera and Mirai can advise educators on their managerial and pedagogical needs, HP accompanies them throughout the process of adopting these new tools.
Provided until the end of the academic year at no cost, BeOnline is part of HP’s commitment to enable better learning results for 100 million people globally by 2025, using technology to support new styles of learning.
This article is brought to you by HP: visit https://enable.hp.com/BeOnline to learn more about HP’s BeOnline initiative.