Is it possible to improve student engagement in online language classes? If you are a teacher, you know very well that interaction and participation are critical to keeping students' attention, even more so in a virtual classroom.
Here are some tips for keeping your users' interest high, and making sure they continue to follow your language classes for a long time.
The importance of increasing student engagement in online classrooms
Online language learning can be a great opportunity in a market where students' needs are undergoing major changes. Two years into the pandemic have resulted in a shift in the habits of language classes around the world. Not only that: increased digitization, brought about by the growing availability of the Internet and mobile devices, is also pushing toward a hybrid or fully online learning (and thus teaching).
The truth, however, is that we do not consider that the interaction between teacher and students in an online classroom is very different from a physical classroom. At the same time, we do not take full advantage of the tools that digital technologies offer today's teachers.
That is why we at Edugo.AI have always strived to develop the full potential of artificial intelligence to make the work of language teachers as easy as possible.
To understand exactly how significant the digital revolution is for the educational field, we at Edugo.AI have conducted extensive research, targeting members of language education worldwide for their insight. Through our talks, one thing stood out: Student engagement is plummeting.
Academics from all levels have noticed a gradual decline in interest from students. From skipping lessons to incomplete coursework, students are losing incentive as intimate support from teachers no longer exists. Already lacking self-discipline and motivation, new isolation measures make it even easier for students to give up.
The crucial question here is: How do we engage learners when we are not together physically?
Student engagement plays a decisive role in any language school’s online success. Engaged learners express strong satisfaction in their learning experiences and demonstrate excellent results in class. This essentially is what keeps students going – online or offline.
The top 4 strategies in increasing and ensuring student engagement in language teaching
1. 👨 Provide Personalised Content to Each Student
Every individual has a reason unique to them for learning a language. By removing their personal interests, a student’s attention span drops dramatically through loss of interest in learning generalised content, and so the lessons are evaluated useless subconsciously. It is these very unique reasons that drive learners to contextualise content, benefitting their personal objectives.
2. 💡 Encourage Active-Learning.
Edutainment is the ultimate key to engagement fun for all ages! The benefits of stimulating the brain’s pleasure circuits through gaming have well been established in the modern world. With the power to optimize the brain’s processing of new information and content memorization, the results induce long-lasting affinities in students for academic subjects with otherwise complex problems.
3. ⏰ Deliver Timely and Effective Feedback.
Successful digital learning requires consistent feedback and evaluation – which includes self-assessment. This gives students the opportunity to take ownership of their learning progress and constantly seek more goals.
4. ✏️ Stretch and Maximize the Learning Experience.
Take advantage of modern technology. Tech is a crucial opportunity for schools to go beyond the traditional limitations of time and space. Today, schools can provide online/offline content via pre-recorded as well as live lessons. This maximises teaching potential within the school, and complements student availability.
Implementing these 4 engagement strategies may seem challenging, however, at Edugo.AI we have answered the call through our all-in-one platform designed for language-learning. Thanks to Adaptive Learning technology, our system is designed to create personalised content, automated to each student, based off live-interaction with teachers. Our LMS supports any kind of material, and through Artificial Intelligence algorithms we turn everyday lessons into fun and interactive exercises.
By combining these strategies, Edugo.AI has proven to increase online-engagement by over 50%. Thus, the learning process not only feels seamless and effortless, but also stimulates student interaction.