Flip & Flop the classroom: maximise your language student engagement online.
March 11, 2021
10 min read
When it comes to maximizing student engagement in online language learning tips are never enough. Even we at Edugo.AI have already faced this topic (you didn’t miss our previous article, did you?) However, we’d like to dive even deeper in the subject today, since it seems that to find the perfect formula for engaging students - and put it into practice - is more challenging than expected.
If you are reading those lines, I guess it’s because you have been complaining about lack of interaction between you and your students, frequent distractions during the live sessions and even got the feeling at least once that the material you used in face-to-face classes is not optimal for the virtual environment. Am I right?
The first step to stop feeling frustrating is to switch from the remote learning approach to the online learning. Reproducing the exact traditional experience of a face-to-face classroom on the screen of a computer is not a winning strategy. Since the means of learning have changed, new dynamics and timing have arisen, thus implying you need to adapt your teaching modality to them. How? Just rethink the language learning experience fully online.
Overcoming the traditional classroom approach and embracing the online learning modality not only brings you plenty of benefits, but it is also strictly related to student engagement.
Through our 3+ years of experience in the language education field, we’ve discovered that there’s a strong and direct connection between student engagement and personalization: the more personalized language material and feedback students receive, the more they feel like to keep learning.
In traditional classrooms, i.e. when students listen to teacher’s lecture and then practice the given material at home, the information mostly comes from the professor, who also controls the class discussions. Since the practicing part happens when the student is alone, active exchanges in class are sporadic and feedback on the student's performance just arrives after a test. It’s not surprising if students doze off or drive attention to their Instagram feed.
A more recent learning trend, the so called “Flipped Classroom”, has shown efficiency in providing more personalized experience to students – thus more engagement - since it turns the traditional educational process upside down. First, students self-study the lesson topic, then practice with teachers and fellows in the live session. This allows not only to diversify the activities during the class, but also to provide students personalized feedback. Teachers now facilitate the learning process and fill the knowledge gaps students have.
However, for maximum student engagement we can still move a further step, turning the classroom upside down one more time – here is where the Edugo.AI’s “Flip&Flop the classroom” concept needs to be introduced. You can provide personalized material and feedback to students also after the live lesson, thus adding an extra layer of personalization to your language classes. This way, students reveal to be eager to practice more and more, as they can learn what they really need.
The winning formula for highest level of student engagement thus is:
Flip the Classroom + Live Lesson + Flop the Classroom.
Sounds good – you might think – but how to provide such a high level of personalization to each student?
Here we are to land you a hand. Edugo.AI platform uses state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence to facilitate teachers’ job, by automatically processing the lesson topics of both a live student-teacher session and pre-made material uploaded on the platform; then generates a set of interactive exercises to master any skill in learning a new language – the content is personalised to each student. As students make errors during exercises, the software generates focus around these mistakes; these "weak areas" unique to each learner are then improved.
Edugo.AI’s technology empowers teachers in each step of the “student engagement winning formula”:
Flip the Classroom:
Professor uploads on the platform various media (video, text, and audio are all supported) to introduce language points. The system automatically generates the set of gamified exercises, which engages different parts of the brain and gets students eager to practice.
Deepen the language topic with your students and drive the lesson following their needs. Create and send interactive exercises live, thus evaluate the student’s performance and provide instant feedback.
Flop the Classroom:
When the live class is over, a review lesson is immediately generated and available for both students and teacher. It comprehends:
🔹 Key words and key sentences of the lesson
🔹 Personalised and interactive exercises automatically generated after the lesson
🔹 Feedback on student’s performance automatically given by the system.
Student engagement is this way maximized, since it happens at each step of the learning process: before, during and after each live session. Higher retention rates automatically follow.
Edugo.AI has proven to increase learning-retention rates in learners from 25% up to 60%. All-the-while, teaching jobs become simplified, which means instructors can now fully focus on lesson content and material, and engage students with the new online dynamics effortlessly. Quality of teaching is now not only ensured, but enhanced! Thanks to technology, your language school can naturally stand out from online learning competitors, and dominate the online market.
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