Transformation in Online Learning

Posted by Jenny Wakefield on September 30 2022 at 6:22 a.m.

  • Discussion Prompt: While remote learning for the college student experience provides many advantages that relate to convenience, opportunity, and success; additional concentration should be devoted to exploring the performance, engagement, and experience of this population. Structure and layout in the Learning Management System is something that directly affects the course experience. Furthermore, student support is an avenue that online learners are less likely to seek due to the autonomous demeanor of navigating through classes, websites, and college or university resources in their own space or setting. 1. How important are course structure and layout to the learning experience? 2. Also, what are elements that can support the location and delivery of student support services for the remote learner?


      1. Course structure and layout are really important to learners' experience. Good curriculum structure and layout can stimulate students' interest in learning, fully consider the starting level of learners, and promote students' inquiry learning; 2. Artificial intelligence technology, such as speech recognition technology to fully understand the needs of learners, so as to provide services to learners.

      Posted in reply to Jenny Wakefield

      • I agree with Minghui that structure and layout of a module in the Learning Management System are important and if not well designed, learners' experience will be affected. The layout should also guide the learner though the materials to be studied. If certain topics/materials need to be studied in advanced of others, LMS should be set up to restrict access if a certain task/activity was not completed. Lecturers should also be provided with proper training on how to use the full features of the LMS to be ale to ensure an enjoyable online learning experience.

        Posted in reply to Minghui Li

        • Christina, Thank you for your response. You are bringing up a really important point: that lecturers should be provided with proper training on the LMS.Or, at least they should have some initial training and then access to training materials, tutorials, and perhaps a dedicated person, well-versed in the LMS, who can easily jump in and assist. We want them to be successful so they need such resources.

          We are using a ticketing system where faculty can submit requests for help. It works fairly well. I am one of the people who respond to tickets there and assist faculty. There is so much to know about an LMS though. There is no way for one person to be able to manage everything unless that is their specialty, of course.

          Posted in reply to Cristina Muntean

  • Minghui, thank you for your post. I am interested in learning more from you regarding how to use artificial intelligence in course design to support learners. What we currently have is the Blackboard ALLY tool that allows students to access materials in a variety of formats based on self-service. What it does it to enable students to choose a format they want the material in, for example, ePub for reading as an e-book on an iPad, Electronic Braille, Audio Mp3 files for listening, and Beeline which is an enhanced version for easier and faster on-screen reading, an immersive reader to aid reading comprehension, and lastly translation of contents to different languages. Do you have some additional artificial intelligence tools that can share with me?

    Kindly, Jenny


    • Thank you for your reply. I share an artificial intelligence learning tool. CNTK is an acronym for Computational Network Toolkit. CNTK is an open source artificial intelligence tool developed by Microsoft for speech recognition and helps with machine translation, image recognition, image captioning, language understanding, text processing, and language modeling.

      Posted in reply to Jenny Wakefield

  • Our Team's second question is: Does your institution use a "Teaching Framework" that guides faculty teaching using best practices? If so, how has your adoption of the framework been? What difficulties may you have had?

    Kindly, --Jenny


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