As the owner or the administrator of a school in the 21st century you have essentially four ways of providing educational material to your students. Each way has its pros, cons, and business strategies associated with it. No matter which way works best for you Your Agora can help.
Traditional courses are best for schools whose students do not have reliable access to the internet and whose teachers are unfamiliar with or fearful of computers. The material is typically provided in print form with comprehensive instructions for students and teachers alike. While expensive, difficult to adapt, and impossible to easily track, printed material has the benefit of being rigorously tested and readily available from world-class publishers.
While Your Agora is not geared towards serving traditional courses, there are still thousands of types of material that are intelligently cataloged and easily modified which can be easily printed and used to supplement a traditional course. To learn more, click on the button below.
A blended learning course combines all the benefits of online education (automation, analysis, course management and multimedia integration) but still retains all the benefits of an in-person education (greater personal connections, student to student interactions, and natural practice). Such courses can also employ more novel approaches like flipped learning. The downsides of such courses are that they are usually still as expensive as traditional offline courses and it can be difficult to get your teachers to learn and embrace the LMS (learning management system) you use for the online components.
Your Agora has an impressive suite of tools designed to make setting up a blended learning course as easy as possible and offers free onboarding to teachers through video conferencing and easy to follow tutorials. To learn more about setting up a blended learning course with Your Agora, click on the button below.
Teacher guided online courses have the benefit of direct teacher instruction without the costs associated with having to meet in person. Such courses are still regularly scheduled with a teacher and at least one student that then communicate using a video conferencing tool like Skype, Google Hangouts, TeamViewer or Zoom. Students still get the personal connection of a teacher but interactions are of course more limited. Such courses are best suited to students who are unable to travel to a school or cannot afford a typically more expensive in-person educational experience. The biggest problem with such courses is that it can be quite difficult to facilitate student to student interactions and practice guided by a teacher which is the cornerstone of modern in-person teaching methods.
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Once a student has signed up for a student driven course, they are left largely to their own devices. Such courses are great for students who work well independently and are driven to succeed on their own. Depending on the material offered, there may be some assignment review required of a teacher such as reading answers or listening to students recorded answers but they can also be fully automated if they only contain exercises like matching, multiple choice, fill in the blank and true/false.
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