eLearning for allOvercoming barriers to online learning
The aim
Improve access to free andlow-cost educationGive disadvantaged learners theguidance and structure theyneed to obtain meani...
Who are thesedisadvantaged learners?High-school graduatesin emerging economieswho need to obtainfurther skills but do noth...
The argument
Learning resources existHundreds of free and low-cost educational toolsexist online, and more areadded each day.Videos, ph...
Most students drop out ofonline coursesMassive Online Open Courses(MOOCs) see huge attritionDrop-out rate: 92%Drop outComp...
Most students graduatefrom traditional coursesCampus-based courses keepstudents on trackStanford graduationrate: 92%Gradua...
Why do students drop outof online courses?And how can we help them stay engaged and gainuseful skills?
Barriers to effectiveonline learning1. Practical2. Structural3. Academic4. Motivational5. Personal6. Linguistic
1. PracticalLearners need access to properfacilities, software and hardware
2. StructuralLearners need guidance on choosing the best resourcesfor particular subject areas.They need a structured form...
3. AcademicLearners need to learn how to learn – they need somebasic level of education and the ability to study.Without t...
4. MotivationalLearners need t0 see where it’s all going – there needsto be a job on the other side
5. PersonalLearners need personal attention from teachers and experts.They need to collaborate with other students on indi...
6. LinguisticLearners may need helpmastering newlanguagesin order to take full advantage of onlineresources.
To help disadvantagedstudents accesseducation, we donotneed to create moreeducational resources
To help disadvantagedstudents accesseducation, we need touse existing resourcesbetter
1. PracticalCreate learning centers in colleges, libraries or small satelliteunits with computers, IT support, software an...
2. StructuralProvide curricula and study paths with set timeframes anddeadlines. Use the best of existing educationalresou...
3. AcademicPrecede each study path with remedial courses wherenecessary.Offer workshops and mentoring.
4. MotivationalPartner with local businesses to offer internships andapprenticeships. Hold networking events and workshops...
5. PersonalPartner with local professionals and businesses for in-personmentoring and tutoring.Partner with international ...
6. LinguisticOfferlanguage courses as a pre-requisite (wherenecessary) to another study path.
Pros and cons oflow-cost eLearningBenefitsCheap– makes use of free orlow-cost educationalresourcesNot reliant upon availab...
Can low-cost eLearninghelp improve educationfor disadvantagedlearners?
Monica Guyelearningtransforms.com
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How to improve access to free and low-cost online education for disadvantaged learners, including students in developing countries, people with disabilities and others who lack the time, money or opportunity to attend traditional educational courses. Identifies 6 barriers to effective online learning: Practical, Structural, Academic, Motivational, Personal, Linguistic. Proposes solutions to help learners access and complete online courses.

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  1. 1. eLearning for allOvercoming barriers to online learning
  2. 2. The aim
  3. 3. Improve access to free andlow-cost educationGive disadvantaged learners theguidance and structure theyneed to obtain meaningfuleducation through free and low-cost online resources.Help them use new skills andknowledge to obtain workthrough or in the online sphere.
  4. 4. Who are thesedisadvantaged learners?High-school graduatesin emerging economieswho need to obtainfurther skills but do nothave the money orleisure or opportunityto pursue them in atraditional universitysetting.People with disabilitieswho do not have accessto traditional educationbut can use computer.Learners who lack thetime or money topursue a traditionalcourse, whetheremployed orunemployed.
  5. 5. The argument
  6. 6. Learning resources existHundreds of free and low-cost educational toolsexist online, and more areadded each day.Videos, phone and tableapps, presentations, animations, whitepapers, tutorials, dictionaries, manuals, interactivetests, massive online opencourses (MOOC)….We have the tools
  7. 7. Most students drop out ofonline coursesMassive Online Open Courses(MOOCs) see huge attritionDrop-out rate: 92%Drop outComplete
  8. 8. Most students graduatefrom traditional coursesCampus-based courses keepstudents on trackStanford graduationrate: 92%GraduateDrop out
  9. 9. Why do students drop outof online courses?And how can we help them stay engaged and gainuseful skills?
  10. 10. Barriers to effectiveonline learning1. Practical2. Structural3. Academic4. Motivational5. Personal6. Linguistic
  11. 11. 1. PracticalLearners need access to properfacilities, software and hardware
  12. 12. 2. StructuralLearners need guidance on choosing the best resourcesfor particular subject areas.They need a structured format for completing theprogram within a realistic timeline.
  13. 13. 3. AcademicLearners need to learn how to learn – they need somebasic level of education and the ability to study.Without this foundation it is hard for students to progress.
  14. 14. 4. MotivationalLearners need t0 see where it’s all going – there needsto be a job on the other side
  15. 15. 5. PersonalLearners need personal attention from teachers and experts.They need to collaborate with other students on individualproblems.
  16. 16. 6. LinguisticLearners may need helpmastering newlanguagesin order to take full advantage of onlineresources.
  17. 17. To help disadvantagedstudents accesseducation, we donotneed to create moreeducational resources
  18. 18. To help disadvantagedstudents accesseducation, we need touse existing resourcesbetter
  19. 19. 1. PracticalCreate learning centers in colleges, libraries or small satelliteunits with computers, IT support, software and hardware.Centers should be safe and open 24 hours to accommodateout-of-hours learning.
  20. 20. 2. StructuralProvide curricula and study paths with set timeframes anddeadlines. Use the best of existing educationalresources, supplemented with fresh material.At the end of each study path there should be a certificate orqualification detailing skills obtained.
  21. 21. 3. AcademicPrecede each study path with remedial courses wherenecessary.Offer workshops and mentoring.
  22. 22. 4. MotivationalPartner with local businesses to offer internships andapprenticeships. Hold networking events and workshops oncreating portfolios and resumes and marketing yourselfonline.Have a careers advisor with specific training in internet-basedjobs and job seeking
  23. 23. 5. PersonalPartner with local professionals and businesses for in-personmentoring and tutoring.Partner with international universities and colleges to enhanceinter-student collaboration and professor time.
  24. 24. 6. LinguisticOfferlanguage courses as a pre-requisite (wherenecessary) to another study path.
  25. 25. Pros and cons oflow-cost eLearningBenefitsCheap– makes use of free orlow-cost educationalresourcesNot reliant upon availabilityof good teachersFlexible – any time learningfits in with jobs and othercommitmentsMakes better use of alreadyexisting materialsChallengesResources areincomplete – lots ofholes in the materialsMight be seen as a quickfix solution, hinderinginvestment in propereducational facilitiesFewer teachers leads tolack of supervision
  26. 26. Can low-cost eLearninghelp improve educationfor disadvantagedlearners?
  27. 27. Monica Guyelearningtransforms.com

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