¿Do you know online educational strategies?

Although it may seem similar to traditional education, virtual learning requires another kind of strategies to boost the students’ compromise with the learning process.

In a virtual virtual environment, there are 4 elements that take place in the learning process: professor, student, online tools and context. To shape and develop an effective educational strategy the elements mentioned need to be combined. The main agent is the online professor; the online professor does not have to act as a content provider but also take advantage of the digital tools that are within his/her reach in the virtual context in order to improve the learners’ motivation and learning process.


The role of the online professor

  • To facilitate synchronous communication.
  • Student-centered learning
  • To favor the students’ active participation
  • To ensure students’ engagement and responsibility.


Online educational strategies

The strategies that we proposed are focused on collaborative work

1.To manage and organize the learning experience

  • Collaborative work
  • To guide, evaluate and give feedback
  • Secuencing tasks: reminders, notifications.
  • To monitor students individually
  • To provide an eLearning environment


2. To invigorate the learning

  • To boost the group via the use of communities and forums where students will be able to communicate among them and solve out their doubts.
  • To create an active and comfortable environment, this way, the learning process will be successful and enjoyable.
  • To use tools for communication: electronic messaging, WhatsApp, chat, etc.
  • To use online activities: collaborative glossaries, discussion groups, brainstorming, etc. This activities will boost critical thinking, collaborative work and idea evaluation.
  • To create Wikis or portfolios in order to sort out general doubts.


3. To motivate and boost interaction in an online context

  • Forum of debate; a space for collaboration and sharing information with the online course classmates
  • Forum of doubts, to provide feedback among compañeros
  • To make use of webinars, which will get the professor close to his/her students
  • To reward students with extra punctuation when fullfiling tasks or participating in forums.


Online tools for collaboration:

  • Google docs
  • Google Slides
  • Skype
  • Dropbox
  • WhatsApp
  • Edueca, moodle