Online learning can be frustrating and hard to keep up with. Occasional live streams and limited teacher-student interaction could lead to low productivity. However, some measures can be taken to make sure that online learning is accessible to all. They include:
- MAKE ONLINE TUTORIALS DOWNLOADABLE
Live streaming requires a lot of internet bundles. That also comes with a price; many students may not attend the class. Therefore, these students miss out on the class activities and have to borrow notes from their colleagues. To come around this, the class activities should be downloadable. Downloads require fewer internet bundles compared to live streams.
- CREATE SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND EBOOKS FOR YOUR SUBJECT
This is a great idea for tutors as it allows for quick learning. Students also tend to understand their teachers’ notes better. Simple to understand ebooks have always been beneficial to students. This is an approach that has been used by tutorials point to make learning on their website easy to understand.
- PROVIDE FREE INTERNET BUNDLES TO STUDENTS
I know many tutors might find this overwhelming. Nonetheless, this is one of the best motivational strategies for students to enroll in online classes. All the school needs to do is to liaise with an Internet Service Provider. An ISP can provide subsidized internet bundles for the students. Subsidized bundles are usually cheap and thus very affordable.
- USE OTHER ONLINE PLATFORMS
WhatsApp is one of the best alternatives for online learning. WhatsApp and can be used for different class activities. Another alternative is Facebook’s messenger rooms. They work more or less like WhatsApp groups.
- ONLINE CLASSES TO BE ACCESSIBLE FROM SMARTPHONES
This is by no doubt, the best way to make online learning inclusive, cheap, and equitable. Not everyone can afford a laptop but a good number can afford a smartphone.
Online learning should be enjoyable, inclusive, and most importantly, equitable. It should be accessible to both the needy and the well to do. Its success, therefore, is dependent on its equitability.
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