In recent years, there has been a shift in higher education through the use of blended learning technologies. Some institutions in the industry have embraced this shift, but most colleges and universities have struggled to find a solution. This reality is largely lead by the fact that educators are finding it challenging to implement a comprehensive content solution which permits effective design of blended learning courses.
Instructional designers and instructors have difficulty transitioning and connecting between in-person lectures and online activities. This creates confusion with students, ultimately leading to students struggling to understand expectations in the courses. The lack of cohesion in these courses create an environment where students lose confidence in themselves as they’re trying to understand content.
Designers also struggle with the technological side of hybrid course design. Many systems that are used in higher education lack integration options due to the lack of Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) and Application Program Interface (API) features.
Fortunately, there’s a solution to address these challenges. Omega Notes is an online collaborative learning system that may be integrated with any LTI or API. Omega Notes is also designed to simplify or surpass these common difficulties when preparing a hybrid course. With Omega Notes Insights, course designers can actively change their content approach at any level due to the availability of comprehensive learning analytics. This dramatically improves individual student level course design.
Omega Notes also allows all educators to create personalized eBooks and Course Packs for their students. Instructors can pick and choose from publications to create condensed eBooks that only contain content that is relevant to the course. This creates a more affordable and organized structure for the students to follow. Furthermore, it permits an organized course structure educators appreciation as it allows them to keep their finger on the pulse of their student’s successes and struggles. Keeping the instructors and students on the same page reduces the insecurities that students have with hybrid courses and improves learning outcomes.
By Brenden Thomas