Learn about the indicators that measure the success of digital education
Fundamental changes in society occur when unexpected events force widespread experimentation around a new idea.
For example, during World War II, when men went to war. During this season the women showed that they could do the work of men better or equal to them. Everything changed after that.
Similarly, current circumstances are forcing experiment globally with digital education.
As this great event of elearning implementation progresses, we must pay attention to the educational models offered by digital education. Similarly, to the factors that are taken into account to measure the quality of institutions. As well as on online training platforms.
How is digital education working today?
Digital education is a teaching based on the digital innovation and which aims to impart knowledge to students.
It also makes use of a wide range of technology enhanced educational strategies. In such a way, it includes techniques such as blended learning, flipped learning, personalized learning.
It also uses digital tools, e learning platforms and other strategies that are based on technology in online education to a greater or lesser degree.
In general, when taking an online training program, you can find resources such as:
- Course guides, instructor office hours, and weekly schedules.
- Lectures, videoconferences and recordings audio or podcast downloadable.
- Instructions and tools for submitting assignments.
- interactive media They include quizzes, tests, and practice exercises.
- Classroom chat and course specific discussion threads.
- Databases of research and reference libraries.
- Grades, teacher comments, academic records, and project information.
- Student support services, including teacher Q&A, academic advising, writing centers, and technical support.
What indicators are used to measure its effectiveness
The use of information technologies in the digital age has had a strong impact on the educational system, especially in online learning, because as technology advances, digital literacy becomes a key requirement to interactboth in the private sphere and in the workplace.
Therefore, it is important to understand how students learn and how they can best be taught. In addition to knowing what are the most appropriate teaching strategies for the appropriation of content and how to efficiently organize educational resources. To ensure this goal, the quality indicators for online teaching are divided into eight standard categories:
- professional responsibilities. It is primarily assessed whether the online teacher meets the professional teaching model or has academic credentials in the field in which they are teaching.
- digital pedagogy. Here it is measured whether the online teacher uses digital tools that support communication. Also, productivity, collaboration, analysis, presentation, research, content delivery and interaction.
- community construction. The platform and its online teachers are verified to employ student centered instructional strategies. While implementing current practices that leverage technology for student collaboration.
- student participation. At this point it is ensured that the students have the necessary resources of the course and the appropriate information to navigate the learning platform and perform the required tasks in a timely manner.
- digital citizenship.In this topic, the online platform establishes standards for student behavior that are designed to ensure academic integrity and appropriate use of the Internet that adhere to policies at the program level.
- diverse instruction.The online teacher and support staff, where appropriate, monitor and interpret student progress. In this way, they provide additional support to all students.
- Evaluation and measurement.The teacher or online platform measures student progress through assessments, projects, and assignments that meet standards based learning goals.
- Instructional design.The teacher or elearning platform selects and creates instructional materials. Also, tools, strategies and resources to engage all students and ensure the achievement of academic goals.
Evaluation of digital education: the case of the University of Alborz
This descriptive analytical study was carried out evaluating all the students of the nursing department of the Alborz University of Medical Sciences. Who had taken at least one online course in 2016 2017. Data were collected using a questionnaire developed by researchers based on the DeLone and McLean model.
According to the results, system quality has greater overall impact and affects user satisfaction and intent to use. Therefore, the quality of the system and the platform require special attention. It is important to improve aspects that involve data transfer speed, ease of access, system authenticity, responsiveness, flexibility and ease of use.
In another light, however, that data also points to something pretty obvious. Offering quality virtual training implies having adequate technologies and a satisfactory user experience. Otherwise, the relationship between technology and better learning will end up having an unsuccessful connection.