Evidence shows that deep and lasting learning happens when students engage with each other and collaborate on constructive tasks.
An often overlooked aspect of scaling online education is the ‘‘social learning’’ experience – where learning activities are strategically designed to work better with a group of learners. This forms a community where students interact, engage, and connect with each other towards achieving the outcomes envisioned within the courses.
Unlike traditional models which focus on scaling the teacher, this approach scales the collective knowledge, skills, and effort of the community. With the right course design and facilitation, this approach means that larger class sizes can actually improve the learning experience.
The OpenLearning platform is ideal for designing and delivering courses with social-constructive activities. Form communities of practice, capture rich interaction data, and showcase your research.