Scenario 6A - Personalising learning pathways and learning contents
Guaranteeing flexibility to your students means giving them the possibility to choose among different learning contents (in terms of format, level of difficulty, etc.) and/or different pathways (for instance, depending on their prior knowledge). This would motivate students and help them in retaining a high level of attention throughout the course, with positive effects on learning.
To provide your students with different learning pathways and different learning contents in an online course, you can assign students to one or to several groups. Or you can set up groups, so that students assign themselves. Furthermore, you can restrict access to an entire topic within a course.
GROUPS. In an online course, you can use groups if you want to allocate a particular activity, resource or topic section to just one sub-set of students and you don’t want the others to access it. Watch the following video to learn how to set up the groups functionality.
GROUP CHOICE. In an online course, you can allow students to freely choose one group and enrol themselves in that group. As a teacher, you can define the groups offered and the maximum number of students allowed in each group. The students can view the members of each group before making a selection, and (if the teacher allows it) can change their selected group until the deadline. More than one group may be chosen if necessary. Watch the following video to learn how to set up the group choice functionality.
CHOICE. This functionality allows you to ask a question and set up radio buttons which students can click to make a selection from a number of possible options/ responses. They can choose one or more option and they can update their selection, if you allow it.
Choices can be useful when you want your students to choose among different pathways or contents, but of course can be also very useful as quick poll to stimulate thinking, to allow voting, to gauge progress, etc. Watch the following video to learn how to set up the choice functionality.