At Heritage, we believe that quality learning can occur from a distance through a combination of online and offline processes. The shift to virtual mode of learning begins with consideration of how educators can play the role of caregivers and lesson creators while utilising their resources and experiences in sync with our Vision of Learning.
A learning community where each is free to be and grow towards the realisation of their highest human potential through harmonious integration of spirit, heart, mind and body.
Our actions are guided by the core framework of 3 Rs – Relevance, Relationship and Rigour.
We will develop Relationship through the core principles of:
We will ensure Relevance through:
We will create Rigour by:
The purpose of this guide is to provide detailed guidance on the use of virtual mode of learning for instructional designers and educators. It also provides basic concepts and information on the processes and resources involved in e-learning development, useful tips around policy and guidelines for the use of online platforms which will go a long way for the capacity development of the whole community.
There are two kinds of online learning and teaching that we need to balance based on our circumstances:
SynchronousLearning happens collaboratively and at the same time with a group of online learners and the teacher. Synchronous learning enables learners to ask questions and receive answers straight away. Learners can also collaborate freely with other learners.
For example: Webinars, Posts, Video conferencing, Virtual classrooms
AsynchronousLearning happens at any time, not necessarily in a group, but with teacher feedback. It is learner-centered, enabling learners to complete courses without the constraints of having to be in a certain place at a certain time.
For example: Email, Pre-recorded Video Lessons and Webinars
XLS recommends a variety of learning systems. However, the most important consideration is that teachers, students, and even parents have a central location for accessing digital instructional materials, assignments, assessments, and other resources.
It is imperative to keep all communications, assignments, and instructional material in a single standardized system in order to avoid confusion. Links to material, class meetings via online meeting platforms like Google Hangouts, and other resources should be posted in the LMS rather than scattered across separate emails, systems, or websites.