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How to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Online Classroom with a WordPress Course Plugin
Taking your expertise online sounds ideal (there's no commute, the material isn't limited to local students, etc.). But the reality is that, when you ditch the physical classroom, you also lose things like:
- A physical environment that's tailored to learning (no distractions!)
- In-person gestures, voice cues, and 1-1 communication to help your students grasp the material
- The ability to pivot a lesson's material in a moment if you see your students struggling
... in other words: taking your educational experience online can mean that you risk a warm, personalized environment for one that's a little more ... automated.
That's why we're passionate about empowering educators to make education accessible without sacrificing the heart, soul, and passion behind their expertise.
As you evaluate the features and functionalities of AccessAlly Pro (or whatever other online course systems you're looking into), take the time to really decide whether feature "X" or feature "Y" is going to add to the fundamental value and enhance the learning experience of your online courses.
Flexible Course Formats
Create the online courses you've envisioned with the flexible, drag-and-drop builder.
Make it easier for students to review video lesson materials by adding one-click bookmarks.
Reward a job well done with custom certificates.
Help your students stay focused & motivated with dynamic progress tracking.
Homework & Private Notes
Accept homework submissions, carry on private conversations, and leave customized messages for students with Private Notes.
A variety of quiz types to improve the learning experience.
Not sure which online course features you need?
Read through the list below to learn more about how you can improve the learning experience for your students using our selection of carefully curated online course features.
Flexible, Functional Course Structures
AccessAlly Pro allows you to create flexible, functional online course structures that fit the learning style and format you want to implement.
Whether you'd like to build single lessons, drip-release courses with multiple modules, courses that build sequentially on each other, or a combo of all of the above - it's all possible!
And don't worry: the Course Wizard walks you through all the steps you need to make sure the foundation of your online course is set up, from the permission tags to modules and even individual page creation.
(Plus, you'll have access to the e-commerce features ... so you can automate the selling process for your courses.)
... and unlike many other online course platforms out there, you aren't limited in the number of courses you can create. You pay one price for AccessAlly Pro, whether you're creating five courses or five hundred.
Progress Tracking: Help Students Stay Focused & Motivated
Maybe you're used to handing out a simple course syllabus ... or maybe you prefer to share the Big Picture with your students throughout the semester, so they know exactly where they're headed (and how far they've come).
That's where progress tracking becomes a valuable aide for your online classrooms: students can pace their efforts to match the length of the course and the difficulty of the material involved.
But it doesn't stop there, this feature can be an even bigger aide to you, the instructor: with progress tracking, you can automate motivational messages, rewards, and additional resources so that they are delivered at key moments in the learning experience.
The setup is simple: every time a student marks a checklist item complete, AccessAlly Pro takes note ... and you can decide whether you want to automate follow-up actions, like handing out a congratulations certificate upon a course completion or simply monitoring the progress of your students.
Deliver Custom, Professional Certificates to Your Students the Moment They Complete the Material
If you're offering a certification program, this feature is a no-brainer. After all, a certificate of achievement is one of the deliverables you promised your students when they first signed up.
With AccessAlly Pro, you simply upload your preferred certificate design (in PDF format), and add the customization elements (name, date, etc.) using a simple drag-and-drop builder.
The moment your student completes the required course, AccessAlly will tailor the customization element to fit the individual student, and deliver it to them instantaneously for them to print or simply save for later.
Video Bookmarks: Make Content More Accessible
Have you ever had to watch an hour-long video (taking notes vigorously the whole time), only to spend another hour clicking through, trying to find that one quote for your homework or final paper?
That's where video bookmarks come in handy.
As the course creator, you can break longer videos up into easily-digested chunks with video bookmarks (think of it like a table of contents). With a single click on one of the bookmarks, the student is taken directly to that part of the video.
And, since the bookmarks are tied to progress tracking checklists, you can use them to monitor whether a student has actually completed the course material or not.
Private Notes: Accept Homework Submissions & More
If you are teaching practical, hands-on content to your students, you might want to require them to submit various pieces of homework to show how well they're able to apply each lesson and demonstrate their comprehension.
With AccessAlly Pro's private notes feature, your students can upload files, submit written assignments, and ask pertinent questions about course material on the course page itself.
You can also help students to stay focused on mastering each lesson by requiring homework to be "approved" before releasing the next module or lesson.
It's a simple, powerful tool to promote communication between the course instructor and each student.
Quizzes: Enhance the Learning Experience
When you're teaching an online course, you don't just care about imparting your expertise ... you also want to be certain that the students are grasping the concepts with each passing lesson.
That's where the three quiz styles of AccessAlly Pro come in handy:
- The Personality Quiz - an open-ended quiz type that connects each user with the end result that best fits their personality/knowledge level. (AKA the "Buzzfeed-style quiz"). This quiz type can help you conduct skill level assessments or direct students to the next course that best fits their needs.
- The Graded Quiz - this is your standard "school days" quiz, where each question has a correct answer. This is a great quiz when you need to assess skills learned throughout the course or lesson. As a bonus, you get to decide what a passing grade is.
- The Scoring Test - sometimes a pass/fail grade isn't necessary ... but you still want to have a standard metric for determining eligibility or a range of abilities (like an IQ test score, for example). In this case, you can use a scoring test and assign various "weights" to each response, so some responses hold a higher value over others. It's a great option for student self-assessments.