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Want to influence what and how much your learners study? Here's how 💡

14-Oct-2022 09:00:00

In our last post, we spoke about getting learners engaged with their digital learning courses by tailoring them to suit their needs, setting expectations around study time, positioning the courses within the make up of their overall study commitments and making them aware of the courses' benefits.

It's one thing getting them started, but it is another thing keeping them studying consistently. In this post we tell you how to keep learners engaged and interested consistently over the period of their study so they can increase their chances of language learning success exponentially.

Are you interested in knowing how to get your learners using digital courses consistently? Read on👇

8 steps to learner success with digital learning courses: Part 2 of 2 

Step 5 – 8 What happens during the ‘study period’?

So, once learners are onboarded, registered and excited about using the app - what happens next?

It is one thing getting learners to use the app, but the key is to keep them engaged with digital learning and to get them using it consistently - this is where they will feel its true value. Consider steps 5 – 8 as ways to ensuring consistent usage.

Step 5. Keep the App front and centre

A smartphone screen 📱 is a competitive space – our eyeballs 👁️👁️ are for sale! But there are few things better for a learner of English than to harness the power of that pocket supercomputer and use their screen time for language improvement.

But if we aren’t careful the App could be consigned to the dusty corner of page 5 of the home screen, never to see the light of day. So to solve this, get your learners to place the App beside their favourite app on the home screen.

Keeping the app in a prominent position on their phone will serve as a constant reminder that they have to study and that the process of engaging with the learning content is an important one.  

Step 6. Empower your teachers

Empowering your teachers to influence their learners’ self-study behaviour in the App is a powerful motivator for learners and very rewarding for teachers as well. It has a number of benefits for learners and teachers. This is easily done with our monitoring and communication functionality built into our LMS. 

For learners it:

  1. is motivating and increases learners’ self-study time ↗️
  2. helps foster independent learning skills 🤹🏻
  3. gives learners maximum exposure to expertly created learning content 💪
  4. increases their chances of language learning success exponentially 📈

For teachers it:

  1. gives them influence outside of the classroom to support their learners 👩🏻‍🏫
  2. rewards their efforts by providing real time data on learner App usage 📈
  3. adds a powerful digital learning tool to their teaching tool kit. 🧰

What’s more, when teachers monitor and encourage their learners to use the app they see an immediate and significant uptick ↗️ in learner engagement, and it takes around 5 minutes of their time to do. 

Step 7. Empower the manager

Ok! So sometimes a teacher might be a little slow off the mark encouraging their learners, sometimes it can take a little time to get used to using a new system, no matter how simple it might appear from the outside. The consequence of this may be that their learners do not have engagement stats at the same levels as others. Our administrative tools allow academic managers to monitor learner engagement at a glance, and dig deeper when they need to. Having this information to hand is a powerful enablement tool that empowers managers to take action if  expected engagement targets are lower than expected.

Step 8. Demonstrate the data

We all want to feel valued and that we bring value to an organisation. If we make a decision to invest in something, we want our return on investment. With digital learning resources, this should be measured in learner engagement. If the learners engage, results improve and the money is well spent – we all feel valued and get a good night's sleep! With our system transparency is key, and data driven. You have real time reports set up to display usage stats, and easily see if learner engagement metrics are meeting your expectations and worth your budgetary spend. 

In summary

Learners engage with digital learning courses when they know:

  1. the work is important, ✅
  2. there is transparency and clarity around what is expected of them✅
  3. the expectation is both reasonable and part of their overall study plan✅

These three points probably play a significant role in the extent to which all forms of study succeed, and when they are in place, engagement with digital learning resources thrive.

But what makes digital courses different, is that they are ruthlessly efficient in helping learners improve their level of English. They tackle many of the more boring elements of traditional study, and super charge them with innovative activities and instant feedback.

Digital courses:

  1. save time and money, ⏳💰
  2. empower by providing teacher reach into the study world beyond the classroom 🌏
  3. increase the chances of language learning success for your learners exponentially. 🏅

One question: Knowing the positive impact that this technology can have on your organisation, can you afford not to use it?

Richard McHugh
Written by Richard McHugh

Richard has been involved in the English language industry since 2002. He has held many roles from teacher, to academic manager and school director. He is Director of Sales EMEA for Reallyenglish. He holds a PGCE in Designing and Implementing Open, Online and Distance Learning Programmes, and a Master’s in Education from the Open University.

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