Thursday, August 2, 2018

Raptivity Prep Sheets – A More Convenient Way to Build Interactions

Do you develop your Raptivity learning objects in a team? Or, are you an individual contributor who develops a lot of content and then uses it in Raptivity?  In the former scenario, you might have a subject matter expert in place to develop the content; there could be an editor to proofread it; an artist dedicated to designing graphics; and a course creator or a developer who is actually responsible for putting it all together in Raptivity. With so many people involved, the process to create even a simple learning module could consume a lot of time.
Whereas in the latter, since the onus of everything is on you, you could be struggling to maintain your content repository in a way that is easier to understand and decipher. There might even be situations when you have to seek course content from your customers,or subject matter experts. 

Keeping both the above scenarios and the challenges associated with them in mind, Raptivity has decided to launch interaction specific prep sheets to make their product usage easier. These prep sheets will outline all parameters available in specific interaction templates, along with providing placeholders for listing your content. These would be available as 'free-to-download and use' word files. You can use them to capture course content from various stakeholders, or to organize your content better.

There are several evident benefits of these prep sheets:
  • Even if your team members/external stakeholders are not acquainted with the Raptivity interface, they can still visualize the interaction outline through these prep sheets, and can share the course content accordingly.
  • These prep sheets will simplify your content organization process.
  • If your team needs to create course content in multiple languages, you could directly translate the interaction prep sheet content. This is surely one hassle-free way to create courses in multiple languages.
We will kick off  this idea today by sharing prep sheets for three popular Raptivity interactions:

Flash Cards


When there is a need to reinforce core concepts, facts, or vocabulary, use Flash cards. You could effectively use it as a presentation aid or even a quick quiz. Questions/Cues can appear on one side of the Flash cards and corresponding information or answers can appear on the flip side. You could download the Flash Cards prep sheet here.

eBook


If you wish to reproduce the experience of reading and flipping pages, use the eBook interaction. This interaction, with its flipping effect, and the use of images and videos, makes the whole experience of reading very interesting and close to real life. Download the eBook prep sheet here.

Lesson


If you intend to present something in the form of a screen by screen module, use the Lesson interaction. It allows you to describe the different elements on screen using onscreen text, images and voice over. You could even use it to create guided tours of several application screens. Click here to download the Lesson prep sheet.

Lets us know if you found these prep sheets useful, so that we can build even more. You could drop a note to us at info@raptivity.com, or share your feedback through comments below.  

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Seven Ways to Increase Student Engagement in the Classroom


A survey conducted by Gallup indicates that only half of the world’s adolescent population reports feeling engaged in school and a fifth are actively disengaged. Engagement levels also show a consistent decrease as students get older. With the constantly dropping attention spans, figuring out ways to improve learner engagement is the de-facto goal for most educators today. This blog picks on some handy and straightforward ways to improve classroom engagement. Read on: 

Rock the First 8 Seconds

As per a research by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, you have merely 8 seconds to engage your learners before they move on to the next thing.  So, use the first 8 seconds to your advantage and get down to business in a unique way. Run a trivia related to your subject, share a humorous fact about it, or open up the subject discussion using a video or game.
  
The 10:2 Method

For every 10 minutes of instruction, allocate 2 minutes to your students to process and respond to it. Have them ask any questions they may have, or make them write what they have learned. You could even open up peer discussions in these 2 minutes. 

Make them Move

This is a very basic, yet effective tip for improving classroom engagement. Activities that require students to respond to questions by moving around in the classroom, indulge in some physical tasks, role play, or even write on the whiteboard, keep them engaged.

Let them Ask

Students must be trained on the procedure of procuring information rather than simply consuming. They need to ask more questions, so provide them with abundant opportunities to do so. Encourage them when they ask more questions and reward them when they think out of the box. Make this ritual a part of your classroom, and you might not need to wait for assessments to see the results.

Keep it Real

‘Why am I learning this? This is a question that every student has. ‘Because it is in your syllabus’, is not the best answer. Giving them examples of how they might apply a skill in real life, makes it more relevant and engaging. 

Leverage Technology

Technology distracts students, right? Well, why not harness it to engage them. Make place for digital tools in your classroom. In each of your sessions, designate a fixed time for gadget based exploration and learning. Use relevant apps for hands-on learning and for inculcating creativity. Let students use online tools to complete assignments. Using informative and interactive videos, animations, and strategically designed games is another excellent way to generate curiosity as well as interest in students. This could also help you provide feedback in the moment of learning. 
The Connected Learning Approach

The connected learning approach is keyed to the abundance of information and social connection brought about by the digital media. An example of connected learning may be when a teacher asks students to take pictures of any new words they find outside the classroom, and as a monthly activity, and the entire class goes through the compilation of these pictures from all students. This is an amazing way to increase their vocabulary and keep them engaged in the subject while retaining their everyday technology connection.
Hope you found our compilation of student engagement strategies useful. Do let us know what approaches you use to keep the engagement levels high in your classroom.
Many educational institutes rely on Raptivity to make their classrooms more engaging by using technology. Raptivity provides a plethora of learning templates across categories like presentations, games, quizzes, simulations, etc., to present your classroom content effectively. To find out how Raptivity can help you maximize student engagement in your classroom, take a free trial here.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Five Interactive Learning Trends That Could Be the Game Changer This Year

The learning technology adoption rate has been growing steadily over the last few years. Better, newer technologies and devices have come to the limelight, and people have welcomed them with an open mind. eLearning is also making a paradigm shift to keep up with this changing landscape. Today, various mediums bring eLearning to the learners exactly as they want it. Interactivity has taken different forms, growing bigger than ever. All this is facilitated by new technologies and trends making their way into mainstream. Let’s look at some of these trends.

1. Interactive Videos
Videos are the de-facto standard of communication today. If a picture speaks a thousand words, a video definitely speaks a million. Interactive videos take this experience a level higher as they transform the traditional video experience from a monologue into a dialogue. With their power to turn passive content into an active experience for viewers, interactive videos tend to fetch a larger number of views compared to traditional videos.

Interactive videos should ideally be capable of providing skip navigation, informative overlays and quizzes, feature engaging user interactions, and also help a viewer learn what’s important. These videos can be completely personalized according to the viewer’s requirements. 

2. Micro-Learning
 
Micro-learning is already mainstream. People have been talking about it for long and have started using it considerably to enhance their eLearning courses. But, it is still broadly understood as short videos or clips. In reality, micro-learning can very well be a short learning nugget in any form - an interactive video, a short game, quiz, an interactive infographic, or even a small eBook. With increased smart-phone usage, the demand for micro-learning will only increase in 2018.

3. Experiential Learning on Mobile
 
The number of global smart-phone users is growing year on year. With this increase, mobile learning is on the rise too. It is convenient, and also increases user reach by offering flexibility and accessibility. Learners can make use of their time during commute, mundane activities, or whenever they don’t have access to a larger screen. Learning providers now take it as given that their modules need to be accessible across multiple devices. With mobile devices coming up with an inbuilt AR support, learning on mobile will go up a notch higher. It will not just be about presenting any content, but letting users experience the content.
There is a lot of development on the 3D front too. 3D images and videos are on the rise, and could significantly contribute to enhanced mobile learning experiences. 
 
4. AI Empowered Learner Interactions 
 
The learning systems and platforms that have been used till date for any kind of assessments and recaps have fixed logic that has been keyed in. For instance, say there is a question that a course creator has framed, based on one of the modules on botanical study. It shows the picture of a rose flower and asks ‘Which flower is this?’ Now, the course creator has programmed a correct answer option for it in the module. It says ‘This is a rose.’ Today, if a learner undertakes such an assessment question and responds with anything other than the programmed answer, it is considered wrong. However, with AI becoming main-stream, if a system is built that could evaluate learners through intelligent logic rather than what is framed, that could make learner interactions and the learning process fantastic. In such cases, if a user responds ‘This is Rosa’, that would be correct too, since Rosa is the scientific name of rose. This information need not be present in the course module at all, but the system would be intelligent enough to know that this is also a correct answer. The use of artificial intelligence in the learner’s interactions will thus be a very interesting development to watch out for.
 
5. Voice Technology Usage in Courses
 
Put simply, voice recognition in any software or hardware is the ability to understand and interpret the human voice – and then it allows the user to either operate a device, or perform an action without any keyboard input. While voice technology has been around for long, its presence in eLearning was never witnessed. However, advances in AI mean that the possibilities of voice-driven learning could finally become a reality. All that learners would then need to do is, to open their course and talk to it.

We are excited about these possibilities, but how they shape up is something only time will tell. But for now, let’s wait for a learning technology-driven 2018.