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How to Make a Virtual Classroom Fun and Effective

More than half of public school K-12 teachers report that remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic led to “significant” learning loss and a delay in social-emotional progress, meaning that online education isn’t yet where it needs to be. However, that doesn’t mean that remote learning can’t be as effective as in-person instruction, only that it requires a different approach.

We have perfected that approach. Echo360 provides the most holistic solution for video-based learning engagement, content authoring, and assessments. If you have been wondering how to make a virtual classroom more responsive to student needs, our Echosystem framework provides all of the tools you’ll need without the complexity of competing systems. Keep reading for more information. 

 

The Fun

The best way to engage students is to make lessons interesting, and many traditional in-person approaches can be adapted to a virtual environment. For example, EchoEngage offers virtual breakout rooms so you can split the class into smaller groups for collaborative work. These groups can either compete against each other with gamification elements or brainstorm ideas to present to the rest of their classmates. 

Spicing things up with video presentations is also a proven teaching tool, and EchoVideo makes it easy to add videos to any course. You can capture live lecture content and make it accessible on-demand and on any device, allowing learners to choose where and how they want to engage with it. Furthermore, you can edit transcripts into fully-compliant closed captions to make video more accessible and add multimedia elements to make presentations pop.

Virtual classrooms also allow for approaches that would be impossible in person. For instance, EchoEngage makes it easy to set up blended learning paths that give students the benefits of live instruction with the freedom to complete self-paced assignments on their terms. EchoAuthor supports gating as well, allowing you to hide self-paced content until students have demonstrated understanding of any concepts you choose. You can also make content accessible on your LMS of choice or have students access everything directly on Dojo360 for added flexibility. 

The Echosystem provides real-time engagement scores so you always know who is paying attention, and students can provide feedback to help instructors design even more engaging courses in the future.

The Effectiveness

Assessing student performance typically boils down to tests, but high-pressure exams can intimidate students to the point that they do not perform up to their full potential. Furthermore, some students may try to cheat to get a higher grade than they should. 

EchoExam solves both of these issues. You can protect the integrity of exams by scrambling question order, answer choice order, randomizing which questions get used from approved question banks, and using multiple iterations of the same question. Bi-modal questions and other dynamic content are also available to adjust the difficulty of exams on the fly, giving all learners a fair opportunity.

Additionally, you can use EchoExam to create study guides, practice tests, and other learning aids so students don’t associate it with the pressures of an examination. This will also allow you to identify each student’s unique areas of opportunity before they are tested on it. Once exams are administered, you can use EchoExam’s Test Manager to view performance at the class and individual levels and see if you’re meeting your benchmarks.

EchoEngage can be used to administer real-time quizzes and identify struggling learners before they fall too far behind. You can then assign remediation to specific students who need the extra help. 

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With over 14 different question types, you can match the assessment to the material at hand. Use traditional test question types such as true/false, multiple-choice, multiple response, numeric response, matching, completion, short answer and essay to review, re-teach and reinforce learning.

Reporting & Analytics

Ensuring that learners understand the information presented and how it can impact their success is key. Assess, track and analyze learner performance. Get results immediately and view valuable reports at the individual level, or for the class or group as a whole. Provide results in real-time, or at a later time as preferred.

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With dynamic content, generate multiple iterations of exam questions to test the same concept. Use bimodal to toggle between multiple-choice and short answer question types, immediately changing the item difficulty level.

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From in-person to virtual to flipped classrooms, we have the tools to engage your learners.
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We make it easy to bring learning to life — anywhere.

Echo360 is driven to enable inspired learning experiences for everyone, anywhere through the high quality of solutions, tools, and standards we set for our work and ourselves. 

Hybrid Learning

Ensuring our solutions and tools are effective in all kinds of learning environments.  

Video Management

Unleashing the end-to-end learning potential of video, from creation to administration.  

Engagement Outcomes

Designing and delivering effective engagement tools that produce results. 

Reporting & Analytics

Providing empirical evidence of engagement, progress, and opportunity areas through easy-to-use dashboards. 

LMS Integration

Integrating seamlessly with the most widely used Learning Management Systems in education and business. 

Accessibility

Committing to meeting or exceeding standards that ensure learning equity. 

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Echo360 delivers an innovative model for engaged learning in the post-Covid age.  We offer coherent and compelling learner-centered experiences regardless of place and time, so all learners have the opportunities to learn.

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