Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Raising the Bar of Academic Performance through ERP

It is already an established fact that a conducive learning environment (eConnectK12) leads to improved and consistent academic performance. Multiple educational facilities catering to different learning styles, are as important for the students as the quality of lessons, along with the knowledge, skill and experience of the educators. The potential to encourage, involve and motivate the students to perform, and develop an interest in learning, has become the chief differentiator that separates future ready schools from the traditional ones. By integrating technology into the classrooms, the lessons can become more engaging with significantly higher retention value. It has, in fact, opened up a plethora of opportunities for both teachers and students to respectively enhance their teaching and learning experiences.

There are several ways in which an educational ERP can enhance learning experience and academic performance.
  • Self-paced learning: With lessons, resource materials and tutorials available on the students’ portal, students can learn and understand complex concepts at their own pace.
  • Catering to different learning styles: Being able to recall answers and present them coherently is important for achieving academic excellence. But, not everyone can remember facts by just reading them. Some find it easier to remember things by listening to them, while others are more receptive to videos and illustrations. Learning management modules make it possible to create and present lessons in different formats, so as to support different leaning styles.
  • Generating interest: Lessons may be reinforced through varied formats such as podcasts or video lectures, e-books, presentations, educational games, etc. to improve retention. Students may also be assessed through online quizzes, games and puzzles to make it stress-free and interesting.
  • Student forums: Discussion forums and networking opportunities allow students to share their knowledge, hone their skills, gain experience and develop their social abilities. Participating in such forums can help students shed inhibitions and gain confidence, which is again a prerequisite for future ready students.
  • Aligned learning objectives, lessons and assessments: Clearly spelled out lesson plans with learning objectives, teaching strategies and assessment guidelines make it easier to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of lessons. While technology makes it easier to create, edit, compare and review the lessons, it is now also possible to share them and get feedback from peers. Aligning lesson plans and assessments across different sections and also different branches of the school is now possible at a click.
  • Personalized support and guidance: Automating routine processes and cutting down repetitive tasks result in reduced workload for the teachers. They can then better utilize their time by tracking and supporting students who require extra attention or guidance.
  • Involving parents/guardians: Technology helps parents to get involved in their wards’ learning process. By having access to mark sheets, performance reports and teachers’ feedback, parents can understand, motivate, prepare or take required steps to improve their wards’ performance.

With the aid of a suitable educational ERP, it is possible for the educators to create and maintain a student-friendly learning environment that keeps learners involved, motivated and eager to prove their mettle.

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