Alternative Online Environments

Alternative Online Environments

Alternative Online Environments refer to technologies that are used to create an alternate learning environments for instruction and learning.

Lesson goals and objectives

In this lesson you will learn:

  • the different Alternative Online Environments used in learning
  • how Alternative Online Environments can support learning?

Creating Alternative Online Environments allows you to:

  • create an inclusive, safe and accurate learning environment
  • improve student performance, through mastery-focused learning
  • stimulate critical thinking in students and increase retention of materials
  • promote collaboration between teachers, students and stakeholders
  • stimuate students through engaging content, in a real-world scenario
  • increase student retention as well as the efficiency of your delivery.

We’ll explore Alternative Environment Technologies in the next chapter of this module including; Assistive technologies, Immersive Environments, Presentation and multimedia technologies, Social networking tools, Mobile technologies, Gaming & Simulations, and Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality.

In the meantime, here are two examples of how Alternative Online Environments stimulate a better learning environment. Both of these examples are case studies developed for the VET-TEDD project.

Virtuali-Tee by CuriscopeCity of Glasgow College (Scotland)

The first is ‘Virtuali-Tee by Curiscope’, which is an online app embedding Augmented Reality & 3D technology to learn about the human body. Our Social Care course team utilised digital learning in their teaching, as it’s becoming the modern way to learn.

Watch the video below which explains more about the use of this technology and approach.

VET-TEDD Case Study – CoGC Augmented Reality

Ship Simulator – City of Glasgow College (Scotland)

The second example is the use of simulators in learning and discusses Scotland’s first 360 degree full mission ship handling simulator, providing all cadets with a simulator experience allowing them to demonstrate practical learning.

Watch the video below which explains more about the use of this technology and approach.

IO4 Case Study CoGC AR/VR/Mixed Reality – Ship Simulator

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