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How to increase student interest in your virtual course

If you want your virtual course to be successful, you need your students to be motivated and interested.

Students may start the course with a strong desire to learn, but it is up to us as virtual tutors to maintain that desire and give them a reason to stay on our course.

As content providers in a virtual space we must compete with multiple social networks for space on the screen.

That is why in this blog we are going to share some tips to increase the interest of your students in your virtual course.

make it fun

Sometimes we have to give a course or content that can be boring.

Take advantage of multimedia tools to make it entertaining. Use videos , podcasts and animations at strategic moments to break the monotony.

Use interactivity . But not just any interactivity is useful to maintain attention. The activity should lead to the discovery and exploration of content and information.

Take advantage of the use of gamification and storytelling . Both can help maintain attention and take a break from the textual content.

Personalize the job

There is nothing more satisfying when you study than using what you have learned to improve your work.

If students realize that they can immediately apply what they have learned to their lives or work environment, they will be more motivated to continue with the course.

Project-based learning is an excellent opportunity to bring the student closer to a real situation.

If possible, allow the student to adapt the task to their environment, if not, invite them to reflect on how the problem or solution is similar to something they have faced before and something they may face in the future.

You can also share with your students personal cases, your motivation to take the course and your experience.

Change the view of the exams

Gone is the use of exams to intimidate students or “let’s see who can win” in education.

These inefficient behaviors only generate anxiety in your students and do not reflect their true knowledge.

Exams are a learning opportunity, therefore, the evaluations you do throughout the course should give the student feedback about what they have understood and what they need to improve.

With today’s multimedia tools you have many options to make assessments that are enjoyable, fun and that provide feedback to the student in real time.

Take practice tests on a regular basis to facilitate reflection and reduce anxiety. In this way, when the summative evaluation arrives, they have had time to reflect, resolve doubts and feel comfortable with an exam.

Simplify complex information

If you must teach your students very technical material or complicated processes, add support material.

The graphs, infographics, tables and audiovisual material such as videos and demonstrations will make it easier for your students to understand the material.

Take care of the design of your virtual course

When the information is not structured and organized in a way that is accessible and intuitive, the student can very easily become demotivated.

Work on keeping a clean and tidy screen. Avoid infoxication and create an interface that is pleasing to the eye but functional.

Assign meaningful e-activities

It has happened to all of us, that moment when we ask ourselves, what is this going to do for me?

When you work you want your effort to have a purpose and to fulfill an objective.

Explain the utility or why? of an assignment and try to assign assignments that may be useful to the student in the future.

Don’t assign homework just to meet a grade. Avoid very extensive tasks in a short time. It is better to break a long project into short deliverables.

Avoid starting your course by announcing how difficult it is and how it will negatively affect them if they don’t try.

Students will react with anxiety that interferes with attention and memory.

On the contrary, it conveys the message that they can achieve it and that their effort will be necessary during the course and will be rewarding in the end.

Stay in touch with your students, respond promptly to their concerns, and offer constant feedback.

There are currently multiple online education offerings and many reasons to stay online away from formal education.

If you want your students to maintain interest in your virtual course, do not forget to take these tips into account.

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