One way that eLearning opportunities can be integrated into your classroom is through enrichment projects. These are the projects and assignments that allow students, to pursue a deeper understanding of the concepts addressed by your unit that goes beyond what needs to be covered. Enrichment projects can be an important aspect in managing a differentiated classroom. They provide additional challenges and learning opportunities for those of your students who need them. They can also add a level of flexibility to your lesson planning that will let you engage your students through the aspects of the content that interests them.
You have many different options for working enrichment into an eLearning project. You can make it as a more advanced aspect of any current class project, like a subject-based wiki or you can make it as an entirely independent project. Either way, it is important to make sure that the enrichment project is closely tied to what the class is working on.
For this eLearning enrichment option, the student or students put together a mini lesson using an available eLearning platform. This teaches the student how to organize and present lessons and gives the rest of the class an opportunity to share the gained knowledge. Most eLearning platforms have built-in structures that can provide guidance about how to put together a lesson. You can be a source of additional support and guidance as needed. Encourage students to explore and experiment independently. Active exploration and a problem-solving approach to use these tools will help increase student fluency with them. You will need to plan on dedicating some class time towards presenting these lessons. It can either be done in the beginning or at the end of the class. Having students teach portions of the class is an effective way to build confidence with the content.
Blogs and Websites
Another enrichment option is to have the student put together a blog or website related to the content. This can be done on an internal school website or published publically. This is a good option if you have already done some classwork or projects that are based around blogs or websites. As an enrichment opportunity, the student will be able to further explore and master the platform. You can use blog and website projects to work in more creative challenges. Blogs can incorporate creative writing skills, as well as art and humor. Effective website and blog design uses key artistic principles.
When offering enrichment options, make sure that they are reasonably accomplishable by all your students, and not just those who move quickly through content. Enrichment projects often have a fun factor that can be an incentive for some students to try harder on other aspects of their assignments. However, if the challenges seem impossible or are too challenging, then they will not provide the same incentive. Balance what you offer, and modify it as needed. You don’t need to provide each student with the same enrichment opportunities.