Supporting student learning during Covid-19
Pre-Covid-19, a DLE was seen as an extension to the traditional classroom – allowing students to submit work without having to find their lecturers or teachers and providing a space to store documents, worksheets and presentations. As an educator, you can easily link students to other online pathways and embed videos from YouTube, articles from newspapers and provide software for podcasts.
In the midst of a pandemic, however, we’ve seen DLEs become a replacement for the classroom. Not only is it a convenient and secure place to have all learning resources in an accessible, easy to find location, DLEs have built-in chat groups and forums within the course modules. This creates a productive social environment for students to discuss tasks and collaborate – particularly useful as students settle in to working in isolation.
When set up correctly, the DLE can integrate with Office 365 and other service providers. This is useful because if a university moves from a different provider for its services and authentication, the DLE can easily integrate with other third-party applications. This enables seamless integration across all services involved with the university, for example integrating applications like Microsoft OneDrive directly in Moodle or Blackboard for assignment submissions, or important team work tools such as Microsoft Teams for sharing files, chat, meetings and assigning tasks and projects.