The online education platform we have developed can be split into two main areas:
The Virtual Classroom and, secondly Non Live Files, Presentations, Quizzes and Assessments;
To read a brief tutorial on how to take an assessment,
The Virtual Classroom
This offers live, interactive teaching in real time. As a student, you will access
this “classroom” everyday and attend your classes at pre-determined times according
to your student timetable and the school term calendar.
To read the Virtual Classroom Student Tutorial,
Non Live Files, Presentations, Quizzes and Assessments
On occasions students will access files and media that are not delivered in a live
format. These files would be pre-prepared and accessed at times stipulated by the
Non live files; these are files such as documents, worksheets and pictures that teachers
may want students to access and download.
Slide Presentations: These are presentations made up of a series of slides with each
one conveying information. Pictures and colour may be added to the slides to make
them more interesting than simple text.
Quizzes: These are “self test” interactive slide presentations that ask multiple
choice questions and require the correct answer to be selected. Only once that has
been done, can the student proceed on to the next slide. Quizzes are a casual form
of revision and testing on a self help basis that allow the student to verify how
well he has understood the topics that have been covered. Quizzes can be taken several
times by students.
Both Quizzes and Slide Presentations will be optionally used
by the different tutors and are there to make the learning
experience more interactive, exciting and interesting.
Assessments: These are the equivalent of exams or tests.
They will be created by the teachers and students will take
them at pre-agreed times. They are only taken once and the
results are stored in each student’s Reporting Module.
Teachers can optionally impose a time limit for each
Assessment, after which the student will be prevented from
continuing. For example the teacher may decide it should be
completed in 30 minutes and set that time limit accordingly. After
30 minutes, the student will be locked out of the Assessment and prevented from answering
any more questions.
There are two types of Assessments; multiple choice and descriptive text input. Multiple
choice means students will select once answer for each question and after completion,
their overall results will be calculated in seconds. Text input means the teacher
requires a text based answer for each question. This could mean a sentence, paragraph
or more. These answers then have to be read and graded manually by the teacher and
the results will only be available after that manual process has been done.
Tutors will decide how often they wish to create Assessments for their students,
and will stipulate these times according to their schedules.
We have compiled a brief guide regarding understanding your Assessment
Reporting module that stores all the results attained in previous assessments.
To download this guide to see how this module will benefit you,
And that’s it! We can see that students have no difficulty in working with the online
mediums and find it far more rewarding and interesting than traditional methods.
Please note: Only use Internet Explorer or Firefox as browsers when using the platform.
Google Chrome does not display graphics and icons in the correct layout!
To summarize, each student will need -
1. A reliable pc, speakers/headset, and printer
2. A good quality broadband internet connection. If you can install a DSL line (the
fastest speed), great. Otherwise a good wireless connection should do. The quality
of your connection is determined by numerous factors, including your proximity to
the nearest cellphone mast, your line of sight and any obstructions that may affect
your signal such as buildings, and most importantly the congestion or volume of traffic
being handled by that mast. The less the traffic, the better your connection, which
is why you have probably noticed that the same wireless connection is better in some
areas compared to others for "no apparent" reason. The quality of your connection
needs to be good enough to enable you to receive a webcam signal that includes voice
and live video.
3. The required textbooks (see the relevant textbook section for more information)
4. Basic stationery. We suggest the minimum to start with (pen, pencil, ruler, eraser,
calculator) and this can, if required, be supplemented throughout the year.
Some students may require a scanner, depending on their grade and subjects. This
will be to scan and email or upload projects or handwritten assignments. This will
be addressed during the year by each subject tutor.