Wanted: Virtual Learning for Higher Education

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Student studying. Text box asks: Is Virtual Learning the Future of Higher Education

The Challenge

Higher education is facing an urgent situation. Campuses and classrooms are closed. Students and educators are dispersed. It is no longer possible to do the usual things, using the same structure and curriculum. 

As you pivot from on-campus, face-to-face to a virtual learning model, it is imperative that we have:  

  1. Proven quality instructional materials, engaging content, and learning that really matters for the development of future professionals, leaders, and influential adults.
  2. Reliable delivery and, above all, accessible 24/7 across a wide range of browsers, devices and systems. User privacy is also important.  
  3. Evaluation data for individuals, groups/cohorts, and programs.  The pressure will be on higher education institutions to demonstrate that students are learning.  Capturing both baseline and post program data will assist you in determining the impact of the new curriculum. 

Delivering Effective Virtual Learning

Determine your focus

We recommend an emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving. Building strength in these areas could not be more important. At the moment, students are focused on how they can best maintain their trajectory. They need to understand how they might best negotiate and retain/achieve planned goals. With strength in critical thinking, they will be able to respond as opportunities arise and find a path to success.

Keep the program offering engaging, interactive and relevant

It is vital that students perceive that virtual lessons are meaningful.  Otherwise, the distractions possible with remote learning can severely limit your curriculum’s effectiveness. Students often view a skills-based critical thinking program as making an investment in themselves.  They value the opportunity to learn more about their strengths and weaknesses. 

Developing solid problem-solving skills; being open-minded; committed; and strongly motivated to learn are competencies that they know they will need for workplace success.  

Student wearing headphones sitting at desk looking at his computer screen

 

The STRONGER Me

Insight Assessment offers a proven ready to go virtual learning curriculum focused upon improving core critical thinking skills and mindset attributes, at the higher education level.

The STRONGER Me provides your students with a ‘work remote’ option to build their reasoning skills and reinforce their lifelong learning mindset.  Students can easily direct their self-training efforts, preparing them for their college or university experience.  At the same time, they are also addressing gaps and expanding strengths necessary for their professional goals after graduation. 

The curriculum is a good match for newly admitted as well as current students. Completion of coursework can be used to determine student readiness for college-level learning along with identifying areas where additional development support would boost academic achievement.

The STRONGER Me is delivered asynchronously, online, through state-of-the-art technology, using tested tools and techniques to train and assess reasoning skills.

Virtual learning critical thinking curriculum

Designed for today’s higher education virtual learning, the INSIGHT Development Program (IDP) builds critical thinking for real-world problem-solving, learning, and decision-making. Learners can access all 19 IDP modules 24/7 using any online device.

Acknowledging that today’s students often combine college with family and job responsibilities, every module in this program draws examples from family life, education, and the workplace.  Students value the personal relevance of subject matter.

Every module is self-contained and can be organized to best fit the needs of a personal self-development program or an instructor-guided course.

Online assessment

The College Student Success (CSS) assessment is a two-part discipline neutral tool. Everyday scenarios are used to assess the strength of reasoning skills as well as the mindset required of successful learners and workers.   This research-based, validated assessment is calibrated to objectively measure 13 critical thinking skills and mindset attributes essential for academic success. INSIGHT assessments meet the highest standards of validity and reliability.

Optional individual reports enable student to identify their own strengths and areas for improvement.

Document virtual learning course effectiveness

Objective, validated criterion-based evidence will be required to demonstrate success and value of any higher education virtual learning initiative.

STRONGER Me provides In-depth, group-specific assessment reports to guide curriculum development. Data demonstrates the achievement of learning outcomes for critical thinking and workplace development programs.  Individual reports provide analytics on strengths and weakness in key skills and mindset attributes. Pretest- post-test options are available.

Comparison of individual or group results will highlight areas of improvement. Identification of areas that still need improvement can be targeted in subsequent training or mentoring.

Whether you wish to assess individuals or groups, Insight Assessment reports provide the data integrity and objective analysis you need to document thinking skills and attributes.

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them – Albert Einstein

 

It’s Time to Advance Thinking

The paradigm has shifted.  We must all be prepared to think critically and creatively to keep learning going forward.  Standards do not have to be lowered to provide high-quality, engaging and effective virtual learning.  The STRONGER Me provides a proven, validated, ready to go curriculum for improving decision skills and fostering a robust thinking mindset. 

You can depend on Insight Assessment instruments to gather the criterion-based evidence of student thinking skills and mindset to showcase the value of your educational programs. 

Actions now will help recruit, qualify, and retain new students.  Better yet, provide them with the tools to thrive at your institution and in their later careers.

Contact us today or call us at 650-697-5628, to engage students in a valuable, skills-based virtual learning program for higher education.

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