Digital Transformation

For Modern Students, A Digital Planning Tool Can Be A Life-Saver

Distance learning was already a growing trend long before the pandemic, but it's become more important than ever - and so have the tools required to support it.


With lockdowns and stay-at-home orders around the world, the last couple of years have really highlighted the struggles faced by students faced with the realities of online education.

Now, distance learning was already a growing trend long before the pandemic, and it’s hardly a surprise. Leveraging digital technology and online tools allows schools and universities to reach a greater number of students, creating truly global classrooms. The digital revolution has had as profound an effect on the academic world as it has on the business world.

But what hasn’t gotten quite as much attention as it deserves is the fact that, much as remote working comes with it’s own unique challenges, remote learning presents students with very similar obstacles.

From India to the United States, student engagement has been a consistent and leading problem in maintaining the standards of education in distance learning compared to in-person classrooms and lecture halls.

According to research done by the ASDN and the Schlechty Center, engaged students are significantly more likely to persevere in the face of challenges than disengaged students. That’s not exactly shocking information, but the question remains, whether you’re an educator trying to get the most out of your classes in an online format or a student trying to engage with classmates across distances, how do you increase student engagement as remote learning continues to grow?

 

Using Digital Tools To Empower Online Learning

A multipurpose, collaboration- and planning-focused tool, like the Papillio Innovation Toolkit, offers everything necessary to keep a modern class or student cohort connected and engaged, and able to manage and monitor workloads potentially even better than in a traditional teaching and learning environment.

The key is to ensure that your software solution offers the functionality necessary to empower learning and collaboration.

Online collaborative workspace

Digital white boards and similar shared ideation and conceptualisation tools, such as Papillio’s design thinking canvases, allow students to express and share ideas visually, and conveniently.

With functionality including the use of sticky notes, graphs, images, project templates, calendars and more, learners can comprehensively shape and share project concepts, preserving their collaborative efforts in a secure online space that each can independently access and add to.

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This functionality is obviously useful for more than just distance learning, and even in-person classes and student cohorts can benefit from maintaining project concepts and group work as a consistent and shared reference point.

As the world moves more toward remote and hybrid working as a common employment expectation, it will also be beneficial for students to enter the working world, already familiar with some form of collaboration software and online workspaces.

Flexible communication

While everyone might have access to emails, WhatsApp, and a whole plethora of other social media and digital communication platforms, it’s easier to maintain focus if you’re not juggling a dozen tools just to get through one study session.

This means it’s ideal to have video and chat options integrated into your online workspace so that students can communicate, share notes, and present ideas all on the same platform – minimising the opportunity for unnecessary distraction and ensuring that all ideas are collated in one shared space.

A combination of text and video options is also a good idea for optimising flexibility of communication around differing schedules, connection speed, etc. (For more on the relative advantages of synchronous and asynchronous communication and collaboration, check out our blog article on the topic here).

Task and time management

Let’s be honest, long before lockdowns or covid-19, and even before the modern idea of distance learning, one of a students’ biggest challenges was time management and the stress that comes with balancing their workload with healthy extracurricular and even social activities.

For almost a decade, first-year college and university students have reported an increasing trend of feeling overwhelmed by the workload and responsibilities they’ve taken on. This enhanced stress can lead to an increased drop-out rate, declining performance, and long-term, stress-related health issues.

Oftentimes, this feeling is exacerbated by responsibilities outside of college – such as jobs, social lives, and more – but the effect on the individual student’s education cannot be overlooked.

This is where it can be helpful for students to start using tools and platforms that they can use to manage their lives both in and outside of the classroom. Digital task boards and online calendars, keeping track of all obligations in one place can facilitate student well-being by reducing the feeling of being overwhelmed by a nebulous mountain of responsibilities from all corners of life.

 

Beyond the classroom

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As you can probably tell from the above, good student planning software isn’t far removed in functionality from good work or even life planning and management software. And a good student planning tool is one that can continue to be used after the student has left the classroom and stepped into the management of an adult life.

Whether monitoring and managing work milestones, personal appointments, community collaborations, or an ongoing upskilling regimen, a platform that can accompany you from high school, to college and then out into the adult world, can be a truly consistent and value digital companion.

 

Unlock learning potential with the Papillio Innovation Toolkit

Developed to facilitate innovation-generating collaboration within a monitored and interconnected framework of ideation, communication and management functionality, the Papillio Innovation Toolkit is easy to use, intuitive and well-suited to students juggling the myriad responsibilities of the academic life or teachers trying to engage remote learners in their necessary coursework.

Contact us for a free demonstration today, or give Papillio a try for free with limited user accounts.

 

 

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