Concordia University offers a clear definition of differentiated education. “Differentiated instruction is a method of designing and delivering instruction to best reach each student.” In the college or university setting, differentiated education poses some special challenges, particularly in hybrid or online learning environments. Research has shown that lecture alone produces the poorest learning results, with only about five to ten percent of students retaining the full lecture content.
Differentiated education requires instructors consider two different factors about their students:
- The student’s overall readiness for the material and subject matter covered in the course.
- The student’s individual learning style and needs.
Modern technological tools, like YuJa, can support differentiated learning in a variety of different ways, some traditional and some much less so.
Instructors can use YuJa to offer activities and learning experiences that respond to the individual student’s knowledge and understanding of the course material. Students learn in a series of developmental phases, regardless of age. These are:
With YuJa, you can create different activities to respond to each of these stages of learning, using quizzes to assess student understanding as they progress. Remembering and understanding can be tested with online quizzes, while discussion questions on the real-time discussions allow you to assess analysis and evaluation abilities. You could, for instance, ask that students pass a quiz demonstrating understanding before moving onto activities that analyze information or work toward evaluating information. These activities can be assigned and submitted directly through the YuJa software.
For some students, more time may be required to move to higher stages of understanding. Other students may move through the stages of understanding much more rapidly. YuJa makes it easy to incorporate additional learning materials, like online videos, for students requiring additional review or support to gain understanding. In addition, the same tools enable instructors to offer more information to students seeking a deeper understanding of the material.
The Learning Process
Different students learn differently. Some are auditory learners, some are visual learners and some are kinesthetic learners. YuJa’s lecture capture technology meets the needs of each type of learner.
- Visual learners can read the auto-captions on lecture captures. Some visual learners respond best to images, like tables, maps and charts, and others to written words. Word-based learners are called visual-linguistic learners, while those who respond best to images are visual-spatial learners. Since YuJa incorporates all aspects of presentation media, lecture captures include your tables, charts, images and more. In addition, file upload technology makes it easy to provide visual learners with access to PowerPoint presentations and other visual aids.
- Auditory listeners can listen to lecture captures, and re-listen as needed. Since auditory learners learn less effectively from the written word, lecture captures can provide a key tool for these learners. In addition, the YuJa Learning Channel enables you to incorporate other types of video learning for auditory learners.
- Kinesthetic learners can engage with video quizzes and polls, video creation, and online assignments. In addition, mobile access to YuJa lectures mean that kinesthetic learners can take their lectures on the move, walking or even watching a lecture capture from the gym.
Weselby, Cathy. “What Is Differentiated Education?” Concordia University. Web. Accessed on 2 November 2015.
“The Three Types of Learning Styles.” St. Leo University. Web. Accessed on 2 November 2015.