Personal interactions are vital part of any learning experience. Students must interact with their peers, with their instructors and with the course material itself. This need for personalization is widely acknowledged. A 2016 poll of Learning and Development professionals indicated that 77 per cent regard training personalization as an essential part of learner engagement. Personalization is a natural part of a classroom setting, as the instructor and students deal with each other face-to-face.
Unfortunately, the very nature of eLearning can make that personal touch difficult to replicate. Remote-Learner’s LMS solutions, combined with well-presented content, have always been able to facilitate personal interaction in some areas. For example, learners can interact with their peers on a one-to-one level through forums and wikis. Instructor feedback and communications add another very important layer of personal interaction.
Yet, when it comes to larger institutions, personalized feedback and communications can be difficult. An instructor or administration may have to rely on impersonal form letters and stock comments in order to deal with their workload. Instructor and student interaction may be entirely limited to grading in those situations.
Another form of interaction often overlooked in an LMS is the user’s interaction with the site itself. The content a user sees is not tied to their identity as an individual, but simply to their role as a learner, instructor, or administrator.
The Personalization Filter
A user’s sign-on page when the Personalization Filter is active.
That has all changed, thanks to Remote-Learner’s new Personalization filter. This newly developed filter is unique to Remote-Learner. There is nothing else like it on the market for Moodle™-based sites. It allows instructors and administrators to bring a level of easy, efficient personalization to their communications and feedback. It gives each user back their individual identity in a world of faceless education.
Instructors will find it easier than ever to generate highly personalized feedback. They can create templates using the personalization fields, and students will feel they are receiving personal, targeted communications. This feature also assists in updating courses for the next session – the templates automatically fill in the new information as new users enroll.
The filter gathers information from profile and course data.
The filter can access any information in a user’s profile or from course details – name, city, country, course settings, enrolments, custom fields and more. This information can be added anywhere your LMS has a text editor window, using easy insertion codes. The filter can welcome the student by name when they log-in and provide information about their last log-in and much more.
“It makes your students feel like those courses were created just for them,” said Kristin Isler, an Instructional Designer at Remote-Learner. “That’s important in an online environment. You don’t get that feeling of isolation when you log into a site and it says, ‘Hey Brandon! Welcome back!’”
Editor codes permit the efficient creation of personalized templates.
Instructors will find it easier than ever to generate highly personalized feedback. They can create templates using the personalization fields, and students will feel they are receiving personal, targeted communications. This feature also assists in updating courses for the next session – the templates automatically fills in the new information as new users enroll.
“This is information the instructors never have to update, because it’s being pulled from the system itself,” said Isler. “The instructor’s email, the title of the course, that’s all already in there.”
The filter can be used in course activities like Quizzes as well. It is even active during User Tours, meaning site administrators can create tours that act as a friendly guide that brings users through site features that are automatically filled in with details relevant to each viewer.
“The point of this was to transform the LMS into a participant in the education of the students, not just the software they use to access it,” said Isler. “It’s talking to them, and helping you to be a be better instructor by making it personal.”
For more information about the Personalization Filter, or to set it up on your site today, contact Support.