How Online Tutorials Can Enhance Students Learning
Online tutorials is a self-taught programme that is used to achieve a specific learning outcome. The purpose of online tutorials is to assist students on how to make use of a specific software programme or application.
Two types of tutorials:
- Recorded – These tutorials are created via a video or digital recording with the purpose of demonstrating information that creates a better understanding for the user.
- Interactive – These tutorials are structured with a combination of texts, videos, images, audio’s and test questions to provide the user with an interactive approach to learning.
Advantages of using online tutorials:
- Online tutorials are individualized learning
- Students are able to work at their own pace when watching online tutorials
- Can be accessed from any device
- Learning is constant (24/7) and can take place at any time you choose to learn
- Different forms of multimedia formats can be used
- Keeping students engaged and motivated by using a variety of online activities
- Less human interaction and face-to-face communication
- Requires self-discipline and self-direction
- Less supervision and students are responsible for their own learning
- There is no fixed time schedule to follow
- Learning is isolated
Tips to consider when using online tutorials:
- Decide on the best communication strategy to interact with students online
- Ensure that the digital platform is user-friendly, easy to communicate and interact with students
- Explain the purpose of using online tutorials and the guidelines for participating with students
- Keep tutorials interactive and encourage student engagement
- Use a combination of recorded and interactive tutorial lessons
Online tutorials are a useful tool for students especially if you are struggling with a particular subject/ topic that requires more clarification. This allows students to learn at their own pace and re-watch tutorials until they gain a better understanding.