Our mentored, social courses will improve your learning efficiency and course enjoyment.
Interact and play
Pause the video and interact with the content on the spot. Test your knowledge
with quizzes and be informed through relevant articles inside the video!
Read actively, take notes,
Navigate easily through the
book, take notes, highlight important text, discuss with others, take quizzes, read fresh
relevant news for each chapter.
Quizzes, assignments and
Test your knowledge. An integrated
workflow for open-ended assignments. Answer through forms and polls.
Learning does not happen in isolation.
In fact cognitive learning happens at all times, especially in social, interactive environments.
Here at The Master Gardeners Academy, we understand the need for a social online learning experience.
An Ecology of Learning
Good education comes from an environment that nurtures interaction. Where tutors can nurture a community and students can learn through multi-layered networking and interactivity.
Learning doesn’t happen in a vacuum, but rather within an interconnected social network. Learners browse the courses in a non-linear order and are able to discuss issues, ideas, suggest and share their experiences with each other. The conversation can take place within a traditional online course or through group discussions and personal messages. Tutors can intervene to direct, enrich or moderate a discussion as needed.
While most online courses offer a one to many approach, The Master Gardeners Academy educational system supports both one to many and one to one mentoring. Each student has specific learning objectives and style. Some might require a special approach, personal coaching or even their own custom private course, created for their own specific learning objectives.
Interactive Learning in a Knowledge Economy
Our modern society is quickly moving towards a knowledge economy, where intangible assets such as knowledge and information are valued much higher than tangible goods.
Elearning is a convenient and efficient way for a busy society to learn knowledge.
However, the missing part of an online knowledge economy is the crucial element of interactive learning. Interaction makes learning more effective. A learner interactive with the material and his/her peers or tutors will learn more from courses. Active learning allows the learners to keep learning and avoids the pitfalls of “sleeping in the class” or learning mechanically, increasing the value of their education (or training).
Interactive learning offers many benefits. Lessons become less boring, satisfaction with the courses rises, retention of knowledge and understanding of the topic increases.
Mentoring and Direct Communication
Most online courses are asynchronous in nature, they do not follow the live interaction and instant feedback of in-person classes. But still, as social creatures, we need to communicate, ask questions, delve deeper into problems and learn by interacting with our peers and instructors.
To solve this issue, tutors can interact with and mentor students through private messages, improving the teaching with a personal touch. Some students will need more or less support in their educational journey.
Student Profile in The Master Gardeners Academy
The Master Gardeners Academy online school also features social groups. Students of a course are automatically included in the course’s group conversation that can be found on the social page of their account. Group conversations are great to discuss subjects relevant to the material, network, meet and greet each other or share their own experiences and knowledge while adding value with user generated content.
Additionally, each admin, tutor or student has the ability to create their own groups and invite others to join. Whether you want to have a closed conversation with your tutors inside the platform or students decide to create interest groups within the school’s social environment, the possibilities are endless.
Built-in Community Inside Every School
One step ahead of the curve, communities add more value to an online academy. For educators and teachers, community adds a layer of much needed social learning.
The integrated social network supports interactions with both the whole community and specific individuals and groups. The learner is able to discuss issues, ideas, suggestions, and share experiences and advice within a community of practice. The messages that can be shared are adapted to the specific topic of each The Master Gardeners Academy through the use of learning objects.
An example from a Garden Design Course:
A student may share ideas in order to ask for help on designing an awkward area of their own garden. Private communities can be created ad hoc, e.g. for student projects, for a specific interest group or for collaboration with the trainers. The social network is not an isolated “trendy” service, instead, it is fully interconnected with the learning content: a discussion about the garden area may arise from within the e-book or the instructional video.
Each student will have access to value-added features
All users have their own public profile that showcases their activity, their contribution to the community, their achievements, the courses they are following and can include a picture, social media links and some information about them.
The profile is both a mirror and a networking hub that motivates learners to achieve more, to understand, but also to connect with their tutors, to compare their progress against that of their peers and to reach out to them.
Each student profile will be visible and searchable to others, enabling them to connect, network and communicate. How best to connect without a way to find your other classmates, visit their profile and follow their social posts, comments and conversations? Whether you are looking to create a community to network or include a healthy social discussion to your academy, both can be achieved through The Master Gardeners Academy.
Following each other will also enrich students’ newsfeed. Posts, updates, comments, images and polls shared and answered by their friends and network will become a reason to come back for more.
Whether this is a closed corporate training group or an interests group created by similarly minded professionals or a group sharing tips and advice with each other, it will be a valuable addition to your education.
Students will be able to interact and learn from each other, grow a community around their course and discuss the material provided in your courses. It will also give us the opportunity to collect feedback and make cahnges accordingly.
Today, new knowledge is constantly being created and students will need to keep up. By adding RSS feeds of popular blogs and resources, we can keep our students informed with the latest relevant news in our industry, thus offering education that can withstand the sands of time.
Problem based learning
Problem-based learning allows students to be assessed on their ability to work through a problem.
Problem-based learning gives the learner greater long-term benefits than traditional learning.
Develops critical and creative thinking
Develops effective problem-solving
Improves and encourages lateral thinking
Is based on real-life situations.
When assigned a task, you are given:
A statement of the problem (ie diseased plant; failing business; design case study)
Questions to consider
A framework for the time and effort you should spend on the task
Support from the academy, tutor and peers.
The problems that students solve in courses relates to what they are learning and their level of interest.