Metacognition for online learning

metacognition for online learning

Metacognition means to think about thinking. That is to say being aware of the information you’re exposed to and how you’re able to use it. Knowing how to use metacognition in online learning can drastically improve your student’s success rates.

It’s common for students in online classrooms to tune out or revert to social media platforms. This is because they aren’t sure what to do with the information being presented. It often seems confusing or unimportant, so they move their attention on to something else. Therefore it’s important to create meaning in your course content beyond testing and grades. For students to really benefit from lessons, they have to be engaged.

I’m going to show you a few strategies you can use in your online lessons that will give your content meaning. Students will engage with and feel more connected to the course material. We’ll be discussing these strategies in the coming lessons.

What you’ll find

I’ll show you how to use metacognition in online learning to encourage your students to seek out information, problem solve and really engage with the content. These techniques will help your students improve their skills, making it easier for them to reach their goals.

First, we’ll look at different way’s students can frame problems to find a variety of solutions, reflecting on and assessing materials as well as their self. There are many ways students can be encouraged to contemplate ideas and develop on them, and as a result, build a deeper understanding of information.

A large part of Metacognition is being aware of our own thoughts and how we interact with information. That’s why it’s important for students to understand their own perspectives and be able to understand other perspectives. Creating lessons and content that require students to be present and think about the information greatly improves classroom outcomes.

There’s a lot to discuss, so let’s get into it. See you in the first lesson.

Section 1

What is metacognition
10 mins

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines metacognition as “awareness or analysis of one's own learning or thinking processes”. It means to think about thinking. Being aware of what you know, what you don’t know, and how you process information. 

How can metacognition improve my online teaching?
10 mins

Students have a lot of distractions when learning from home. They could be disturbed by other family members, be more interested in their own things or maybe a tv program. It’s hard to keep their attention on the lesson. It’s important that students feel connected to the lesson and the information has meaning for them


Section 2

Thinking about thinking
10 mins

Metacognition means thinking about thinking. Being aware of the information you’re exposed to and how you’re able to use it. Knowing how to use metacognition in online learning can drastically improve your student’s success rates.

Thinking out loud
10 mins

When you voice your thoughts, you make the ideas real. This often helps identify problems or solidify goals. For example, think about a time when you struggled with an idea or decision. Then, as soon as you told someone else the solution suddenly popped into your head. This shows the power of thinking aloud. 

Concept mapping
10 mins

Concept mapping is a great way to develop critical thinking and logic skills. Making connections between material helps students understand what is important and why. Often, students can’t see why a specific subject is important, leading them to tune out or ignore the lesson content.

Involve your students in the curriculum. Give them a course outline and let them know what they’ll be studying as part of the curriculum. Then you’ll have the opportunity to address any concerns or questions students might have. 

Note taking
10 mins

Note-taking can be a challenge for some students. If you develop a clear framework, they can follow it will be a lot easier for them to create their study material. There’s a basic framework that works well with most students that we’ll be discussing here.

Reflective writing
10 mins

By the end of an online lesson, it’s common for students to want to pack up and move on. However, it’s important to keep them engaged right until the end. Reflective writing can give them something to think about even after the lesson has finished. You can do this by making use of exit tickets. Quick activities to finish off the lesson, in this case, a short summary.

10 mins

Assessments are an important part of learning. However, final exams and quizzes aren’t always the best way to check how much your students learned. Assessments should be happening daily, weekly and monthly to ensure all students are learning effectively.

Better learning
10 mins

In this course, we talked about different ways to help your students take control of their own learning through metacognition techniques. Understanding your abilities and limitations can greatly improve success rates and give your students a better learning experience. 

Final assignment

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Duration: 120 mins
Lectures: 9
Level: Instructor skill building



August 2022


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