When you’re a teacher, everything comes back to your students.
That’s why it’s so important for students to have a positive experience when using a digital curriculum.
If your students aren’t engaged with the materials they’re using, then they’re not going to retain information long-term.
That means more frustrations, fewer certifications, and overall poor class performance.
At AES, we want to help you maximize student performance with a sleek and positive student experience.
In a nutshell, we think your job is hard enough already. We want you to have a digital sidekick that’s up to your teaching standards of student success.
On this page, we’ll walk you through the student experience of Business&ITCenter21 so you know what to expect in your class.
The student experience starts at enrollment. This happens once you’ve created a class on your Business&ITCenter21 account.
That gives you a random, six-character enrollment code that your students use to access digital resources.
Your students enter that code in the Course Enrollment box found on learn.aeseducation.com.
Once a student enters that code, they’ll automatically enroll in the class and show up on your teacher dashboard.
Your teacher dashboard also tracks every student’s grade and progress throughout a class.
This includes a student’s username and password, which they create after enrolling into a course for the first time.
Overall, this enrollment system plays a major role in the structure of Business&ITCenter21. That structure looks like this:
In other words, you start with the digital curriculum. Then you make a course, which is made of modules. Modules are made of units, and units are made of lessons and assessments.
Now that we have the structure down, let’s dive into the next step of the student experience.
Just like teachers, students have their own dashboards. They show the modules that you’re using within a course.
Students can see due dates you set, the number of assignments they’ve completed, and their average grade for a module.
Every student can also jump in and out of modules by clicking the “Select a different course link,” which takes them to their course dashboard.
That lets students select other coursework to complete.
Once a student selects a course and the module they want, they go to the unit selection screen.
The unit selection screen shows all of the units within a module.
Students also see their status within a unit and the grade they earned on a unit’s quiz.
They can also watch the Getting Started video to get an idea of what they need to do next.
Once they select a lesson, the learning begins.
Students navigate lessons through slides, videos, and other multimedia instructions on their computers.
Each lesson allows students to read, hear, and interact with different on-screen elements.
In our example, we have an interactive slideshow complete with instructional videos.
Students move through these lessons and absorb small bits of information quickly.
The narration lets auditory learners succeed, and there are also text-based instructions for students who’d rather read.
Because each lesson is self-paced, students can work in the way that best helps them learn.
They don’t need to take tons of notes, and there’s no risk of losing their attention like during a lecture.
Business&ITCenter21 makes sure students stay engaged throughout a lesson.
Each lesson comes with knowledge checks — quick questions related to the lesson — after a random number of slides or videos.
This helps students move information from short-term to long-term memory, minimizing the chance that they’ll forget something they’ve heard or read during a lesson.
Overall, this creates a strong process of learning that benefits students.
This process looks like this:
This simple process is a sample of the carefully-planned, tried-and-true learning methodology used in Business&ITCenter21.
(We call it the four phases.)
To maximize information retention with students, every unit ends with a quiz or test.
These assessments are all graded automatically. That means you can sit back and watch as students work through their quizzes. The grades show up in your teacher dashboard without you lifting a finger.
In addition, these assessments are cumulative. They cover everything a student encountered within a unit, which requires them to pay attention and actively learn to succeed.
Questions all come with audio options so auditory learners can take tests according to their strengths.
Regardless of how a student learns or tests, they can all move as quickly as they’d like through the assessments.
Once they’re done, they click the “Hand-In” button. Then, Business&ITCenter21 automatically grades the quiz!
When students finish quizzes, they can immediately see how they performed.
This includes a student’s grade, the questions they got right, and the questions they got wrong.
These reports let students know their strengths and weaknesses in terms of the learning materials. After a quiz, they can go back to the more difficult lessons and review the information they need to review.
This prompts them to take personal responsibility for their learning. It also promotes a flexible learning system that empowers students to succeed in the long run!
After a student finishes a formal assessment, they go back to the module dashboard.
Now, the dashboard shows a green checkmark in the “Status” column and the grade they earned on each unit’s quiz.
After they’ve completed a unit, students can go back into it to review information.
This works especially well for end-of-semester exams that use cumulative information. Students don’t have to leaf through pages of notes or struggle to remember the right information — they can find it in their digital resources.
That means you don’t have to take time to help one or two students with random questions. Instead, you can focus on the students who really need the most help.
In a nutshell, this system is a win-win for you and your students!
The last part of any module is the module test.
These tests are all opened and closed by you. So if you want to let students try the module test on the first day of their lessons as a pre-test, you can.
Similarly, you can open and close the test for a certain amount of time, like a week at the end of the month.
Once you open it, every student will see a link for the test on their module dashboard.
The module test itself is very similar to unit quizzes. The questions are randomized, cumulative, and flexible enough to let students play to their strengths.
Once they’re done with it, students can jump back to the course dashboard to see how they’re doing overall.
This dashboard shows their performance in every module and averages their grade based on the module test.
It also shows you if students have fully completed a module (green checkmark) or if the module is partially completed (yellow circle).
Regardless of how a student navigates these lessons, the Business&ITCenter21 system is designed to help students succeed.
Combined with your expertise, you’re setting your students up to win while saving yourself valuable time.