Student experience is the most important part of a digital curriculum.
When we say “student experience,” we mean how your students work their way through lessons, quizzes, and tests.
If a student doesn’t have a positive experience, they won’t learn.
At AES, that means we have to work to help your students have a great time while they learn. We take that responsibility seriously with HealthCenter21.
To demonstrate, this is a quick overview of what your students can expect from using HealthCenter21.
The student experience starts after you set up a class.
Then, you get a six-character enrollment code.
You give that code to your students, and they enter it in the Course Enrollment box on learn.aeseducation.com.
Once a student has entered this code, they’ll show up on your teacher dashboard in that course. Your dashboard will also keep an active tally of every student currently enrolled in each class you create.
The student chooses a username and password, and then they’re all set to learn.
This plays a major role in the structure of HealthCenter21, which we’ll go over here so we’re on the same page.
First, HealthCenter21 is a digital curriculum. In it, you create classes. Those courses are made of modules, which contain units. Then, those have lessons that your students take. At the end of every lesson and / or unit is an assessment.
So the structure of HealthCenter21 looks like this:
With that in mind, let’s look at how the student experiences each step of this process.
Each student’s dashboard shows the name of your course, the modules included, and other important information.
Students can see the due date you’ve set for a module, how many assignments they need to complete, and their average grade.
If you have students in multiple courses, they can click the “Select a different course” link under the course’s title.
That link brings students to a new dashboard where they can choose the course they want.
From there, students select the course they need. Then, they go to that course’s dashboard to select a module.
Once students pick a module, they go to the next screen.
The unit selection screen lets students pick the specific lessons they want learn.
They can also watch a video called Getting Started that tells them more of what to expect.
On this page, students can also see the status of a unit and the grade they earned on a quiz.
We’ll see those options populate as we move through the rest of the student experience.
Once a student selects a unit, they start the unit’s first lesson.
If they’ve already started a unit, they can choose a new lesson to start.
Starting a lesson lets students read, hear, and interact with different on-screen elements.
The first page of every lesson prepares students for what they’ll learn.
After that, they go through slides with accompanying narration. Some lessons also start with interactive activities.
We include narration on all of our lessons so students can learn the best way for them — visually or audibly.
Audio explanations also help students with IEPs who may have issues with reading, especially dyslexia. It’s also helpful for ESL students, allowing them to keep up with the rest of the class as they refine their English.
Every few slides, students answer some quick questions about the information they encountered.
This recap is essential to the four phases of learning — the proven AES philosophy of education.
In a nutshell, it keeps students engaged by playing to their attention spans. Students go through a process.
This process is a microcosm of the whole learning process in HealthCenter21.
It’s also the cornerstone of the student experience.
The final part of every lesson contains an interactive exercise that requires students to apply everything they’ve learned.
Often, the exercise responds in real-time to ensure students have information correct before moving onto quizzes or tests.
This reinforcement again helps students retain information over the long run, making it easier for them to recall and apply what they’ve learned.
Every unit ends with a quiz and / or formal assessment. Both are graded automatically so you don’t have to work out averages.
Assessments cover all of the material that a student learned. That means questions can come from any lesson in a unit, which requires students to pay attention to succeed.
Questions also come with audio options for students who want auditory cues.
Regardless of how they take the question in, students can quickly respond, move through the assessment, and finish by clicking “Hand-In.”
Once students conclude a quiz, they can see how they did.
These reports show students what they answered correctly. That encourages them to speak to you or go back to a lesson to find the answer.
Either way, students will know they missed something, and this prompts them to discover the answer themselves.
Once a student is finished reviewing their assessment answers, they’ll return to the module dashboard where they’ll see the updated status of a unit.
Even though they’ve completed a unit, they can still go back into it and review information.
That’s perfect for students who need to recap information before a cumulative exam.
If they need access to a unit they completed in September for your exam in December, they have the resources right at their fingertips.
This student experience repeats for every course you create. That consistency helps students acclimate to the learning style of the four styles, and the automatic record-keeping on the back end helps you teach more effectively.
In other words, our student experience is a win-win for everyone!
The final part of any module is the module test.
Students can access this assessment by completing the entire module. Then, you — the teacher — determine when to open it or close it.
That lets you dictate when students can complete their work, which keeps them on track for success.
The module test itself is almost identical to the unit quizzes. The questions are randomized, and once a student has taken it, their grade shows up on the module dashboard.
Then, a student is done with the module! They can jump back out to your course to see their approximate grade in the course, what they’ve completed, and what they need to do next.
Then, the whole process repeats again!
With your control over a course and an easy student interface, HealthCenter21 creates a positive learning environment that sets your students up for success.