Just like in a traditional learning environment, an online school needs to be able to pace its curriculum properly in order to avoid imbalanced distribution of courses. This is important for retention and producing better quality students overall. This is why your own Learning Management System (LMS) should have the ability to control when and how each student accesses certain lessons that are relevant to their courses. The strategy, however, will vary depending on your needs.
There are certain stages in learning, for instance, where you need to make all lessons and courses available to the student. This is the case especially at the beginning of courses – you will want students to have control over which learning paths they take, assuming there are many. This is called a non-sequential type of course, which means that students can take on any of the available lessons they choose at the time.
Some courses, however, need to be gradually introduced by each lesson. This is usually the case when a certain part of the syllabus has pre-requisites. If so, you’ll need to be able to control which lessons the students can access so that they don’t skip the fundamentals and get confused in the long run. Usually you’ll want to expose students to a new lesson on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
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