“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” This is a very powerful quote by Benjamin Franklin. When a student understands the concept of a subject and is able to apply the knowledge to solve new problems is deep learning. Deep learning happens over a period of time and requires active mental capability to process the information. The following strategies may help provide deep learning in virtual, hybrid and traditional learning environments. 

Online and hybrid learning have shortened instruction time. Frame the curriculum units around larger concepts and themes instead of covering the entire content and then asking students to work their way through the process and material provided. If the student is not comprehending the content, then disconnected learning will happen which they will be able to retain only perhaps till the exams.  The shift will promote conceptual understanding and its application. The students will focus on learning around applying the ideas rather than just learning facts. 

Frame your lesson units around open ended, thought provoking questions that will stimulate their thinking, hold discussions and debates and encourage them to further explore and discover. 

Another way to lead students to deep learning would be to give them a pile of words or terms connected to the lesson or unit they are yet to begin. You can ask the students to construct or group the terms. They will review, look up the ones they are not familiar with and then group them according to some logical common characteristics. 

Include inductive learning in online teaching. This will help students hone their prior knowledge, derive at a conclusion and develop classification skills. 

E-learning banks on a student’s ability to read and understand the text for themselves. If you are providing online tutoring service, a tool reading for meaning can help you instil reading comprehension, evaluate relevant textual evidence and stimulate critical thinking in students by justifying their each statement whether in support or denial. 

Ask your students to imagine, feel and live the life of someone else. This will help develop empathy in them or give a project where they will be interacting with them. 

Source: Teach Thought