Types of eLearning Experiences

With the launch of the 21st Century Kids Academy, new types of enrichment experiences have become available for your child. These experiences have been designed to meet the needs of both students and their families, in an effort to accommodate varying schedules and learning styles. While selecting eLearning programs and activities for your child, you will see a designation of the experience type. These types are explained below for your convenience (more coming soon):

Instructional Experiences:

"Instructional" refers to an instructor-led and guided enrichment experience, with several sessions spanning over a period of several weeks. Instructional experiences are posted to the 21st Century Kids Academy portal at preannounced dates and times, and are available for your child to access from various devices at any time. Instructional experiences typically include instructional videos, visual presentations, building instructions, study and reference guides, as well as quizzes, challenges, and interactive games designed to engage children and enhance their eLearning.

As part of an instructional experience, children are provided the necessary materials to participate in hands-on activities. To ensure they are progressing in the program and are successful with the activities, they are provided opportunities to request instructor feedback by submitting image and text-based messages to their instructor from within the eLearning portal. Also, when using supported devices and browsers, children may record and submit video and audio-based messaging to their instructors. From their AfterCare Plus account, parents may restrict messaging types their child may send and receive while eLearning.

Supported Experiences:

"Supported" refers to an always available, self-guided enrichment experience. Supported experiences are pre-posted eLearning modules that children may access from a variety of devices, at any time and at their own pace. Similar to instructional experiences, supported experiences may include instructional videos, visual presentations, building instructions, study and reference guides, as well as quizzes, challenges, and interactive games designed to engage children and enhance their eLearning. Compared to an instructional experience, a supported experience does not require the same level of instructor feedback and guidance.

As part of a supported experience, children are provided the necessary materials to participate in hands-on activities. To ensure they are progressing in the program and are successful with the activities, they are provided opportunities to request feedback by submitting image and text-based messages to instructional staff from within the eLearning portal. While generic options are provided, younger children may require parental assistance in composing specific messages to instructional staff. From their AfterCare Plus account, parents may restrict messaging types their child may send and receive while eLearning.