Microsoft SharePoint can help schools and trusts overcome many of the lost learning challenges they face in 2022.
Over the last few years, many students have inevitably lost hours of learning, due to higher levels of absences, adjusting to learning from home and dealing with abrupt changes in restrictions.
On top of this, some individuals have struggled to access learning remotely due to a lack of access to devices or internet connectivity.
This major disruption has caused a huge problem for schools as teachers battle to clearly identify gaps in individual students’ learning and keep track of progress.
Using SharePoint as a central storage hub for all learning resources, schools and trusts make catching up on learning accessible to students anytime and anywhere.
Students can catch up on missed learning on their own terms and take ownership of the gaps in their knowledge.
Meanwhile, sharing resources in SharePoint encourages staff to work together to create learning resources and share them across departments, schools and the trusts.
This not only cuts down the number of hours wasted re-creating resources that already exist, but it can also drive up quality as the resources can be reused, recycled and built upon year after year.
Below are some tips on how to use SharePoint in a way that enables students to catch up easily on lost learning.
Structure folders around student needs.
It’s essential to keep the student’s point of view in mind when creating and structuring your SharePoint folders.
Choose clear names for folders and documents and consider numbering them so they appear in a specific order – for example, by term, week or lesson number.
This makes it so much easier for students to revisit lost learning and reduces the chances of them needing to contact you to find specific documents.
In the example in our video guide, Joe breaks down learning into terms, weeks and lessons and then numbers worksheets and tasks so that students can access the right files.
Search for keywords.
Encourage students to use the search function in SharePoint.
The clever tool allows you to search within the selected folder – keywords can be used to search the titles of folders and files and even words within documents.
This is great when students need to access something quickly or revise a specific topic.
Tip: Take this one step further and use the Find tool (Ctrl + F) to drill down into documents and search for specific keywords.
Connect it to Teams with Cloud Box.
With our Cloud Box solution, you can automatically connect your learning resource folders to the respective Teams channel so students can access everything they need without leaving the Teams app.
The resources folder can be accessed in the top navigation bar and documents can all be opened up within the Teams app.
Share resources quickly.
Resources can also be easily shared outside of SharePoint.
Simply select the file, document or folder you wish to share and click Share.
A pop-up appears with multiple sharing options:
- You can email a student (or multiple students) the selected file directly so that they can access the folder.
- Or you can create a sharing link that can then be copied into a Teams message or email.
From here, you can also alter the editing permissions to prevent students from editing the resource.
Note: You’ll get a notification as soon as students open your link.
SharePoint makes it easy to share resources with students who may have lost learning, but it also makes it very easy for staff to collaborate and work together on creating documents. If you would like to find out more about how Microsoft 365 and Cloud Box can help your school or trust overcome the challenges of lost learning, book a demo with a member of our team.