7 features of a next-gen online learning platform

5. Archives.

Janux allows access to all previously generated learning materials, allowing students to revisit the material at a later date and take the time to digest complicated material.

“They don’t just get one chance to hear a lecture,” said Harper.

6. Uniform course structure.

Each course on Janux is structured in a uniform way on the platform, and includes the same tools for students to use.

“This way, students can focus on the content and material rather than learning how to navigate their way through each course,” explained Harper.

7. On-demand courses.

Janux features a unique array of courses—strategically selected by OU—on the platform that are not available across the board and that are relevant to student demand.

Is it working?

Janux, which launched in August 2013, and is fully funded by OU, has received extremely positive feedback from students, many saying that Janux has exceeded their expectations.

“Collaboration with classmates is easy,” said Connor McBride, a Janux student. “Study time is especially productive and everything feels polished and natural. A favorite aspect is that the online content frees up extra class time for conversations, debate and synthesis—it’s not just a lecture. The platform is really making a difference.”

OU believes that online platforms for higher-ed are a must, and a customized platform like Janux is right for most students, especially since the platform “is mindful of future development streams such as enhanced functionality brought to attention by students and faculty,” said Harper.

OU currently gives course credit for the classes offered on Janux. To receive credit for the courses, students must enroll at OU and pay for the course itself. But, enrolling at OU is not a requirement to gain access to the course and the material.

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