DIGITAL LEARNING – KEY TO UNLOCK THE OCEAN OF KNOWLEDGE
“Learning should be beyond the Classroom”
Post Corona virus effect worldwide Schools and universitiesis looming, in support of Digital / Virtual Education.As a result, Mentors / Teachers has raised their voice, on how to continue their students’ education under such situation. While this might seem difficult, but in the era of Technology & digital there are various ways teachers can engage the learners to impart quality education virtually.
To overcome the current situation & get ready for future,digital education is replacing conventional education and gaining the popularity. Digital education can be embedded by simply using tablets instead of books & pen. Technology can play a vital rolenot only in Learning process but also plays important role in assessment.
Need of Online Education:
The concept of traditional education has changed radically within the last couple of years. Being physically present in a classroom isn’t the only learning option anymore — not with the rise of the internet and new technologies, at least. Nowadays, you have access to a quality education whenever and wherever you want, as long as you have access to a computer. We are now entering a new era — the revolution of online education.
Following statistics shows the acceptance of online education not due to post Covid-19 impact. 32% of the total worldwide learners belongs to United states, and the most amazing fact India contributes 15% of the worldwide online learners more than 1,55,000. Huge demand in online education surges due to the benefits of the online or virtual education and the technologies available.
Emerging Technologies for Teaching – Learning process:
Visualization has always been a dependable way to understand and learn things. No wonder, the enriching benefits of visualization in the spheres of teaching and learning has progressively pushed educational institutions to deploy pathbreaking technologies as ‘smart learning’ tools.Emerging technologies including augmented reality (AR), 3D printing, virtual reality and cloud computing are paving the way for the future of smart education in innovative and scalable ways.
- Augmented Reality: Creating student-centric learning environments
While we wait for AR to take the world by storm, innovations like Google Glass and Pokémon Go have already given away a sneak preview of how this technology will revolutionize aneducation in the near future. Bridging the gap between the physical and virtual worlds, AR will seamlessly transform the way we see, visualize and learn about the world around us. It will eventually enable teachers and students to visualize 3D models in real time, nestled in a real environment and projected to realistic scales.
- 3D Printing: Taking learning to the next level
3D printing may currently sound like science fiction, but it is an exciting and innovative present-day technology with multiple creative and practical applications. A 3D printer works by printing objects, but it uses materials such as plastics, rubber, metal and the like, instead of ink. The 3D printing technology has the ability to emerge as an important addition in any ‘smart’ classroom. As part of the latter, students will not be restricted by the same old ways of perceiving objects and concepts, rather they can print a 3D model of almost anything to understand it better.
- Cloud Computing: Increasing engagement and improving productivity
Cloud computing technology is booming these days and will most likely continue to revolutionize several aspects of our society, particularly education. The introduction of cloud in education will not only make learning easy and fun but also improve the technical skills of the students, consequently make the students, staffs, and institutions future-ready. Fortunately, students can now get rid of the outdated learning materials and say no to expensive hardware and software while still staying on top of their educational endeavors.
- Flexible Display: Education’s next frontier
What was once reserved for whiteboards and chalkboards, the classroom wall space, is now increasingly getting occupied by digital screens. From visual and aural to logical and tactile, the smart screens are catering to a wide range of learning styles and delivering the interactive educational experience. Flexible and foldable displays, built with active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) technology, are on the near horizon and are sure to offer students with yet more portable computing alternatives to today’s smartphones and tablets.
- Game-Based Learning: Delivering interactive learning experience
At a time when the entire world is connected by the internet, students seem to have very short attention spans. It is no surprise that kids today swear by Facebook, YouTube, and smartphones that provide on-the-go, 24 hours updates while finding answers to all their queries through Wikipedia and Google. To cater to such a fast-moving generation, educational institutions will eventually have to abandon the traditional modes of teaching. One way to achieve this objective is employing a technique that is usually considered a major distraction to learning- gamification.
Source to Teach & Learn:
Teachers / Mentors planning to deliver an online course or simply supplementing your face-to-face course with an online component or sharing expertise via a completely online course, you now have a universe of options available for online teaching platforms:
Udemy –This is a massive online teaching platform with over 2 million students worldwide and 13,000 courses. It lets instructors design robust classes including video lectures, PowerPoint files, screencast videos, documents, audio files, text, and mashup videos. The platform is completely free for instructors to create their courses which they may offer either for free or for a fee. This is a very professional-looking platform that has a lot to offer.
RCampus –RCampus can be used to create courses, student assignments, keep grades, hold class discussions, and post many types of educational content such as videos, links, images, etc. It can also be used as an ePortfolio management system in which both students and faculty can “build multiple, fully-functional presentation portfolios for demonstrating their skills and knowledge or for career development”.
Learnopia –This free online learning platform enables instructors to design and offer courses consisting of a combination of videos, audio files, PowerPoint presentations, and documents such as PDF files, as well as tests consisting of multiple-choice questions.
Thinkific –Thinkific is a mostly free online teaching platform that allows you to create and distribute online learning materials. Designed with a variety of different industries and needs in mind, the platform works with the basic free subscription including the vast majority of the tools you need to offer and distribute online lessons. With support for online sales of lessons, student assessments and more, the Thinkific platform offers a robust set of features for students and teachers alike.
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Key Advantages of Online Learning:
1.Students learn more than they do in traditional courses
IBM have found that participants learn five times more material in online learning courses using multimedia content than in traditional face to face courses.Because online courses give students full control over their own learning, students are able to work at their own speed. Generally, students work faster than they would do otherwise and take in more information. They are able to move faster through areas of the course they feel comfortable with, but slower through those that they need a little more time on.
- Retention rates are higher with online learning
Many offline courses struggle to retain students throughout the length of the course. The Research Institute of America have found that this is not the case with eLearning. Rather, online courses have increased student retention rates from anything from 25% to 60%.
It’s been suggested that more engaging multimedia content, more control over how they take in the material and less likelihood of classes clashing with other commitments all contribute to this rise.
- Online learning requires less of a time investment
Many students hesitate to enroll traditional classroom mode of program due to the time investment& fixed commitment itrequires. Online studies typically require 40-60% less time than learning in a traditional classroom setting.
- More frequent assessments can reduce distractions
One of the great things about online courses is that assessment can become more of an ongoing process. This is good news for students as interspersing multimedia content and learning materials with regular short tests can improve student engagement. In fact, research from Harvard showed that using these short, regular tests reduced student distraction to an extent of 50% and increased note-taking by three timesimproving the students’ overall retention to understand the concept in depth.
Frequent assessment ensuring the track of learning in progress and proper assistance can be provided at the time it required.
- eLearning is the greener option
Online learning is certainly the more effective option for students, but it’s also better for the environment. Online courses equate to an average of 90% less energy and 85% fewer CO2 emissions per student than traditional in person courses.
This certainly makes online learning and multimedia content a more effective method of education overall. Promoting and engaging in this kind of learning can help both individuals and institutions to contribute for the environment and stick to their own personal environmental goals.
Experts believe online learning is the future of education. As technology becomes more widely available, an increasing number of students will gain access to the kind of knowledge that can vastly improve their career prospects, and maybe even the world. Online learning will enable students in developing countries to study subjects like coding, computing programming, and engineering, thus driving innovation all over the globe.