While the concept of personalized learning is a rather old one — teachers have sought to craft instruction to meet individual student needs for generations — the explosion of “smart” technology has only recently begun to make its presence felt in classrooms. Technology and BYOD play an important role in the development of personalized learning. Thanks to all the technological advances, creating the environment for customized learning experiences doesn’t seem like an effort of gargantuan proportions (as it was in the past) but rather a manageable task.
Learning has evolved to a point where augmented reality (AR) is a possibility. It’s evolved to a point where the environment adapts to learners needs and as I like to say it the learning process is as interactive and as immersive as ever.
The internet can be addicting. People would do a quick search on an interesting topic, read on and find themselves reading more and more topics totally different from the topic which piqued their interest. It’s like playing a video game and most of us can relate to that. Once we start playing the first few stages of the game, we are progressing and finally finish the story of the game. It’s addictive. Now put that in the perspective of learning – reading and studying topics which get deeper and deeper, until it becomes addictive.
Flipped classrooms are the bread and butter of e-learning and have defined the education landscape in the past few years or so. But sometimes we still feel there is that sorely-lacking element which could increase student engagement practices or even augment different learning techniques to enhance the learning experience. Learning after all, is a continuum.
I’m positive that at least 70% of the people in the e-learning space created or used at some point a SCORM package, whether it was a full class, a lesson, an assessment, or a simple presentation. SCORM has been used at a large scale for quite some time now, but as e-learning technology advances we have to wonder if it’s still relevant for e-learning users.
Mobile learning is about transforming how everyone can access shared knowledge and resources. It’s about mobilizing the learning experience, from being merely seated in a classroom discussing matters with your teacher or stuck with a laptop at home answering online assessments, to taking an assessment while in a cab.
Teachers continually face the challenge of keeping their students engaged and motivated. And let’s face it. Digital learning has lost a bit of the so-called “personal teaching touch” because most of the learning, teaching and exams are done online and there’s less physical interaction. In traditional learning, teachers can directly monitor student progress and class standing, and address any concerns if there are any.
E-learning, for some, can be boring if they just stick to the “rules”. You know like, not expanding the already-existing e-learning concepts and techniques instructors and educators already know. It can be boring if educators just, for example, don’t maximize the features of the LMS they’re using such as integration to cloud storage services, or use collaboration tools to increase engagement from students. There are of some things that everyone needs to know, teachers especially, in order to upgrade your e-learning
MOOCs have been considered for a very long time a great way of learning, because they are useful, diverse, surrounded by communities and mostly free. However, lately MOOCs have faced several challenges and criticisms such as its heavy reliance on user-generated content which creates a rather chaotic learning environment, and the mere fact that digital literacy is almost always a prerequisite if someone is going to take an open online course. But are they really dead? Let’s discuss the yes and the no.
Teachers will oftentimes start delivering their lessons using stories as frameworks. Stories have always perked our minds and caught our interest, because they allow us to create an emotional connection. We always have that story that gives us an “aww” feeling, that story that makes us feel all sorts of emotions, whether they’re positive or negative emotion. Digital storytelling is another step in storytelling.