17 Jan 2018

LEARNING AND DIGITIZATION

There has been an emergence of a global movement that calls for a new model of learning for the twenty-first century. With frequent emerging technologies, schools must be transformed to make new forms of learning possible. An American writer and speaker on education, Marc Prensky stresses that ‘unless we change how things are taught and what is taught, we will not be able to provide an education that has our kids fighting to be in school rather than one that effectively pushes one-third to one-half of them out’. Therefore, it is necessary to make learning suitable to learner’s taste.

Re-enticing Students with Digital Learning.
Digitization in Education Industry has totally changed learning and teaching process to a very great extent. Educators are now sensitive to their students’ learning preferences, by teaching learners proficiency in Information and Communication Technologies, Educators are preparing them for everyday life and workplace productivity. Digital Learning has the power to connect students and educators with rich personalized curriculum regardless of state or country, expands access to career and vocational education and learning opportunities not available in schools.
Videos excite and engage students when learning any of their subjects and activities. When you hear and watch what you learn in other forms like videos, audio, it aids retention. Often times, listening to same teacher in a particular subject area might be boring and less motivating, however, with digital learning, learning is personalized and customized to individual learner’s taste.

Digital Learning Technology
Digital Learning Technologies can help learners to grasp concepts more quickly and fully, increase personalized learning, create avenue for update of instructional materials and facilitate wide availability and sharing of knowledge in creative and exciting ways beyond our imagination.

With Digital Learning Technologies, there is:
Effective Learning: Digital learning help both students and instructors to concentrate their efforts on where further understanding is most needed, corrects misperceptions immediately and helps students to figure out problems real-time.
Quality Learning: With digital tools, learners and instructors can produce quality materials to share online. Best professors are also available for free to anyone with a broadband connection.
Flexibility: There is access to online part-time and full time learning. Graduate students have access to information needed for their thesis when they need it. And, it allows lifelong learners to continue to pursue education, while meeting family and other commitments.  Digital learning makes education open and affordable to students worldwide.
Open Assessment and Feedback: Digital learning provides quick feedback to instructors on where students are lagging, students can also track their own progress which can improve motivation.
Sharing and Increased knowledge of Materials: With digitalization, learning materials reach broader and wider student’s platform as a result of sharing, improves understanding of subject matter because it has been broken down and illustrated using different means. Common sharing platforms made it possible for educators to share tools and resource.
Model for Content Developers: Digital Learning motivates instructors to develop courses using the best medium and different but captivating methods to deliver contents. Instructors can measure how people learn from others and use this to learn and improve on their instructional materials.
Career Opportunity for Educators: Teachers can join online learning communities to enrol as instructors, share tips and stay connected with the global world.
Anyone who has seen where game-based learning occur will understand how well digital learning can boost motivation, better engagement and deep learning of learners. However, opportunity to help every student learn at the best pace for them is the most important benefit of digital learning.

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