The New Teacher

Posted on: 2019-11-10

In the words of Stephen Brookfield, “Skilful teaching is whatever helps the students learn.” While the traditional form still holds much ground and will probably stay for the long term, a change is what we are being subjected to. Grandma stories might not be exactly what modern kids can relate to, but then there is Wikipedia to feed all your story and mythology starvations. Game-based online quizzes are replacing cranky, "all-know" uncles, and online tutorials are making it into the school curriculum. But the important question here is, is this all for the best?

Flipped Classrooms
Every generation strives to be better than the previous, each generation is an evolved form, and every era of history has its own identity. Technology is what drives modern society, and infusion of it into the field of education is natural. It is education that has enabled humans to access the modern power of machines and it is the technology that will drive human capacity to learn and touch lives worldwide. "Flipped classrooms" are already a rage in the USA. Flipped classrooms allow students to learn unconventionally online and discuss their findings with students around the country. Numerous war and poverty torn African countries have been running internet-connected online classes where teachers sitting thousands of kilometers away provide them with the best knowledge that only first world countries have access to.

The ability of teachers to reach your desktop has opened new doors to education. Books are not expensive and you don’t have to drive to a store. Your bedroom becomes your classroom at the press of a button. Self-paced online courses available at reasonable prices have brought education within the reach of millions around the globe. You can repeat the courses an infinite number of times without being yelled at, and the discussion forums often help clear up all your standing doubts. The feeling of one-on-one interaction beats the discomfort of not being attended to personally in a cramped classroom. And the best part, you don’t have to ask permission to use the toilet.

eLearning Course Design
eLearning is a growing sector that allows for deeper learning by binding theory and pictorial representation together. Appropriate eLearning course design makes online courses appealing and in-demand. The visual formation and course blueprint design help students in learning the course. The course display design interface has a significant impact on the successful implementation of eLearning systems. Also, relevant pieces of information can be rechecked again and again. The ability to study only the portion of the video relevant to you saves precious time. Learning retention has also improved in the case of eLearning compared to face-to-face learning by many factors. eLearning is helping many organizations enhance their competitive edge. Students today want specific content (regarding their profession) tailored to their needs, hence eLearning is proving to be the best learning method in organization training programs.

Accessible Learning
While going to an Ivy League college or a world-renowned university is not what we all can afford, the path between world-class education and a seeker has greatly shortened in the last decade. Certified courses available at affordable prices on portals like edX, Coursera and Udemy have made education an in-reach commodity. The grading system and constant online tests associated with these portals help you judge your progress successively. As an individual one is free to choose his subject as per his liking, and set his own pace of learning. eLearning offers access to updated content, unlike traditional courses in which content can sometimes run for decades without any update. Since content is updated eLearning courses equip one with skills as per the needs of the market and hence directly making one job-ready.

Conclusion
The need to go beyond the traditionally restrained classroom experience has made eLearning an essential organ of modern society. While the world is growing smaller every day, it is important to realize that human welfare and social and economic development are directly linked to the enlightenment of the individuals of its society. For every child who is deprived of education, for every child who hates the gloomy classroom, and for every child who seeks to go beyond what is available around him, eLearning opens up a whole new dimension of enlightenment. It is the revolution in the education of our generation.

 Originally published for elearningindustry.com 

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