Our brain has an active mechanism for forgetting in order to protect the brain from overloading. Our ability to remember is limited, but the ability to subconsciously train new skills is unlimited. The subconscious does not forget anything and helps adults to speak fluent English in less than a year.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through virtual classroom design best practices to create engaging virtual events, virtual training exercises, and breakout activities. You’ll also discover the key principles of effective online learning and how modern tech allows us to weave them into our virtual training experiences.
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The eLearning industry has seen rapid growth in the past few years. From slideshows to AR technology, it has evolved a lot. A Statista report says, currently, more than 3.8 billion smartphone users exist in the market. And now, with that many users, many developers have started offering services via mobile apps for almost everything, be it learning, traveling, or even eating, there’s a mobile app that already exists.
Now, with such digitalization, which has grown, especially during COVID-19, eLearning has kept learners and teachers connected. Even though colleges and universities were closed, eLearning made sure that the learning process did not stop. It also helped students and teachers stay protected against the deadly virus.
The culture of online learning started in 1990 when Duke University and Cornell University initiated online certification programs. Currently, online courses have more than six million students globally.
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The world today is rapidly progressing on the road to utilization, with the ever-increasing number of technical applications that are used to communicate and pass on knowledge. In a traditional classroom, knowledge acquisition is limited to the information the instructor has and that which they can access. However, connecting students to the outside world enhances their ability to construct new knowledge.
E-learning is an umbrella term that is used to describe a wide variety of electronic ways that enable access to education, and the process in itself. These include: virtual classrooms, web-based learning, computer-based learning, digital collaboration, video and audio recordings, interactive TV and many more. Thus, e-learning is suited to flexible learning methods and distance learning. E-learning can however be coupled with face-to-face instruction, which is called blended learning.
This article takes a closer look at how big companies such as KFCor Walmartuse virtual reality learning to impart skills and knowledge to employees for a variety of purposes. Each example is a real-world mini case-study to reveal the range of potential applications, what they replace, and their effectiveness.
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Heading back to the classroom as an adult may well be a daunting task, especially if you have been out of the loop for a long time. It may seem even scarier if you are going to be completing an online course and you don’t really know how it will work or what to expect. Also, with the need for online learning skyrocketing due to the Covid-19 pandemic, new online teaching methods are required and therefore are being produced at rapid rates. People are working round the clock and finding ways to translate traditional teaching methods onto the online learning experience. That means if you are thinking about taking up an online learning course, there has never been a better time. So, with all that in mind, we are going to discuss a few ways you can maximize your online learning experience in order to effectively learn your craft.
A positive pandemic outcome in education is that teachers also report feeling much better prepared to teach remotely and in hybrid environments following the “trial-by-fire” this spring. Three-quarters of respondents said they were confident about taking on the challenges posed by the fall semester.
“Educators were forced to make quick, drastic changes last spring, and despite the disruption, our research shows their confidence in using and teaching with technology has increased,” said HMH CEO Jack Lynch, in a statement. “There is still concern about the fall and what our ‘new normal’ will be, but the marked increase in optimism is a testament to the resilience, adaptability and commitment of our nation’s teachers, and the clear realization we all have of how critical and central their jobs are to a thriving society.”
There is a clear appetite for a daily dose of gaming excitement. As a result, teachers can capitalize on the same drive and passion for performing without losing any academic integrity in the virtual classroom.
Gamifying the learning experience is a significant trend, not least because young people are often more inclined to play games than devote time to their education. Crucially, gamification need not be complex. Educators can utilize existing gamified platforms or tweak their existing delivery methods. This could involve adding quizzes and badges, theming learning materials around different levels, and much more.
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One of the truly awesome things about the modern world, and the wide range of advanced digital technologies it offers, is the fact that it is now more possible than ever before for the average person to study just about whatever subject they want from the comfort of their own homes.
When all is said and done, education is meant to be a lifelong pursuit. It’s meant to be an avenue for us to deepen our understanding and awareness of the world, improve our abilities, and expand our possibilities. Of course, for many people, the idea of “education” or “studying” is tightly connected with the classroom, and doesn’t go much beyond that.
If you want to study a particular subject from home, there are certain things you should keep in mind if you want to ensure that your e-Learning experience ends up being as smooth and fruitful as possible. Here are a few tips for effectively studying a subject from home.
We have long been aware that the early development of children’s social, emotional, and cognitive abilities is key for lifelong learning and wellbeing. However, lively debate continues regarding how to make use of technology when teaching children ten and younger.
Many educators and parents view early-stage education academically and, therefore, rigidly. For example, preschools often stuff curricula and day-to-day education with academic instructions that hone in sharply on a particular skill, such as reading, calculating, or solving textbook problems.
Rather than taking a skills-only approach with young learners, educators can adopt a teaching style that develops their natural willingness and curiosity to learn and study instead by integrating technology to facilitate learning experiences from a young age.
Let’s take a closer look at what is important in early-stage education and the tools that can help children develop a lifelong curiosity to learn.
DevOps, the set of practices that combines software development and information technology operations, is beginning to transform teaching, learning, and research in higher education.
Many academic disciplines — and higher education institutions as a whole — have generally been slow to adopt DevOps. This lag can be due to a wide array of challenges, including a general lack of awareness inside academia of what DevOps is and how it can be used. Keeping pace with industry advancements and learning entirely new software and methodology is particularly challenging for faculty. Additionally, DevOps originated as a complex toolchain of individual software tools performing a specific group of functions, also called stages, that make up the DevOps lifecycle.
BLENDED LEARNING IS PROVING MORE EFFECTIVE THAN TRADITIONAL EDUCATION
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Online learning remains unpopular amongst professors and even with the general public. While many work actively to promote the notion that an online setting can serve as an analog to in-person education, there’s a wholly less controversial use of digital technology being used in and out of the classroom. It calls for a blend of online and in-person education, and there’s growing evidence that it surpasses traditional methods. Blended learning has proven itself as not only a teaching strategy that allows greater flexibility, but one that is more effective than traditional methods.
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The COVID-19 pandemic pushed colleges and universities to digital learning platforms at a faster rate than anyone could have anticipated. This not only shifted the classroom environment, but also changed how students and educators engage in the learning experience.
As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more readily available, colleges are now focused on reopening campuses, determining what the future classroom will look like and how new online teaching methods and technologies will fit in. What can these institutions take away from a year of remote learning and what benefits can online learning and digital tools offer for the post-pandemic classroom?
There is no doubt that the future of education will be greatly driven by technology. The new teaching tools are much more effective for the new generation of learners and educators as they appreciate the modern educational settings. Instead of spending time reading books in the traditional libraries, the millennials find it easier to learn on the go by staying tuned to the videos and tutorials online. Students that pursue this path are likely to gain knowledge and skills without staying restricted to the classroom environment. Moreover, even if we talk about the traditional classroom education system, that can also be improved with the addition of the latest technologies.
WHY SCHOOLS ARE EMBRACING TECHNOLOGY
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There was a time not too long ago when schools had one computer per classroom and sometimes only three or four computers for the entire school. People would take turns learning the basics of how computers work and how they can use them for other tasks. As time has gone on, digital technology is now used as a part of everyday life. Schools around the world are now embracing technology and incorporating it into all aspects of education.
App developers have taken note. Subjects like reading, languages, math, and science can be complemented via educational apps.
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Few would deny that education is the great equalizer; as a society, we have embraced the concept of education for all. What we haven’t yet figured out is the idea of equitable education for all — the key to giving all learners the skills they need to be successful, engaged, and productive.
Learning in the time of COVID-19 has given us an up-close view of the successes and failures of modern education, underscoring something we already knew — students’ success requires social and academic support. And that support is unevenly distributed.
What’s taking us so long? What’s in the way? How do we clear the path?
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At this point, most colleges that have announced their plans for the spring are intending to continue their modality and residence choices from the fall. Many have brought students back to campus but are continuing most instruction online. Others have encouraged students to stay home. For students at colleges that have gone remote, that means they will likely experience over a year of online learning.
Research has shown that remote learning can be as good or better than in-person learning for the students who choose it. But thousands of students will soon be entering their third semester of remote instruction despite having self-selected for an in-person college experience.
Generation Z is perhaps the first generation to have grown up without associating reading with printed books. For everyone who did not grow up with a digital device in their hands, books are the most natural thing when it comes to reading. That’s precisely why reading books remains of the utmost importance in our education system. Indeed, experts have measured greater cognitive mental stimulation and brain exercise through the process of reading. Additionally, reading improves communication skills as the more one reads, the more vocabulary and knowledge one can acquire. It also enhances writing abilities and focus, making it easier to convey a message. Creative individuals also note that reading books improves their imagination and overall sense of empathy, increasing emotional intelligence in the process.
However, it becomes essential to ask ourselves whether books are the key to those skills and abilities, or whether the storytelling process can create similar benefits outside of the printed pages. Indeed, there is more than one medium to share stories, and they all have their advantages.
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For more than a decade, Renaissance has published the What Kids Are Reading report to help educators guide students to books they will love. Based on a sample of more than 7 million students across 26,000 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the report is one of the largest surveys of student reading habits in the world.
Before I share some of the key findings of What Kids Are Reading, it is worth taking a moment to answer the question: “Why does it matter what kids are reading outside of classwork?”
A recent study published by Frontiers in Education suggests that certain modern communicative applications, namely WhatsApp and Google Drive, can be just as effective a mode of communication between students and their instructors as face-to-face meetings. The study was conducted using a sample of 123 Spanish pre-service students, all of whom are studying to obtain their Educational Master’s Degree from the University of Granada, Spain.