The new age tools of learning are here, and they are here to stay
by Kanishk Agarwal
We've heard a lot about "modern learning" in recent years, but describing modern learning can be quite difficult. So what am I talking about here? YouTube, mind maps, infographics, mnemonics and cheat sheets are part of the modern way of learning.
What about "active learning"?
Active learning refers to any learning experience in which the student actively engages or communicates with the learning process, as opposed to passively absorbing knowledge. When offered the ability to consciously communicate with the content they’re studying, students do better. It feeds the brain, allowing it to link new and old knowledge, correct past misconceptions, and rethink current thoughts or opinions.
Active learning stimulates the brain's cognitive and sensory networks, which aids in the processing and storage of new information. According to a study of learning-centered approaches to education, students learn better as they actively engage in the learning process. Discussion, rehearsal, analysis, and implementation are also examples of active learning. Solving challenges, team building with new ideas, and working on a math problem on a sheet of paper as a challenge are all examples of active learning.
Why not stick to the "old ways"?
Didactic learning is a lecture-heavy, authoritative approach to education in which the learner is largely passive. It transforms the instructor into an information dispenser and the pupil into a largely idle receiver. Students should also ask the instructor questions to gain/expand their comprehension, but although it does not have to be a ‘all one direction' solution, it is mostly one-sided.
Didactic instruction and lecture can be traced back to the 14th century, when teachers read to pupils while taking notes. Since information was not readily accessible or popular at the time, this approach fixed the dilemma at the time; massive lecture halls were the best available way for communicating and spreading knowledge. For students, “education” became “take copious notes and write down as much detail as possible.”
It's only natural that in the Information Age, we step away from lecture-only frameworks.
But what's the difference?
1. The lesson on deadly diseases is passive learning, while active learning is the debate of which diseases students have learned of and in what way.
2. Passive learning provides an annotated image of a cell, while active learning provides an unlabeled image of a cell for students to analyse and annotate themselves.
3. Active learning is the simulation that responds to student feedback or stops to ask formative questions, while passive learning is the video viewed in a quiet classroom with no thought prompts or conversation.
How do teachers get onboard?
1. Discussion Board - Students should take what they heard in class or from their readings to begin the conversation online. Students should choose something fascinating from the content, do additional homework, and write a few paragraphs about what else they have discovered about the subject. In addition, students must refer to what their peers have shared.
2. Youtube Videos, Case study discussions, Group projects
3. Making the class more active and making sure all members present take part in the activities and assisting those who find it difficult to interact.
Your modern learners would enjoy how you design learning to help them succeed in the face of the modern workplace's unrivalled demands.