Plutarch’s view on education remains true to this day.
Education has always been about acquiring knowledge, sharing ideas and imagining possibilities. While the essence of education has remained constant, the method of imparting knowledge has changed. So too has its setting. From Aristotle’s public discourses to the hallowed hallways of elite institutions to the open nature of online education opportunities today, how we learn, what we learn, and where we learn, has evolved over centuries.
In years past, learning was a one-way communication experience with a teacher imparting knowledge from the front of the classroom and students listening. Now, the learning experience is much more collaborative with a stronger emphasis on encouraging students to participate by sharing and discussing their ideas and perspectives. Such an approach reflects the significance given to teamwork and the ability to engage others fluently in today’s social environment.
There is now more flexibility built into the learning process, with online learning allowing students to adjust the pace and intensity of learning to suit their ability. The availability of online learning platforms also gives students and teachers the option of personalising learning, with a mix of online and classroom coaching to the benefitting students’ individual development.
As schools prepare their students for tertiary education, connectivity is helping students link with their peers all over the world to share information on course choices, places to study and what to expect when they get there.
The fact that technology plays such a widespread role in education is not surprising considering that technology has permeated every part of our lives. A whole new generation has grown up in an era where tablets and mobile phones are everyday tools they use to get their news, search for information and connect with friends.Thus, it makes sense that these tools now play an integral role in learning, with new applications developed to support students in their educational journey.
While schools have embraced technology as a teaching, communication and administrative tool, the pace of adoption has differed. This is due to different factors, ranging from budgetary constraints to strategic planning to school size.
Higher Education Institutions expect incoming students to be on par with global standards. Employers expect new recruits entering the workforce to have digital skills which are immediately applicable, hence the need to ensure that the relevant digital skills are being embedded into the curricula at the earliest possible stage.
Do your teaching and learning tools cater to higher education and workplace expectations? Is there a mismatch between what students are taught and the digital skills they will need to have? Are your solutions sufficiently flexible for you to easily make the adjustments needed to meet the demands of a fluid job market?
Individually, schools will have to demonstrate similar dexterity to distinguish themselves from their competitors and to nurture the successes of their students. The right Learning Management System can help education providers enhance the learning experience and keep students, teachers and administrators focused on their objectives – participating, sharing, collaborating, and learning.