When we speak of education today, two main revolutions are evoked: one provided by the invention of the printer, in the 15th century, by Gutenberg; another brought by the popularization of the internet. The ability to print and replicate documents triggered a kind of learning. Now the idea of having a large amount of content available on a mobile device introduces a new way of learning: with online education.
Nowadays, it is possible to attend university classes, take professional courses, learn to play the guitar, photograph, exercise, cook, sew, in short … control everything, through the Internet. Teaching is becoming on-demand, interactions between students and teachers take place in discussion forums and email exchanges, Google drive, Skype is a video conferencing tool that can work very well as a classroom.
But what is behind this educational revolution? Is online learning really the education of the future?
The Internet has not only democratized education, but it is fundamentally changing the way we learn. For many academics, online and distance learning is a natural evolution of this second educational technological revolution: now we are always connected, with networks of contacts that go beyond physical barriers and are found in various digital devices. So learning when and where you want to go back to normal. It is a consequence of this modernization of content.
Keeping up with the latest e-Learning trends can be a challenge for even the most dedicated educator. However, as a quick introduction, eLearning moves towards more inclusive and collaborative approaches:
- Adaptive learning
Adaptive learning is a style of education where resources, activities, projects, and tasks are tailored to the individual needs of each student. In the context of eLearning, the implementation of adaptive learning is generally achieved through established algorithms and evaluations, a difference from the potentially arbitrary determinations of the teachers themselves.
- Social learning
Social learning takes the basic components of human interaction and group dynamics and applies them to technological modernity. Online forums, chat rooms of all kinds, file-sharing platforms – With social learning in the e-space, collaboration has never been more productive, efficient, and seamless. Now, classmates can offer perspectives and support from anywhere, whether they’re in the classroom, at home, or at a nearby cafeteria.
- Video Learning
Although it is a generalization, they say that there are three types of visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning, which achieves better results in education when faced with videos, voices and practical demonstrations, respectively. For many years, despite this dichotomy, hearing students were the only group well served by the standard lecture / classroom format in which to take notes. With the advent of eLearning, this is no longer the case, as video learning is increasingly an accessory to classrooms around the world.
It is common sense that many students, regardless of age, may be intimidated by the prospect of large multi-phase projects. Students, as well as collaborative classrooms everywhere, have achieved better results by dividing projects, lessons, and other learning materials into more manageable parts. These pieces can manifest as readable text, video lessons, interactive activities, to name just a few applications.
It doesn’t matter if you’re five or fifty, learning is always more interesting, as well as more digestible, when it’s fun. This facet of eLearning, known as gamification or game-based learning, tries to make education fun.
- Mobile Learning
Although not strictly part of what is known as traditional eLearning, the evolution of mobile learning, or eLearning, is certainly a trend that needs to be considered. Not long ago, the concept of doing anything on a mobile device, beyond just 8-bit calls and games, was utopian. If we come here until today, almost anything is possible and everyone values the ability to do things while on the go.