Let’s see how digitization in learning is affecting learning and teaching; and its significant change on the entire education system.
It has been said by philosophers that “The change is the only constant in the world”. The same applies to technology as well. Technology has changed every part of our lives starting from the way how we communicate, eat, travel, work and learn.
The innovations have made new generation tech-savvy and updated. From the past 20 years, the internet is a significant driver behind this change. Nowadays we can’t imagine our life without the internet; it has become such an integral part of our life that we have stopped noticing its pros and cons also.
Now when we try to find out how digitization in learning is affecting learning and teaching; it has significantly changed the entire education system. When it comes to academics, interactive and non-interactive are the types of learning and teaching.
Starting from junior KG students till graduation and post-graduation, students began using e-learning material, different mobile apps, software, simulators to understand the depth of the subject. Previously the academics focus was limited to theory more. Students used to refer to a lot of books to understand a single topic.
Visiting a library, searching for reference books, taking notes are tedious activities. In spite of all this, the percentile of understating of the topic was limited. Also when it comes to teaching, all institutes might not be able to appoint the expertise for each subject.
So the knowledge was just restrained with the particular educational institute. But these technology tools have opened the doors for all aspirants.
E-Learning software’s or virtual teaching tools can help to have virtual classrooms sessions. Rural area students are getting more benefits from this.
Recorded lectures are giving more flexibility for working students who are not able to attend the regular college due to work timings. These students can learn on their own pace and flexible timings with a quality education.
Now when it comes to corporate training, specialised certifications, masters, skill development courses, again technology has proved its advantages to the system. In the past to arrange a single organisational training, it involved days of planning, organising suitable venues, tutors and participant’s availability.
Sometimes a trainer’s accommodation, participants travelling cost and much more stuff. Also if training is at a different location, it is a cost to the company as you have to drag employees away from their existing job for the entire training schedule. But now because of technology, employees don’t need to travel and leave their current work activities.
There are computer based training tools, Go to webinar/meeting tools are available; with the help of which virtual training can be arranged at different geographical locations at a single time with the same expertise trainer.
Here organisation is saving the cost of accommodation, travel and trainers cost as well as the productivity effect is also getting reduced. An employee saves their travelling effort and can learn in the flexible environment again from the same expertise. Because of this innovation, a person seating in India can learn international curriculum within the same premises.
A learning management system is again a very impressive tool, where a candidate can gain knowledge by seating at home during weekends. They can take their favourite course as per their convenient timings and schedules, yet the quality of education remains standard with interactive and active learning techniques.
The same applies to post-graduation courses or some conventional technology related subjects. An employee can work and also upgrade his or her academics or can complete the dream of a master’s degree without disturbing his professional career.
Digitization in learning is not only making learning easy but also making it more interactive, engaging and exciting. It has been proved that new learning has imparted great productivity.
So ultimately digitization in learning has changed our way of learning, teaching and knowledge gathering. There is another side of this; we need to be more careful while choosing the right path of education. When knowledge resources were limited, we used to get standard and proven information from subject matters expertise.
But today, we are getting overloaded with information from different resources like internet search engines, videos, social media platforms, articles, blogs, and forums etc. Sometimes we get contradictory information which may lead to confusion. So while living in the technology era, instead of information gatherer we should be information curator.