21st century is the age of digital learning. Thanks to the advent of technology there have been advancements in the modes of learning. Organizations like the corporate houses and the educational institutions are switching to e-learning modes.
eLearning is the new age learning platform that has enabled people, keen on enhancing their knowledge base, to have access to anytime anywhere information.
eLearning is specifically learning via an electronic media where internet forms the catalyst that bridges the gap between information and e-learning.
The recent learning and development trends of 2017 –
Learning through smart phones:
Smart phones today are an integral part of any individual’s life that have enabled anytime anywhere eLearning.
e-learning via smart phones can be done through: –
You-tube videos and Google which are open platforms where people can have access to information on any topic.
Second platform being online applications provide lectures to students on subjects of Science and Maths making learning fun and easy. It goes beyond the traditional pedagogy of class-rooms providing personalized attention to students which at times lack in class-room teaching.
Learning via smart boards:
Smart boards are the in thing these days. They replace the traditional black-board mode of study. With smart boards, teachers can teach any topic using live videos posted on You-tube or can browse through Google to get first hand answers for any queries of students then and there.
Eg: we have TATA’s initiative of CLASS EDGE a type of smart board with inbuilt software.
These smart boards are a boon for aspiring students in rural areas who are keen on learning. Smart boards have, therefore, made education accessible to such students.
Learning via cloud service:
Cloud is an online based service wherein an organization or for that matter any person can store relevant information relating to a particular context. For example, a teacher uploading lectures for his students that can be accessed by authorized users through their devices. Cloud service provides wide range accessibility to connected users at the same time from anywhere.
I would cite an example stating about a service named MOODLE. It acts like is an intranet site for our campus where students through their personal moodle id can access-
- Lectures captured via Impartus
- Daily attendance, and
- Subject related details
Thus, like a cloud service, all the relevant data relating to student profile is uploaded and stored on moodle which can be accessed by students anytime anywhere.
Moreover, students can also engage in collaborative learning as open discussion forums are posted on moodle that offer a one to one access between students and faculty. So, moodle goes beyond the traditional boundaries of learning restricted to class-room.
It involves learning in a group through online platforms such as in the form of blogs, e-mail exchange and even discussion forums as mentioned above between members of an organization. Collaborative learning enables people to resolve their doubts as well as enhance their knowledge horizon because as the saying goes, “when we learn together we learn better”
Social learning as the name suggests is learning via social media. Although this concept has been there for quite some time, but its presence has been felt now by organizations when they hire a higher proportion of millennial as part of their workforce.
Employees today are more comfortable with working over Skype rather than mails because it seems more convenient. Moreover, updates on media like Facebook and WhatsApp, applications like You-Tube for videos have made learning fun and user friendly. Employees can learn at their own pace which results in better understanding of the concepts.