No generation is more at ease with online, collaborative technologies than today’s young people— “digital natives”, who have grown up in an immersive computing environment. Where a notebook and pen may have formed the tool kit of prior generations, today’s students come to class armed with smart phones, laptops and iPods. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of survey respondents from the public and private sectors say that technological innovation will have a major impact on teaching methodologies over the next five years. It will become ever more interwoven in the fabric of academic life.
Online learning has gradually evolved from the concept of content based learning to Live Interactive online learning which has improved two way communication, teacher-learner interactivity, improve pedagogy and ease content distribution. The objective has always been to replicate the pedagogical experiences of a face to face learning Environment. Educational institutions are changing from a one dimensional (Physical) concept to a multi-dimensional (Physical, Online and Immersive) one.
Changing Role of students in online learning
· From acting as passive receptacles for hand-me-down knowledge, to constructing their own knowledge. · From being adept at just memorizing facts, to excelling in complex problem-solving activities. · From being passive learners, to seeking more activities in which they refine their own questions and search for answers. · From being solo learners, to collaborating on assignments, where students become more proficient with teamwork and group interactions. · From being dependent on explicit directions, to seeking autonomous, independent self-motivated learning opportunities. · From being rote learners, seeking to pass the test, to being active learners, looking to acquire learning strategies. · From being limited to prescribed textbooks, to having access to vast pedagogical resources as secondary references.
But perhaps the most critical question facing the children today is something far more fundamental: namely, what it will mean to be an educated person in the 21st century. As our study indicates, these sweeping technological changes will effectively change the skill-sets of the future workforce, as well as its approach to work in general. As a result, societies around the world will need to consider how to make the most of these new opportunities and thus ensure that they remain competitive in the global marketplace.
“Don’t limit your child to your own learning for he was born in another time”
- Rabindranath Tagore