Wednesday, 26 October 2016

RIP: Blackboard The Digital Teaching Era is Here

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Technology has for long established its place in teaching.  But until recently, it had remained more on the fringe of education being used mainly to support regular classroom teaching.  However, in the last decade, technology has been increasingly influencing the core teaching activities. The way the technology is moving from the boundary to the centre can be seen from the following trends.

Instructors have been increasingly introducing more online study elements into their classroom teaching. Here digital technology may be used to store lecture notes in the form of slides or PDFs, links to online readings may be provided or online forums for discussion may be established. Thus online learning is gradually combined with face-to-face teaching.  But this is without changing the basic classroom teaching model. Here online teaching is used as a supplement to traditional teaching.

Students realise that if a lecture is recorded, they can view this at their convenience and at their own pace, viewing the lecture as many times required for them to grasp the concepts thoroughly and then the instructors find that the classroom time could be used for more interactive sessions. This model has become popular as the “video lessons”.

Another important development linked to online learning is the move to more open education. Over the last few years, there have been developments in open learning that are beginning to directly impact conventional methods of teaching. The chief one being e-books. E-books or digital textbooks are those that can be downloaded in a digital format by students (or instructors), thus enabling a considerable saving on money spent on printed textbooks.

“Online Learning” is now becoming a major and central activity for niche subjects in the IT field.  A student may not be able to find an instructor in his vicinity for his chosen field.  An instructor may not be able to synchronise his timings to suit his students or the students may be located at different far-flung locations.  To solve these problems the instructor is aptly able to make use of Online Lessons.

These rapid developments in educational technologies mean that the teaching faculty and instructors need to correctly assess the value of different available technologies: new or existing, and decide how and when these technologies are best suited for them and their students’ use.

Blended and online learning, social media and video lessons are all developments that are critical for effective teaching in this digital age. More importantly, these forms of education, once considered unconventional and different, are now increasingly becoming quite popular and in some cases becoming the mainstream choice of learning. As teachers and instructors become more familiar and confident with online learning and new technologies, there will be more innovative methods developing all the time.

But do remember, online learning by whatever method can never replace an experienced and qualified instructor. A well-qualified, CTET certified teacher is a valuable asset to any educational organization and will always be in demand. And the best way to get a CTET certification is to enroll oneself for professional coaching from the likes of TalentSprint, who are specialists in teacher training programs. Just as in real life, the Institute believes in a digital mode of teaching-learning systems and offers Live Classes, Interactive Forums, Performance Analysis and Recommendations with Placement Assistance and Placement Drive Update.

So if you are feeling digitally native, you are at the right place!

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