Education in the 21st Century-eLearning

Instructor led eLearning

However, there is a way to ensure that the advantages of online learning are combined with the ability of educators to actively teach their students, through instructor led eLearning. This makes learning available to even the most remote, and also expands on the dynamism available to classroom led learning [http://www.trainingindustry.com/learning-technologies/articles/benefits-to-applying-virtual-instructor-led-training.aspx]. This method cImage result for smart boardombines both the traditional methods of teaching with the online environment. This ensures that the most up to date resources are used but a teacher is still able to interact with a class on a one to one basis. Whilst still facing some of the problems of traditional learning such as forcing all students to work at the same pace, this method is perhaps the most effective way to encourage student learning. It is easier to adapt using this method, enabling instructors to be more flexible with their approach. This can include both changing their teaching style and also incorporating online resources into the lesson. It is also easier to enforce attendance where an instructor is present, with wholly online leaning resources there is no guarantee that a learner will use them [http://www.growthengineering.co.uk/what-is-instructor-led-training/].

An Alternative

However, instructor led elearning is more expensive and so may not be a viable option for all organisations. In this case an alternative option is to lower the blend of onlineImage result for laptop learning and traditional learning. This means giving a set amount of time for an instructor to be one on one with a student, whilst leaving them to use online resources to complete any work. This method decreases the overall costings as well as the travel costs for both the students and teacher. More of the subject is online and left to the student to work on independently, this ensures that students are able to work at their own pace. The sessions with the teacher, will be pre-determined progress report meetings where a student can show how far they have got. With the advancement of technology, students can easily contact the teacher through email to ask for help where appropriate.

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Education in the 21st Century

Negatives for students in online learning

There are negatives associated with online learning which affect the students and may cause an inhibition of the learning process. Poorer families may struggle to keep up with the advancing technology and some students may not have easy access to digital resources, causing a potential division in the class. For example, they may only be able to access digital resources at school or a library. This is not the easy access envisioned where students would have access to a wide range of resources from their own home. This creates a potential division between students, as poorer students are not able to keep up with the advancements in the same way as more affluent families [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-20899109]. To prevent this, more support should be given to those without access to prevent a disparity in resources between students.

With the current trend in technology and the enablement of online learning as a viable option, students may not have to attend class physically. This may be problematic for students in general, due to the nature of online teaching not enabling social interactions between students which would have been available through physical attendance. If a whole curriculum was available online, not requiring attendance by students, this could severely impact their social skills and inhibit them in later life. Social interaction is one of the key skills which is gained through attendance at school, to prevent this may damage students’ growth. Digital learning encourages greater mobility of students, this could lead to schools moving on troublesome students [http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11699382]. Another potential pitfall for online learning is the support available to those who are struggling. In an online environment it may be more difficult for teachers to tell whether a student is struggling. This could lead to students feeling isolated and alone [http://www.itworld.com/article/2784923/careers/e-learning-isolation.html]. To avoid this there needs to be a balance between teacher interaction and the use of online resources. Achieving this balance ensures that the optimum teaching environment is created to nurture and advance a student’s learning.

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Education in the 21st Century

Online Learning

Education in the 21st Century is very much going down the path of online learning due to new developments in technology. Alongside this, there is a new expectancy that educators will incorporate these advancements into the learning environment. This shift has changed the way in which educators work; they must include online learning to ensure their pupils are able to achieve success in a rapidly changing digital society Image result for Millennial Office Worker[https://elearningindustry.com/online-learning-millennial-workforce]. The rise of the digital age and the influx of millennial workers poses a particular expectation on educators to move with the times, using the most up to date technology in classes. The rapid rate in which technology is advancing, ensures that teachers have to adapt to newer technologies quickly to avoid being left behind.

Positives

There are many positives associated with this digital evolution for teachers, students and even school governors. The implementation of digital resources is cost effective, due to the reduction in the need to purchase text books and other study materials. There is also the ability to update information contained online much quicker making it more efficient. This ensures that the most up to date resources are available to students. The online environment can be a more stimulating place than the traditional classroom. With the presence of both more interactive classes and a risk free online environment where they can make mistakes anonymously [http://elearningbrothers.com/the-advantages-of-elearning/]. eLearning, whilst advancing with technology also advances with new governmental learning objectives of having individual learning plans for students, enabling them to work at their own pace. This ensures that students are working at the optimum level to their own abilities, and are not being left behind. Online learImage result for interactive classesning also has a more obvious effect, as well as learning about subject specific topics, the student gains the computer and internet skills which arise from using the digital resources. These are only some of the many positives associated with eLearning and the use of technology in classes. Further development could revolutionise teaching in new ways and ensure that students are taught in new and exciting environments.

Negatives

Although there are many positives with this advancement in technology and the potential it has to improve learning; there are potential drawbacks. It is therefore unwise to become over reliant upon these advancements. If a malfunction occurs or simply if the technology stops working, what then? This can disrupt a class and cause learning to be inhibited. It may also be difficult for some teachers to adapt and they may struggle with the new technology or find older methods to be more efficient [http://teacher21.org/article/recent-articles/21-my-struggle-with-technology].

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Standardisation Meeting.

 

Elite Training, Assessing and Development CIC, undertook a “social” gathering at our Manchester Offices St Georges Community Centre, this was vaguely disguised as a “standardisation meeting“.

Tea, cakes and crumpets were the first offering of the day, expertly catered for by our fabulous Director Katherine and equally efficiently consumed by one and all.

The meeting was led by our New Quality Manager -Teaching and Learning- Penny Mitson and Heather Cowley.- Curriculum and Quality Manager.

The agenda was to welcome some of our new “Tutors”, review administration documentation and standardisation of our Level 3 Award Education and Training.

A fun and rewarding day was had by all…….Elite Training going from Strength to Strength.

Elite training strenght to strength

 

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