E-learning is not for everyone! However, if we think about it, anyone who is reading this blog is somewhat accepting that ‘Digital Age of learning’ is here; here to stay! As we edge closer to being hard wired 24/7 to technology we become more mindful of just how e-learning impacts our day to day actions. We use E-learning tools as a matter of convenience to gain knowledge, acquire new skill and understand information. In tight labor markets we self-educate; learn and train ourselves to maintain competitive advantages in the ever changing landscape of work and labour. Not only are we learning to research new information quickly, we are advancing our own self-awareness of knowledge, understanding, and memorizing information during practical use.
SO, how can we best prepare for the future of work in the ‘digital age’? Well, we can bring an attitude that embraces e-learning. By participating in online communities such as social networking site i.e. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) and viewing or listening best practices on online blogs, podcasts, or simply reading material available on libraries and other institutional self-directed sites. We can continue to stay up to date on advancement for best learning retention theories and practices by having a curiosity to learn new things.
On the flip side, how can educators best prepare for ongoing trends in student learning? Educators can match their methodologies and approaches to online teaching theories and practice trends. For one educators may elect to include students into curriculum design, and lesson plan delivery; in doing so, Educators can improve student engagement, and participation for an optimal self-directed student learning experience. Additionally, teaching trough the lens of learners (‘being student centered’) an educator while teaching and continuing to learn right alongside students to become master craftsman in their profession.
Educators can use mix method approaches and technique for linking theory and practice in designing a web-based programs to ensure maximum participation. The trends associated with self-directed learning will continue to increase as equal access to equal education continues to advance. For educators and learners alike, self-development is intertwined in self-directed learning practices, and self-motivation to acquire knowledge and understanding.
The website https://www.khanacademy.org/ is a free nonprofit site that allows students, parents and educators to pursue self-directed learning.