All the indications are that the future of the classroom is very different to the static, traditional learning of the past. Technological innovation, more mobile lifestyles and the busy schedules of learners have already started to change the way that learning is delivered. Now, when we look at the future of the classroom it’s a much more flexible and versatile concept than ever before.
Learning on the go
As learning has evolved it has essentially stepped out of the classroom and, in doing so, has become much more closely embedded in the lives of learners. In the future this trend is likely to continue. Today, learning can be delivered via a range of devices, such as smart phones and tablets, which makes it accessible no matter what kind of equipment learners have. Learning is entirely mobile – it can be done wherever the individual is with their device and support can be accessed as and when required, rather than being restricted to meetings or tutorials.
A more collaborative approach
Some criticism of learning leaving the classroom has focused on the way this may impact collaborative study. However, online communities that have sprung up around learning have proven that collaboration is very much alive in e-learning. These groups provide the same level of social interaction and working and learning together while not requiring learners to be in the same room to do it. This online collaboration is the future of shared learning experiences.
The benefits of this future learning model
More mobile learning that is built around a more collaborative approach has some clear benefits for learners.
Perhaps one of the biggest issues with traditional classroom and teaching schedules has been the lack of flexibility. Schedules can be rigid and missing tutorials or learning sessions can be incredibly detrimental to overall performance. Learning on the go allows the flexibility to accommodate a busy life, whether that’s work or family or something else.
Perhaps due to the flexibility that is available outside of a traditional classroom, or the way that new learning styles allow for courses to be broken down into manageable sections, this more evolved way of learning often delivers better results. In fact, learners are much more likely to complete a course when they are doing it outside of a traditional classroom environment. It also makes it much easier for learners to move on to the next challenge.
Traditional learning methods tend to result in lower levels of engagement than those that step outside of a classic classroom environment. Again, convenience comes into play but so too do the opportunities for personalisation that are offered by a more evolved, flexible way of learning. E-learning and mobile learning allow learners to progress at their own pace and in a way that works for their individual learning style. The result is that engagement rates are higher and learners are more likely to finish what they started.
There is no doubt that the future of the classroom is being shaped by this trend towards mobile learning. Given the benefits for learners, as well as the results that can be achieved, it’s no surprise that this is the direction most want to take now.
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