Our way of communicating has changed. We no longer need to be in front of our friends to have a conversation or to plan for the next weekend. In addition, our way of life has also undergone changes: we have more access to information thanks to the internet, mobile applications are part of our lives and they make it easier for us, and we don’t even read like before (eBooks, iPads, electronic magazines …).
So if our way of life is not the same, Why do we continue to educate the same way? Education must be transformed to prepare future workers for the information age.
What is B-learning and e-learning?
B-learning is one in which the student follows regular courses, as in classical education, but in turn, it has an online platform to develop jobs, homework or evaluations. This platform allows you to benefit from more personal work and to choose the time and place to learn.
As can be seen, this is a type of combined learning. Online learning is one in which the student does not attend face-to-face lessons and their learning is entirely online.
The e-learning student plays an active role; first of all, he is the one who manages his time and plans his learning. Compared to traditional education in which students go to class with a specific schedule and a structured program, with days of tests, homework and exercises … in tele-training, the student can afford to study subject at a time that suits you best and perform the assessments and exercises in the same way. At the same time you have to learn to manage yourself and plan.
On the other hand, he must have as a requirement technical skills to manage the teaching platform and be able to plan and be his own manager in its development. Along with this, their role is fully active in the learning process as they participate in forums, chats, conduct activities, contribute ideas, etc. In short, in e-learning, the student is the protagonist of his learning process.
The role of the teacher has also been changed. In other trainings, this one has the central paper: it explains the content, it plans the evaluations and the activities to be carried out. In b-learning or e-learning, the teacher assumes the role of facilitator or moderator. In this way, students are empowered to lead their own learning and thus help them develop skills that will be useful in their professional life such as planning, organization, self-study and resource management.
e-learning 1.0 and e-learning 2.0
The main difference between e-learning 1.0 and e-learning 2.0 is that the latter has “social media” or social networks, which give the student the opportunity to develop his social skills and complement social learning through various tools like wikis, blogs or chats. In e-learning 1.0, the student was still a passive learner because he did not have social tools.
The interaction that students have with these materials is different from what they had in e-learning 1.0 in that they only had access to limited, non-social material. It is true that in order to participate in this type of e-learning they must have certain computer skills and new technologies. That is why they also need to develop these skills, which in turn will serve them in today’s digital world of work.
Internet gives the possibility to find more than one source of information or tools on the same subject. Therefore, the students of this century must know how to classify, search for information and synthesize it to create their learning. In addition, this transformation in education gives the opportunity to develop the creativity that is often put aside in classical education and to limit itself to forcing the pupils to reproduce what is explained by the teacher.
Isn’t it time to start educating according to the demands of the working world?
Author: Itxasne Oliva