Wednesday, February 18, 2015

e-Learning - New Innovative ways of Learning

A vision for e-Learning describes a future where the effective use of advanced learning technology will reduce the time to learn without compromising the effectiveness and quality of education. It is where the dream of a personal intelligent tutor for every learner is realized.

E-Learning will enable personal customized learning -
- Anywhere
- Anytime
- Any pace

To meet the vision of the future Architecture the trends can be classified in three main areas:
- Innovative Ways of Learning
- Enabling Pervasive Technologies
- Enabling Infrastructures

This blog I try to list Innovative Ways of learning….
Innovative Ways of Learning
This focuses on methodologies in producing e-Learning where the technological solution is transparent to the user. It emphasizes new ways of making the learning more effective and objective.

-Outcome based learning, learning methodology which focusses on aligning a course based on the final outcome based on standard.
Ex- First Grade State standard “Add and subtract within 20”
So the outcome here is learner should be able to add and subtract within 20, if learner is able to do addition and subtraction to that effect then the goal is achieved. Learner can move to next outcome.

This methodology works with setting up a defined goal and then gives concept and exercise to that goal and in end giving test exercise where learner has to answer these questions requiring students to demonstrate that they have learned the required skills and content. It promotes curricula and assessment based on constructivist methods.

-Collaboration & community, As they real fun is doing things together.
This methodology promotes collaborative way of working, giving rise to the way student projects are structured.
The days of isolated learning is disappearing, giving way to models in which students and their teacher collaborate together and understand address issues objectively with real-life examples by collaboration. The geography and location are also becoming immaterial in this paradigm.

- Project based plan, where learning objective is like a project to facilitate learning in measurable milestone programs followed by assessment to measure success of achievement of the milestone objective.

-Lifelong Learning, Learning never stops. One finishing goal shows next milestone to reach.
Learning is not only limited to curriculum and schools but also for personal, civic, social and employment.
There is high requirement for ways of progressing in life to achieve higher salary, better standards of living, and progress in social ladder. This methodology aims improving for current knowledge and expertise and sets up goal for next promotion and train for the job of tomorrow. It makes the practice of professional development a continuous one.

Ex- It takes up the profile of a software developer and quickly draws up a career plan for him like 2 year senior programmer, 4 years managing capabilities…. The plan may list skills required, available options of certifications …

-Adaptive Learning, All learners are unique in their requirement and their skill to learn.
Adaptive-learning is moving away from traditional mass-teaching based one-for-all learning methodologies. There is increasing trend to model the learning programs based on individual learners’ needs, preferences, and learning goals, that is  learning has become  more and more personalized and adaptive.

Adaptive Learning is based on some intelligent engine which compiles the course based on the learners IQ, his performance in earlier assessments.  The engine adapts the content based on the learner’s behavior – like his assessment score, his last questions’ answer, and his behavior in time…

Ex- During assessment, if learner gives wrong answer to an addition question, the next question could be more simple addition question or showing him answer and then putting similar question again.

-Learning Analytics, Analytics is heart of adaptive and optimized learning. Collection of learner behavior, Measurement, Analysis and subsequent reporting or profiling and using that report of profile to adapt the course, next goal or Next assessment question ….

Leaning Analytics models the learner activity, interaction, assessment results and learner profile to predict and in short-term the adaptive learning by course and content customization, learning personalization and in long-term help in finding the learning opportunities based on the objective map and skills.

-E-Portfolio, is kind of management of record for lifelong learning methodology. It is a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed by a user. E-portfolios are both demonstrations of the user's abilities and platforms for self-expression. It also record of things that the learner has done over a period of time, and may be directly tied to learner outcomes or rubrics.

E-portfolio is like progressive curriculum vitae of a person.

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