How To Learn Anything Fast
In this digital age where automation is a norm, and nothing is permanent but change, humans have partly evolved as an accessory to a machine, and a filler in an assembly line gap. Everything is powered by and maintained by technology. Information dissemination has been made widely and quickly accessible, which made the good ol’ libraries practically obsolete. Learning has become so easy, and rid of restrictions.
We facilitators have been rising to the challenge year-after-year. From the traditional brick-and-mortar set up, which was perceived to be debilitated by lack of technological advancements, to a computer-abled environment, to a tandem of humans and technology which we now refer to as blended learning, we have greatly evolved both in skill, and our capacity to embrace changes. We utilize the capabilities of the digital world to better respond to different learning styles and needs, and transform it into a tool for engagement.
Blended or hybrid learning in definition, is an integration of traditional facilitation, and utilization of online media. Online technology is used to supplement and improve the learning process, while using an adaptation of learning methodologies, and still designed to fulfill various educational objectives.
Over the years, technology has played a huge part in mediating between facilitators and learners. Classrooms have quickly transformed into laboratories, and the world wide web provided outlets for learning materials via webinars and downloadable learning packets. Self-paced materials gained popularity, providing timed face-to-face interaction, and self-induced learning. Blended Learning provided an avenue for learners and facilitators alike, to engage in an online community, and access to learning beyond the confines of a four-walled room.
This model has given way to a better time management scheme. Learners are able to digest information based on comprehension speed, and are able to go back and reference information from a standard source.
Blended Learning also promotes learner-centered interaction. Material designs are learning style centric, catering to the needs of different learners, guided by VARK’s (Visual-Aural-Read/Write-Kinesthetic) multimodal facets.
Collaboration is also encouraged, with advanced digital aids, learners are able to research and share ideas to a group. Online portals provide avenues for its users to contribute and make the ideas available for the community’s consumption.
Engagement is made easier and more natural, with learners having access to information nuggets, sharing and interacting is made more insightful, and pleasantly challenging.
The facilitator brings all of these components together, directing learners towards the skill-building and behavioral aspects of learning, using expertise on facilitation and classroom management skills refined over years of facilitation. Blended learning may be the 21st century’s learning model of choice. It presents a psychomotor advantage, satisfies self-paced needs, helps drive engagement through its variety of channels, and fulfills the need for a face-to-face interaction which plays a big role in the evaluation and mentoring of the learner.
Karen Anne Sordan
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